by: Niki Mosier
Potatoes and goats are what Top of the Hollow Farm, owned by the Steines family, is most known for. Top of the Hollow potatoes and other produce have been available at the Co-op for the past ten years. The Steines family has been gardening and producing food for almost forty years. For the Steines it really is a family operation with grandpa Merle, daughter Becky and granddaughter Grace all involved in the process. Top of the Hollow became certified organic in 1994. At Top of the Hollow they believe completely that using chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers is the wrong way to nourish our bodies and the earth. Sticking to those principals, they adhere to all organic regulations and are inspected annually which means that hours of hands-on attention and labor lie behind every one of their products. Sourcing organic seed and establishing reliable markets to sell their products can make the seasons difficult. However, with all of the frustrations of farming come great joys like the knowledge that they are providing a healthy and organic product for the consumer. The Steines’ commitment to a simple, rural lifestyle devoted to sharing what they grow is part of what makes them a farmer’s market staple and an easy choice for those looking to purchase fresh, local produce. Look for Top of the Hollow potatoes and other produce here at the Co-op, at the Winneshiek Farmer’s Market in Decorah, or contact them for direct sale.