If you’re familiar with Frozen Garden, you know we ❤️ local farmers. That’s why we source as many ingredients as possible from local farmers, when available. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Dan and Julie Perkins, owners, farmers and all-around cool people from Perkins’ Good Earth Farm.
Dan who hails from the Northeast and Julie who’s a native Hoosier met while at college in Iowa. It was Dan’s infectious dream for growing food with no chemicals or pesticides while providing the same safety to friends, family and the community that lead to creating this family-operated farm more than 10 years ago in DeMotte, Indiana.
Now, in your mind you may imagine a farm as huge fields that go as far as the eye can see. But, believe it or not, Perkins’ farms just under an acre of land. How? They double and triple crop, which is equivalent to about three acres. Certified Naturally Grown (which is the same as organic), Dan refers to the Perkins’ method as “artisanal craft farming” because of all the hand labor, including hand-harvesting their high value, low volume crops.
The Process of Getting Perkins’ Crops to Frozen Garden
Perkins’ crops go from soil to Frozen Garden Smoothies and Fusions very quickly. Check out this process. Perkins’ harvests in the morning when it’s cool and immediately washes or cools the crops to preserve freshness. Once complete, Perkins’ makes the 45-minute trek to the Frozen Garden HQ where we triple wash and blast freeze by end of day to put into your Smoothies and Fusions. Boom. That’s it!
Being a Frozen Garden Farmer
When Frozen Garden started, we met with Perkins’ to discuss our needs and how we could create a partnership. At first, Perkins’ started by growing spinach for our Green Smoothies. Today, Perkins’ also grows cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, kale, basil, parsley, rosemary and mint for us. You can find their crops in literally every single one of our Smoothies as well as our Strawberry-Lemon-Basil and Orange-Pineapple-Rosemary Fusions.
Supporting Local Farmers
Did you know? When you support local farms, you reduce environmental costs because the food travels a shorter distance which also means less pollution. The end product is also much fresher because the farmer doesn’t have to grow for storage, they can grow for flavor. In addition, you’re providing a life for the farmers who’s taking care of the Earth and our environment.
We love that Dan and Julie because they take pride in nourishing the land and respecting nature while ensuring their crops are of the highest quality for you and your health.