Ryan and Maree Pesch, Pelican Rapids, MN
Lida Farm is a small certified organic vegetable farm between Vergas and Pelican Rapids, in the lakes district of Minnesota. We grow just about everything we can grow here and sell through our CSA in Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes, Pelican Rapids, Vergas, and around some lakes in-between. We also operate an on-site farm stand, and have been long-time vendors at the Lakes Area Farmers Market in Detroit Lakes, MN. We specialize in a mix of produce, concentrating on the staples like tomatoes, but also some specialty crops to make our CSA boxes and market stand interesting and fun. Lida Farm is owned and operated solely by Ryan and Maree Pesch with help from our children Sylvia, Willem, and Graham.
Ryan started in farming as an apprentice at Foxtail Farm of Osceola, WI in 2000 and 2001, one of the first CSA operations in the Twin Cities. After learning the ropes of vegetable production and operating a CSA, Ryan and Maree started out on their own in 2002, growing produce on Maree’s home farm in Lake Elmo and selling each Saturday at Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market. Ryan and Maree moved to Otter Tail County in 2004 and started their CSA in 2006 after a couple seasons in production and selling at the Lakes Area Farmers Market in Detroit Lakes. We were blessed to have an opportunity to start our own farm and family near Pelican Rapids.