WELCOME TO OUR FARM
2023 Farm Status Report
1. Garlic is SOLD OUT for the year.
2. Cut-Your-Own Flowers: Over for the year.
3. Honey, Lip Balms, Lotion Bars, and Beeswax Food Wraps, T-Shirts, Tanks and Baseball Hats are available year-round and can be picked up from our residence. Online ordering & shipping for these is also available.
4. Strawberries & Blueberries are over for 2023. Next picking for Strawberries: mid-June 2024. Next picking for Blueberries: early July 2024. Instagram, Facebook, and Threads are the Go-to places for quick updates and pictures.
During picking season, we will update everything daily (more often if/when picking conditions/status changes throughout the day).
Thank you for visiting The Strawberry Basket
Brad & Bess Munsterteiger
Welcome to the Strawberry Basket & Big Woods Nectar and the home of Brad and Bess Munsterteiger.
Our story starts in 1983 when Brad’s parents started raising strawberries in Freeport, MN. Working with them, Brad learned the ins and outs of running a pick your own farm and he developed a love for growing strawberries.
Our venture into growing northern hard neck garlic began in 2019. Our Garlic is grown organically. We are currently testing 7 hard neck cultivars to see which ones perform best in our soil matrix and growing environment. Garlic is now available. We plan on increasing quantity for next year.
Cut Your Own Flowers
Brad's original plan was to only plant Sunflowers and Zinnias this summer. But, you know Brad, he got a little carried away when buying the seeds. He just had to buy a dozen or so other varieties to test. The test has gone well. We are now ready to invite the public in to cut their own flowers. We have Celosia, Bachelor Buttons, Snapdragons, Marigolds, Zinnias, and more. Sunflowers are available now.
You just can't beat the flavor of Minnesota grown strawaberries. These are superior to what you find at the grocery store. After sampling one of our juicy, sweet strawberries – we think you will agree it is worth the trip to "The Strawberry Basket" in Monticello, MN. Our fields are clean, straw mulched and full of very satisfied customers. Our farm is professionally managed and supervised by a great crew of adults and teenagers. We certainly appreciate their help and hope you do too.
Our blueberry planting consists of some 1100 bushes with cultivar names such as North Blue, Polaris, and Northland as our mainstay, all developed through the University of Minnesota plant program. Pick your own Blueberry season usually begins early July and lasts about 4 weeks.