About our Farm

Fairhaven Farm is located 25 miles north of Duluth, Minnesota on a beautiful patch of earth surrounded by forests, rivers and lakes. On our 27-acre organic farmstead we grow fresh vegetables, herbs, microgreens and flowers and serve the city of Duluth and its surrounding communities.  Fairhaven Farm is owned and operated by John Beaton and Emily Darnell. Together they strive to create a happy, healthy community in an environment of shared abundance and beauty.

A Place to Call Home

There have been many significant changes for us in the past couple of years.... We have not only found each other, but we’ve also found the farm of our dreams and have decided to make it our home. We’ve left our apartment (and urban farming locations) in the city and have immersed ourselves in rural farm life. Together with Emily's parents, we purchased the farm in July of 2017 from a retiring organic vegetable farmer. We are excited to continue the legacy that she left for us. The farm has been well-cared for and was equipped with some existing infrastructure that has allowed us to jump right in and start growing. We are so grateful for a place to call home and look forward to being stewards on this land for many years to come. 


Our Offerings

CSA Farm Shares: We are excited to offer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm shares to folks who want direct access to fresh, high-quality, organic and locally-grown produce. For the 2018 season we are offering Summer Full Shares and Summer Half Shares. For 18 consecutive weeks from mid-June to mid-October shares are delivered to one of our convenient drop sites in Duluth or may be picked up at our farm on Thursdays. 

Microgreens & Specialty Products:  We offer a unique selection of specialty products to select wholesale accounts such as microgreens, salad mixes, herbs and edible flower garnishes and vegetable transplants. This season, look for us at Whole Foods Co-op and area restaurants. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming one of our wholesale accounts.

Flowers:  We grow and arrange beautiful flowers for weddings, special occasions and events. We specialize in unique arrangements using seasonal, organic, locally-grown and wild-harvested flowers. Give us a call to book your event today!

Strawberry Shares: We are excited to be partnering with Uff-da Organics to offer organic strawberry shares! When you purchase a strawberry share, we'll deliver fresh, delicious strawberries for a period of 3 – 4 weeks starting in early July. Shares can be picked up at one of our convenient drop sites in Duluth alongside our vegetable CSA shares. Uff-da Organics aims to deliver between 6 – 8 quarts of strawberries before the season's end. 

Coffee Shares:  As a complement to CSA Farm Shares, we have partnered with a local coffee roastery, Almanac Coffee (formerly Perennial Coffee) to bring you Coffee Shares. Almanac Coffee is an artisan, microroastery based in Duluth, MN specializing in seasonal, single-origin coffees that are ethically sourced and sustainably grown. Almanac Coffee Full Share includes 10 oz. of single-origin, artisan coffee delivered to you every week for 18 weeks. The Almanac Coffee Half Share includes 10 oz. of single-origin, artisan coffee delivered to you every other week between mid-June and mid-October (9 deliveries in total). Shares can be picked up at one of our convenient drop sites in Duluth alongside our vegetable shares.

Kombucha Shares: We are excited to also be partnering with JoJo's Booch to offer kombucha shares! The JoJo's Booch Kombucha Share includes 1 (64 oz.) growler of rotating, small-batch kombucha delivered to you every week for 18 weeks mid-June through mid-October. Shares can be picked up at one of our convenient drop sites in Duluth alongside our vegetable shares. Jojo's Booch is brewed in small batches, with unique flavors in Duluth, Minnesota by our talented friend, Joe Olivieri. Enjoy a Kombucha Share as a complement to your Fairhaven Farm CSA Share!

Please contact us if you have any questions or add yourself to our mailing list below to stay in the loop about all of our farm offerings.

Our Guiding Principles

  1. We are all connected.

  2. If we support and respect the earth (soil, plants and all living beings) the earth will support us.

  3. Our health and happiness depends on what we consume (or don't consume).

  4. Food should not be mere sustenance — food should be nourishing and beautiful and should taste good too.

  5. Food should be cooked with butter and love and enjoyed — slowly — with friends and family.

  6. Flowers are always a good idea.