Close to your food

Western Variety Farm provides fresh produce close to home


SHERIDAN — If you’re looking for some fresh local vegetables for your next summer salad, you need look no further than your own backyard. Or, more accurately, Fred and Karen Schubert’s backyard.

In March, 6,000 square feet of the Schuberts’ horse pasture was transformed into a commercial greens garden home to lettuce blends, baby kale, carrots, tomatoes and other kinds of homegrown produce. In just a matter of months, Brian Berglund, and his business Western Variety Farm, has found a niche in the community — providing homegrown veggies to local farmers markets and businesses like Sackett’s Market.

“The freshness of what you get when it’s just been picked and it’s over to the shelf the next day, you can just taste it,” Berglund said. “In that respect, there’s just no comparison. When you get a bag of salad that literally just came out of the field, it just tastes different and it keeps for longer too…It’s nice to be close to your food.”

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