Shady Acres Herb Farm closing Chaska greenhouses after 39 years

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Theresa and Jim Mieseler grew and offered herbs and vegetables for 39 years at Shady Acres Herb Farm in Chaska, which is closing June 12.

For virtually four years, Theresa Mieseler has actually been a go-to source of plants and expertise for gardeners who wish to grow herbs. In the mid-1970’s, when she was positioned in charge of the herb gardens at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum by then-director Leon Snyder, she admits she was clueless.

I told him I put on to understand exactly what an herb is, recalled Mieseler.

She was a quick research study. Quickly she belonged to regional and global herb societies, and she and her spouse, Jim, were cultivating their own herb gardens, consisting of uncommon varieties, on their acreage in Chaska.

In 1977, the Mieselers turned their seedlings grown in Dixie cups in their basement into Shady Acres Herb Farm, where they ultimately cultivated and sold about 600 varieties of cooking herbs and vegetables including heirloom tomatoes and peppers in 8 greenhouses.

After 39 years, the couple, both in their 60’s, are hanging up their trowels since June 12.

It got to be a great deal of work, and Jim has back issues, stated Theresa, who added that they’re not selling or leasing the herb farm. Now was the time to retire.

The resourceful couple worked all year long on the farm, planting seedlings in the greenhouses in February and wrapping up the selling season in mid-June. They also held herb-related classes and events and opened a gift store.

We never ever dreamed that it would be such a wonderful business to be in and how it made people delighted, said Theresa, noting that they’ve made friends with garden enthusiasts all over the world who share their enthusiasm for herbs.

Shady Acres and its comprehensive, delicious array will be missed out on by Twin Cities herb enthusiasts, judging from e-mails and call to the Mieselers since they announced the closing. The couple even planted flats of specialized herbs for some of their loyal clients.

Now I m questioning where I m going to find mrihani basil, said Theresa.

Last herb hurrah

Shady Acres closing sale is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9-11, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 12, with plants, containers and pots offered at half-price.

The Mieselers likewise will set up a big tent for their last Garden Salon from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 27, featuring herb-related lectures, workshops, presentations and lunch at 7815 Hwy. 212, Chaska. Cost is $65. Register at shadyacres.com by June 20.

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