Partner Bios

Partner of the Week: PURE NATURE HONEY

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Business Name: Pure Nature Honey
Type of Business: Local Honey Producer
Products: creamed honey, comb honey, beeswax candles, beeswax lip balm, and other beeswax and honey related products

Elk River Area Food Co-op Member Benefit:  $1.00 OFF ANY SIZE JAR OF HONEY (That's anywhere from 5-20% off)

How can we order??


About the family:

Pure Nature Honey started beekeeping in 2013. The plan was to have just a few hives, but by the end of the first year they had 8. Doubling to 16 the next year, and currently running close to 50 colonies in the Big Lake, Monticello, Elk River, and Rogers/Corcoran areas.

A true family business involving beekeeper Aaron & Melodie Staehnke. The Staehnke's have two young children that enjoy watching the bees and help in the honey house whatever task that may bee! Aaron's father Glenn also helps out from time to time with keeping and holding down the fort at the farmers markets.

Pure Nature Honey has been award winning several years in a row at both the county and state level. They have several varieties of creamed honey, comb honey, beeswax candles, beeswax lip balm, and other beeswax and honey related products. What sets them apart is their passion to produce a quality product, and their dedication on keeping a sustainable apiary.


Partnering with the Elk River Food Co-op: 

Pure Nature Honey became co-op members and partners the minute they found out about our efforts. They believe buying local food and supporting local farms and businesses is imperative for the local economy. They live with community in mind! "Invest in your community, by doing so you are making our community a better place!". They are excited to help the co-op grow and can not wait for a local food co-op store front!!

Learn More & Place Your Order

Contact Name: Aaron Staehnke
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Business Phone Number: (612) 508-4062
Business Address: 18465 182nd St. NW, Big Lake, MN 55309 US


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Business Name: Moe Therapeutic Massage
Type of Business: Massage & Wellness Provider
Services: Therapeutic massage (customized to each individual's needs ranging from relaxation to deep massage), Superior Hot Stone Massage, Reflexology, Reiki and Raindrop Technique

Elk River Area Food Co-op Member Benefit: $10 OFF first massage (1-1.5 hours) session. All following sessions RECEIVE 10% OFF.

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How can we make an appointment or learn more?

In Person934 Highway 10, Elk River

Contact Name: LuAnne Moe

Contact Info: 
(763) 441-0041

Facebook: Moe Therapeutic Massage
Website: Moe Therapeutic Massage


About Moe Therapeutic Massage:


Moe Therapeutic Massage opened in Elk River in 1998 and has been operating ever since. Every massage is customized to the individuals needs, ranging from light, relaxing to a deep tissue session. LuAnn 'Moe' is the owner and masseuse providing a personal experience for everyone who walks in the door. 

Motivated by the physical pain she witnessed in both her parents, she was drawn to massage school. After years of watching her parents suffer from health problems that could not be identified or diagnosed, she felt inspired to help others relieve their physical pain and/or reduce their stress.


A little about LuAnn Moe: 

Moe has been married to her best friend for over 40 years. They have 2 adult children and 1 Grandson. Both have always been very family oriented and have stayed close with extended family (aunts/uncles, cousins), hosting a multi-day family reunion at their home every 5 years that tends to draw 100+ people.

In the past they used to camp, but now have a small cabin in the woods about 2.5 hours from their house. Moe loves to garden (mostly flowers now since Elk River has such a convenient Farmers Market). They raise their own chickens for meat, and a few extras so their friends and family can enjoy too! They have Bantam chickens which free range their yard (and occasionally their neighbors). When they are not on strike or hiding their eggs out of the coop/pen, they will get the small Bantam-size eggs and enjoy for breakfast.



Why do you think the co-op is important for the community?
"I believe it's important to have access to healthy food that is not loaded with chemicals. I prefer local fresh produce when I can. But living a healthy lifestyle should include more than the food we eat. I believe it means caring for ourselves with healthy choices in non-food products also (such as regular massage to help keep our bodies functioning the best they can)."


In Person934 Highway 10, Elk River
Contact Name: LuAnne Moe
Contact Info: 
(763) 441-0041

Facebook: Moe Therapeutic Massage
Website: Moe Therapeutic Massage

Partner of the Week: PEARSON FAMILY FARM

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Elk River Area Food Co-op Partner of the Week Pearson Family Farm

Business Name: Pearson Family Farm
Type of Business: Local Family Farm (4 generations deep)
Products: Chickens, popcorn, strawbales, non-gmo corn and soybean feed and so much more!


How can we order??

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About the family:
The Pearson family has been farming in this location for almost 75 years. Most of those years there has been a wagon load of straw bales by the highway for self service availability. Many people have come to know the Pearson Family Farm as a landmark! As years, generations and the community have evolved the Pearson's have tried to change along with the times. They are currently 3 generations working together on the farm on a regular basis with the 4th generation around to help when things get busy!

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What they provide:

For the last several years now, the Pearson's have been growing many varieties of orange and specialty pumpkins, other fall decor crops such as broom corn and sorghum and their very delicious homegrown popcorn.

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They have a new and unique corn maze each year, hand cut in the field behind the farm.

During the months of September and October they are open for customers to browse through the "Barn Boutique". A quaint space filled with all of the things they have grown during the year as well as a wonderful variety of vintage decor and antiques.

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Why they do it:

It is the Pearson's passion to offer a wonderful fall family experience where every family can afford to participate!

They have an excellent quality corn maze, hay rides & beautiful pumpkins. There are real tractors and farm equipment to be explored (by well supervised children and the adults they bring with them).


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Why they've partnered with the Elk River Area Food Co-op:

Community needs the community! The Pearson's feel it is important for the health of individuals and the community itself to be continually involved with those closest to them. They seek to support their neighborhood businesses by shopping locally whenever possible and through crafting their business to best meet the needs of the community.

Learn More & Place Your Order

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Business Address: Pearson Family Farm - 8846 Highway 10 NW, Ramsey

Partner of the Week: HOME SWEET HONEY


Business Name: Home Sweet Honey
Type of Business: Local Family Farm
Location: 23114 Variolite St. NW, Elk River
Products: Local raw honey, spun honey (flavored), pasture-raised meats, baked goods & preserves, lightening in a bottle sauce

Elk River Area Food Co-op Member Benefit: 5% off raw, local honey orders AND delicious varieties of SPUN HONEY.

How can we order??

  • Farmers Market: Nowthen Farmers Market [Thursdays June 21-September 20, 3-7 p.m.]
  • FREE Local Delivery: to the greater Elk River Area
  • Farm Pick-up: Contact Jade and place your order for pick up at the farm (23114 Variolite St. NW, Elk River)
  • Connect: through phone calls, text or e-mail


About the farm:
In 2011, Home Sweet Honey LLC. began beekeeping and has never looked back since. In 2013 they moved to their 15-acre farm located on the western edge of the city of St. Francis (Elk River Address), settled on the edge of wooded glacial end-moraine hills. Home Sweet Honey's apiary is located on their very own Honey Hill; from there, the honey bees forage up to 2 miles from home!

Beyond honeybees, their farm seasonally includes pigs, lambs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, and the beginnings of an apple orchard and large garden. Home Sweet Honey enjoys farming and loves the lifestyle. 

Home Sweet Honey Philosophy:

Home Sweet Honey believes in natural agricultural practices. They do not spray their gardens or orchards with pesticides, and do not provide any hormones to their bees. Using only organic treatments on a colony-by-colony basis, according to need, they leave their honey in it's natural and raw state.


Their animals are fed a natural diet, free from growth hormones and non-essential antibiotics.  Home Sweet Honey believes in giving their animals space--space to roam and space to engage in their natural behaviors.  Because their animals have a good diet, fresh air, and socialization, they are VERY healthy. Home Sweet Honey believes in treating animals ethically--happy animals produce healthy foods. An open door policy,  at any time customers are welcome to come out and see what we have going on. Their food speaks for itself!


Partnering with the Elk River Area Food Co-op:
Home Sweet Honey became a partner with the Elk River Area Food Co-op in 2017 and is happy to provide 5% off raw, local honey to the Elk River Area and surrounding communities. Try out their delicious SPUN honey, a wide variety of flavored honey tastes. 

Learn More & Place Your Order

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Business Address: 23114 Variolite St. NW, Elk River

Partner of the Week: IRON SHOE FARM

Elk River Area Food Co-op Partner of the Week - Iron Shoe

Business Name: Iron Shoe Farm
Type of Business: Local Family Farm
Products: Microgreens, hydroponic vegetables, pasture raised beef/chicken/pork, fresh farm eggs, free ranged Muscovy duck

Elk River Area Food Co-op Member Benefit: 5-10% off all microgreens, hydroponic vegetables, pasture raised beef, chicken and pork.

How can we order??

  • Farmers Market: To receive your discount show your membership card to Carla at the Elk River Farmers Market, Big Lake Farmers Market or Princeton Farmers Market
  • Farm Pick-up: Contact Carla and place your order for pick up by appointment at the farm (located in Princeton)
  • Connect: through Facebook, Email or Phone for questions or to place your order.


About the farm:
Iron Shoe was established in 2013 with 3 head of cattle, 150 chickens and 2 hogs. In just a few short years they have seen immense growth at the local and regional level. Since their humble beginnings, they have grown to supply 6 local restaurants (Featuring: Tipsy Chicken, Rockwoods Bar & Grill and Main Street Farmer), 4 food co-op's (Good Earth Food Co-op, Harvest Moon, City Center Market and our very own Elk River Area Food Co-op) and 3 farmers markets (Elk River, Big Lake, Princeton) while also servicing 700 families in the Elk River Area.


Iron Shoe now supplies up to 15 head of cattle per year, 2,500 chickens, 6,000 eggs and 20 hogs to the local area! In 2017 they expanded by adding a microgreen operation (If you haven't tried the tiny, nutrient packed plants, you've got to start). Since then they have increased business from 3 trays a week to nearly 30 trays of microgreens for co-ops, farmers markets and restaurants. 


About the family:
Iron Shoe is a small family farm comprised of Dave, Carla and their teenage daughter. Both Dave and Carla work full time off the farm. Dave is an engineer at Sportech by day and Carla an interior designer. Farming is their hobby and passion, with a mission to bring healthy raised whole, natural and sustainably products to the Elk River Area. They believe it is important to know where our food is sourced and are happy to provide the best quality and service to their customers. 

In the small bit of spare time they have, the Mertzes enjoy taking time away to go to the family cabin, fish & hunt and travel to watch their daughter competitively figure skate. Carla is very involved in the community and gleans her energy through connecting with others and providing healthy products to her neighbors and friends.


Partnering with the Elk River Area Food Co-op:
Iron Shoe believes in the co-op's mission and are deeply affected by our efforts, partnering and providing our members with discounts since 2016. Working with the Elk River Area Food Co-op helps their small farm stay sustainable and raises awareness of the impact of "keeping it local". By partnering with the Elk River Area Food Co-op, they are able to support the communities within a 30 mile radius of their farm. When shopping with local farmers, like Iron Shoe, you are supporting real families who put their heart, sweat and tears into bringing the most cared for products to your dinner table. Waking up before the sun and feeding animals after a full day of work is not an easy task. This community wouldn't be the same without these hardworking farmers who give their all!

Learn More & Place Your Order

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Business Address: Iron Shoe Farm - 31548 136th St. NW, Princeton, MN 55371