About The Greensted

Dean and Jayne show their fresh microgreens!

Why we do what we do

Since we like to eat fresh, locally grown produce, we work to provide the kind of food we’d like to purchase. As an urban farm-to-table grower, our business encompasses the best in fresh, garden-sweet produce, grown clean and promoting the best in regenerative agricultural practices.

Since we like to eat fresh, locally grown produce, we work to provide the kind of food we’d like to purchase. As an urban farm-to-table grower, our business encompasses the best in fresh, garden-sweet produce, grown clean and promoting the best in regenerative agricultural practices.

Our Story

The Greensted is an urban farm-to-table grower located in Zumbrota, Minnesota. We are small, but have big dreams! We are two people tired of  working day jobs, want to exit the corporate world, and get back to what’s real, what has meaning, what feeds our family, our soul, and more so, our communities. 

My Sweet Greens MN —> The GREENSTED ~regenerative project 

The Greensted in 2022.  Having settled into our new spaces we are excited to bring everything we can to our community and surrounding region. The Farm Store , opened 7/9/21, is a curated grocery store, offering all regionally(260 mile radius+/-) sourced and produced food and home goods. During the Fall, Winter and Spring we host Community Education classes on a variety of topics from  making Charcutier Boards to Permaculture in your back yard.  In February we host our mid-winter Stedfest – all about Community Supported Agriculture. Purchase your seasonal vegetable, berry, coffee, meat or flower CSA shares for the upcoming season. Our CSA share members pick up every Thursday evening, and we often have fun samples or makers on hand. October brings our Fall Stedfest – a well-attended, fall family event offering garden and microgreen tours, kids’ activities, farm store shopping and lots of food samples from our store makers and suppliers. It’s the event of the season! 

We welcome YOU, your family, neighbors, friends and out-of-towners to visit the farm. As we say, there is something for everyone.  

2021 The Greensted regenerative project – the BEST is yet to come! (update 02.24.21) Just like everyone else, we slammed the door shut on 2020. We survived. IAs a local food producer, we THRIVED. But nothing was easy. We believe the silver lining is that people re-thought their purchasing habits. We trust you found new and better sources for local food and products.   Local small businesses found innovative ways to keep going, to keep producing, to keep food and products available to customers. And customers gave lots of love to their local favorites.  Curb-side pick ups, no-contact pick ups, ding-dong-dash deliveries, outdoor dining,  it all happened.  E-comm platforms exploded with opportunities for every type of small business. Grants and loans were made available and multiple organizations reached out to business owners, farmers, producers with these opportunities. It was a year of amazing growth and networking even if we all were home on the couch. We did it.  Late summer, The Greensted had an incredible opportunity to rent a large facility space, being built to suit to accommodate exactly what we needed for growing and packaging microgreens. In addition we are adding large scale market garden produce, CSA program, opening a regionally sourced farm store.  See you at The GREENSTED regenerative project this season.  

2020 My Sweet Greens MN becomes The GREENSTED, LLC.   Big changes this year!  Due to a cease and desist order, we pivoted yet again into a new name and branding. The GREENSTED will continue to provide and distribute our My Sweet Microgreens products. Our company vision of Sustain, Regenerate and Connect is at the front and center of all we do. More products, more places to come throughout 2020. Please check out our video for the announcement. Watch our social media posts for the latest and greatest happenings here at The GREENSTED. 

2019  started fast and crazy. (Update 04.26.19) In Dec. of 2018 we began stocking microgreens at the Barlow Plaza Hy-Vee in Rochester. In January we added the three remaining stores in Rochester, and a couple weeks later, Faribault and Owatonna. We participated in two indoor winter markets – Faribault Winter Farmers Market at the Paradise Theatre, Faribault, and the Rochester Farmers Market, Graham Park.   Stay updated with our daily/weekly activities by  following us on Facebook and Instagram

2018 was a pivotal year of getting our products into several community farmers markets,  pursuing more retail and restaurant sales opportunities and increasing our knowledge base and experience. We expanded our product line with additional microgreen varieties and some salad greens. It was a very busy summer, and we wouldn’t change it for anything.

2017 was a year of setting up infrastructure, developing processes and putting business foundation pieces in place. We both maintained full time jobs, making for busy nights and weekends tending to our business goals. As we grew microgreens, experimenting with flats, seeding protocols, lighting, temperatures, Jayne began bringing in harvest samples to a local Executive Chef. He critiqued each sampling, sending us back to the idea board. 

One day he asked, “You have microgreens to sell? I want to stop buying from the commercial vendor.”  Our first customer!

We participated in two exhibitor shows in 2017 – Radish Magazine Healthy Living Fair in August, and Feast! Sponsored by Renewing the Countryside in December. These were great experiences – learning how to set up our booth, share samples with attendees, produce educational materials, recipes, and start to introduce microgreen goodness to our local market. We hob-nobbed with other growers and small businesses – invaluable connections.

Dean set up a small greenhouse, with free and scavenged materials (upcycling!) and proceeded to move it to and fro in the yard, to allow for best sunlight, or best cooling depending on the progression of seasons. In the fall, Dean stripped sod off a spot in the yard, worked up the soil. Over that newly prepared bed, we added second and third season extension greenhouses planting spinach, kale, Cressida, Pok Choi, Mizuna, Arugula and a few various microgreens and herbs

The Greensted was born in 2016. We bought a URL for www.mysweetgreensmn.com  from Go Daddy, seeds from Johnny’s Seeds, flats and soil from Walmart and started growing trials. Combining Dean’s passion for farming and Jayne’s keen interest in marketing and promotions, a business sprouted. What started as a curiosity and possible side-hustle, has become a multi-enterprise farm business that leaves us both exhausted and excited – the best is yet to come..

Meet the Team

Dean Bredlau, Farmer 

All things soil, compost, plants, animals – Raised (and loved!) working on his family’s dairy farm. He holds a bachelor of science in microbiology plus- 18 Years experience as a Quality Assurance Technician in a food packaging business. Dad to Hannah  and Rachel.

 

Jayne Bredlau, Farmer’s Wife

All things digital – Website tech, company branding, email, marketing, etc. Many things production – harvest line worker, QA Enforcer, packaging pro Mom to four grown children: BJ & Rachel Clare (granddaughter Shaelyn), Rachel Joy, Christopher & Taylor (grandson Braxton) and Heidi Step-mom to Hannah and Rachel B

Meet Team Greensted

Meet the rest of Team Greensted. (R-L) Andy (gardening and homesteading expert), Margaret (just try to keep up with her), Susan (“put me to work.”), Ben (summer high school student who has worked longer than any employee), Mike (work horse and resident flower transplant experience) and Deb (writer of microgreen best by dates and bringer of cookies).