Mark and Ginny Larva own and operate Mark Larva’s Shop and Garden. Mark and Ginny married and began visiting the market in the early 1980’s. Both native Minnesotans, they were inspired and taken in by the market, and have since found a passion for organic gardening. They started selling potatoes at the market in 1999. Other vendors and customers helped the Larva’s in the learning process, as well as a few friends and older farmers from their community.
The Larva’s grow all kinds of crops at their farm just outside Floodwood, Minnesota. The Larva’s, although not certified, base their gardening on organic practices. Just a short drive up Highway 2, they produce these vegetables: peas, lettuce, sauerkraut, broccoli, potatoes, carrots, beets, radishes, corn, cucumbers, squash, and cabbage. They also offer fresh picked raspberries when available. Ginny cans multiple types of jams and jellies, and bakes homemade baked goods like cranberry wild rice bread, apple pie, and more. Birch syrup is another Larva specialty, which is not unlike maple syrup and has a unique taste!The Larva’s will be at the market for the Earth Day event April 21, 2018, as well as every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the season. They see going to the market and meeting and greeting people old and new as one of the best parts of being a farmer. “I wouldn’t have it any other way,” says Mark.