The Mertz family’s Iron Shoe Farm was established in April 2013. The farm is a diversified operation providing Hereford beef, along with heritage breed pork and pasture-raised chickens to consumers and restaurants locally and throughout the Twin Cities. The family operates an on-farm store and market and works with other producers to support their local food system.
Iron Shoe Farm is a sustainable farm and is home to pasture-raised Hereford cattle, pasture-raised Mangalista and Red Wattle pigs, pasture-raised chickens and laying hens. The Mertzes grow microgreens, edible flowers, vegetables and herbs.
Carla Mertz is the farm’s owner/operator and her husband, David, handles many of the farm’s daily operations. Carla and David’s daughter, Morgan, also handles many of the day-to-day chores and handles deliveries. Morgan is off to Adrian College in Michigan this fall to study chemistry.
The Mertzes continue to support local foods and the work of the Minnesota Farmers Union. The family collaborates with local chefs and hosts an annual dinner on the farm to promote agritourism. Carla has made many presentations on local food production for the Sustainable Farming Association, MFU, the University of Minnesota and the 100 Rural Women’s Group. She also serves on the Sherburne County Extension Committee.