Hughs Gardens

Hugh’s Gardens is a certified organic produce marketing business with storage, washing, and packing facility located in Halstad, MN.

Originally built in the 1940s for storage and shipping of conventional potatoes, the storage facility includes nine underground bins with excellent ventilation and humidity control, designed to keep potatoes in near-perfect condition throughout the winter and late into spring without the use of chemical sprout inhibitors.

The facilities were purchased by Hugh Dufner and his wife Carmen Soria-Dufner in the summer of 2000, where they converted the facilities to become certified organic. Hugh began growing and marketing a variety of produce organically in the late 1980s, and upon the purchase of these facilities, decided to focus on the storage and marketing aspect.
USDA NOP Certified
USDA GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) Certified
Locally owned and operated

Our Mission

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Number of Producers
Calories in a medium plain potato

Working with multiple producers

Hugh’s Gardens currently works with five area organic producers around the Red River Valley to market their produce directly to area restaurants and supermarkets in the Fargo/Moorhead area and to distributors in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Produce which does not comply with the quality standards of the business are donated to the Great Plains Food Bank of Fargo, which then distributes to food shelves across the region.

Our Team

Meet some of our staff and our producers
Bjorn Solberg
Bjorn Solberg

Halstad, MN

Owner of Hugh’s Gardens, LLC. Bjorn grows a variety of produce at the Hugh’s Gardens organic garden plot; certified organic by ICS. For more information on the garden, look in the “Garden” tab.

    Don Vig
    Don Vig

    Valley City

    Owner of Don Vig Farm. Don provides main crop red, yellow and purple potatoes, certified organic by ICS (International Certification Services).

      Larry Heitkamp
      Larry Heitkamp

      Sebeka, MN

      Owner of Yellow Rose Organics. Larry provides early yellow potatoes, pink flesh specialty potatoes, and main crop Russet potatoes; certified organic by ICS.

        Wes Benjamin
        Wes Benjamin

        Park Rapids, MN

        Owner of Benjamin Organics. Wes provides early red potatoes, yellow potatoes, and main crop russet potatoes, certified organic by MCIA (Minnesota Crop Improvement Association).

          Joel Haugen
          Joel Haugen

          Fergus Falls, MN

          Owner of Haugen Farms. Joel provides late red potatoes; certified organic by MCIA.

            Neal Kauffman Jr
            Neal Kauffman Jr

            Fertile, MN

            Owner of Green Gardens Produce Farm. Neal provides red and yellow beets, rutabaga, and several varieties of squash; certified organic by MCIA.