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About Me & Farmtojar

Farmtojar Food and Drink Blog (and Dorothy Stainbrook)

I originally started this blog to share and document my farming, my cooking and my canning experiences with fresh produce from our farm (HeathGlen).  Over time the blog (and me) have evolved, but it is my hope to help make your life healthier and happier by continuing to share what I have learned around food, drink and health.

The Farm: HeathGlen Organic Farm

I have a small organic farm (23 acres) where I grow a range of berries and produce,  with a focus on blueberries, chile peppers and heirloom tomatoes.  We have a commercial kitchen located on the farm, allowing us to turn our berries and produce into preserves and beverage syrups shortly after the produce is harvested (often same day).

Hiking with my son in CO

Hiking with my son in CO

Over the past 15 years I’ve been selling our farm’s produce and preserves primarily at the larger farmers’ markets located in the twin cities (St. Paul Farmers’ market being my home base).  Based on customer feedback and sales at these markets, we have gradually developed seasonal niches as follows:

  • In the spring we start and then sell heirloom tomato and pepper seedlings;
  • In the summer we sell fresh organic blueberries, overlapping with fresh heirloom tomatoes in late summer;
  • In the Fall and throughout the year, we sell preserves and fruit beverage syrups made with fruit and produce as it becomes ripe and available.
  • In the winter we do a number of indoor markets and events showcasing our unique line of preserves and spice blends.  We have a robust business selling these products online also throughout the year.

One of my favorite activities in the world is spending time at research and planning.  My education and first professional career was in Environmental Planning (I was a bartender throughout under-grad and graduate school, which could also be considered a profession!). 

This blog is an attempt to share some of the knowledge accumulated from ongoing research into food and health.  More importantly however, I share the delights of small-scale farming and cooking with whole food.

Beyond the Farm: Health & Diet Specific

In 2014 I began sharing my experience with food in a slightly different way.  I became an online diet coach with an international organization called  

In the past 4 years I have had the great pleasure of coaching over 400 people to health and fat loss through customizing their diets (or “ways of eating”) into a permanent, sustainable lifestyle change. online coaching offers so much more than diet coaching however.  We are certified coaches knowledgeable in habit change, nutrition, sleep, exercise and overall health.  Check out my profile and the testimonials here.  

If you don’t think I would be a fit for you, explore the site’s other coaches.  There is a wide range of topics and coaching styles, and coaching can make a dramatic difference in your life.

Thank you for reading and sharing!



  1. Frank on September 17, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    where do you post your suggestions on Hardening Off tomato plant seedlings prior to planting in the garden?

    • dorothy stainbrook on September 18, 2017 at 6:03 am

      Hi Frank, All of the how-to info on tomatoes is posted on my sister blog over at Just use the search bar at that site to find tomato-specific information. Thanks for asking!

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