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The Student News Site of Black River Falls High School

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Find Farm Fresh Products Right Around the Corner!


If you live in Black River Falls and you’re in the mood for fresh, locally made products, then you’re in luck!

First Fruits Common Market is a store unique to the city of Black River Falls.

“We offer a little bit of everything,” said Jessica Schmidt, an employee of First Fruits.

First Fruits offers a variety of candies, maple syrup, lip balm, coffee, shampoos and soaps, kombucha, sandwiches and much more.

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First Fruits also sells many products that are made fresh in store, including popcorn, peanut butter, wraps and fudge.

“Every day, probably a good half the day is spent making products in the store, between the wraps and the popcorn,” said Schmidt.

“It feels like a small town specialty grocery store,” said Lauren Song, community member of Black River Falls.

Song said that she enjoys the fresh produce that First Fruits has to offer, because it’s all local, something you can’t get anywhere else in Black River Falls.

“I like that it’s a local store trying to support local farmers and businesses,” said Song.

Song says that she likes the fact that First Fruits is trying to provide healthy food to people, along with giving local farmers and artisans some extra exposure in the small community.

Organic produce, such as the fruits and vegetables offered at First Fruits, is only made using natural fertilizers opposed to chemical fertilizers, which can be harmful to the environment.

Although they’re inexpensive, chemical fertilizers stay on the plants and seep into the soil and groundwater, eventually getting into the lakes, rivers and oceans.

“I love the local products and healthier selection of food and goods,” said Darci Daniels, community member of Black River Falls and owner of Garden Valley Farmstead.

Garden Valley Farmstead is a family owned and operated business located in Hixton, Wisconsin, and has been operating for six years.

Daniels proudly sells her farm’s products at First Fruits.

“First Fruits sells our mild cheddar cheese, our butter and flavored butter, which is made exclusively from the milk from our cows just 12 minutes outside of Black River Falls,” said Daniels.  

“They also sell our ground beef, dried beef and summer sausage, which is all made from beef born and raised on our farm and processed locally at Falls Meat Service,” said Daniels.

Daniels said that the benefit of having First Fruits in our small town is the opportunity it gives farmers.

“It gives local producers like me another way to sell our products. It provides jobs and it provides community spirit,” said Daniels.

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