This woman’s been an inspiration to many over the years and I’m sure she will be for years to come. When Lori’s not lifting heavy weights (or heavy crates full of fresh vegetables) she’s probably in some remote location taking part in a photo shoot of her “cut from stone” shoulders and arms 🙂

In all seriousness, Lori is one of the most dedicated individuals I’ve met IN MY LIFE when it comes to maintaining a strong, healthy and fit lifestyle. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing her and working with her for the past fifteen years and she just keeps getting better. It’s an amazing thing to be a part of.


Lori and Martin operate Hnatiuk Gardens in East St. Paul. It’s a family tradition, with Martin being the third generation in his family to be in market gardening, and their son Graham is now in the business with them.   Lori and Martin love growing fresh, spray free vegetables and six years ago began a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.

There’s a huge variety of vegetables, at least 40, ranging from lettuces, corn, potatoes, beets, squash, super tasty melons (yes, melons), Brussel sprouts…the list is almost endless.   And we love to introduce new items each year, mainly cause we’re curious to see if we can grow it!  Quality is the order of the day at Hnatiuk Gardens, with all produce being carefully graded before being offered in a CSA bag, or as stock for one of the seasonal stands we supply.   We also are a mainstay in the East St. Paul Farmer’s Market held every Sunday, June – September on Hoddinott Road in ESP.

In the last few years, our focus is more and more on sustainability, with a move to more crop rotation, permanent beds that translate into less weeding and tilling, drip irrigation, and row covers.   We’ve also made it a priority to use fabric bags and compostable containers for small delicate items.     Grade A quality is what we’re all about.   To learn more about Hnatiuk Gardens and to sign up for a CSA share, here are the links: http://www.hnatiukgardens.caor on Facebook:   Hnatiuk Gardens CSA