Claire Herting was no stranger to gardening when she and her husband Loras began growing produce for market in 1975. She had grown up on a farm in northern Quebec, Canada. It was in Quebec that the couple met; Claire a Canadian Air Force member, Loras a member of the US Air Force. Once married, they came to Loras’s hometown of Dubuque. They have raised their family here and have become an integral part of the Dubuque Farmers’ Market community. Claire and Loras have been selling organic produce at all of Dubuque’s markets, plus Maquoketa, DelMar, and the Tri-State Blind Society for more than 35 years. It is difficult to picture a Dubuque farmers’ market without them.
It’s already starting to look like spring in the Herting greenhouses. Their vegetable and flower plants will be ready by April along with herbs and even cactus. Primrose actually like it cool, so they’re already in bloom and bringing a much-needed touch of color to our lives. The Hertings still have good produce available, too, including squash and potatoes.
The addition of two greenhouses 12 years ago allowed the Hertings to add flowers and plants to their produce line. The full array of winter vegetables are kept fresh and crisp by means of root cellar storage, another addition within the last decade. The Hertings received a Traci C. LoBianco Farmers’ Market Vendor Grant last year to continue expanding their growing and storage spaces. These grants are just one way that the Winter Market supports our local farmers and helps them remain such a vital part of our community. Thank you for your long-standing dedication to farmers’ markets, Claire!