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Tim and Shelly Elkington, of Montevideo, had lots of help from friends as they erected a 12-foot by 44-foot, passive solar greenhouse to produce cool-weather greens through the winter as part of a community-supported agriculture venture. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)

Elk’s Bluff Winter Greenhouse feeds a growing appetite for local foods


MONTEVIDEO — No airline ticket to a southern destination required for Tim Elkington.

He makes his escape from winter every day with a short stroll through a big, red barn, which leads him right into the passive solar greenhouse he attached to it last summer.

He and his wife Shelly call it Elk’s Bluff Winter Greenhouse.

It’s filled with thriving, cool-weather greens of all types, from aromatic arugula, cabbage and Swish chard to butter crunch lettuce.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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