The Story of Carter’s Red Wagon Farm
Carter’s Red Wagon Farm in Park Rapids, Minnesota, has been a family farm since the beginning, when Russell and Maxine Carter moved to the area southwest of town as newlyweds to supplement their income as rural missionaries. Russ had grown up working at Prayrie Orchards, his father Clinton’s farm, in White Pigeon, MI. Over the years, their small farm and farm house grew along with their family.
As locals and tourists started making Carter’s a regular stop, we went from selling produce in a red wooden wagon, to small road side stands and pick up trucks, and eventually, in 1995, what is now Carters’ Market. Over the years, the Carter siblings started their own life journeys, and today, Tony, the youngest of Russ and Maxine’s seven children, his wife Linda, and their children Luke and Susanna, farm the approximately 50 acres of crops, and tend to about 30 beef cows and a small flock of chickens. They also design and put together the corn maze and fall fun festival and CSA, along with the help of occasional siblings, nieces, and nephews pitching in. Mark, with his wife Beth, owns and operates Carters’ Market in Park Rapids.
Today, the farm sells hormone-free, grass fed beef and a large selection of seasonal farm-fresh vegetables, along with plump, delicious home grown strawberries. In the fall, we have a pumpkin patch and corn maze,and manage a family friendly Pumpkin Party that draws guests from Minnesota and surrounding states.