Fresh from the farm

Doug Stensland, left, and his son Kyle are part of a multigeneration dairy farm near Larchwood. The family milks 170 cows per day and has an on-farm creamery, where they process milk, ice cream and cheese. They also operate two retail ice cream shops in Sioux Falls in addition to a store on their northwest Iowa farm. PHOTO / GARY FANDEL

Stensland Family Farms near Larchwood, in north­­west Iowa along the Big Sioux River, has survived for a century by meeting challenges head-on and adapting to change. 

Last year, they dealt with floods. This year, it is the COVID-19 virus. 

The operation includes milking 170 cows per day, farming 1,500 certified organic acres to feed the herd and producing enough milk, cheese and ice cream to supply a multitude of retail stores and eateries in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota, as well as their own establishments. 

Due to COVID-19 and to keep customers safe, they offer curbside pick-up at their two Sioux Falls, South Dakota, establishments. Customers can pre-order and pre-pay online or by phone and have their purchases delivered or loaded into their car.

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