Gasner Gardens driven by desire to create

The Gasner family includes Tony, Christin and children Gladden, Greta and Guthrie. Contributed photo

Whether it be through art, music, gardening, cooking, or, baking, Christin and Tony Gasner love to create.

In 2020 the Gasner family decided to join the Sparta Farmers Market as vendors. They already loved the idea of self-sufficiency and using their garden to shape their own small, beautiful world for their three children.

Coupled with their admiration for Sparta as a wonderful small town to raise a family in, they are so thankful to play a part to be involved in helping it thrive.

“We love that our kids can be part of something that betters the community we live in," Christin said.

At face value, you may think Gasner Gardens is salsa and sauces, and while that is true, the Gasner’s love to create in all the ways listed above.

The Gasner’s three children, Gladden, Greta and Guthrie are very involved in this family venture. The kids help with planting and harvesting vegetables, labeling products, and helping sell at the market. The kids even sing carols at Kriskindlemarkt.

On days Gasner Gardens is set up by Beaver Creek this summer, you may be able to catch a few songs from their family, quite a treat.

Gasner Garden salsas and sauces are always made fresh, the same season as the Market. While the ingredients are in season, the Gasner’s either grow them in their own garden or purchase them from the Farmer's Market.

The Gasner’s have found the need to utilize ingredients from other vendors because they’ve have trouble keeping up with supply and demand. What a good problem to have.

Gasner Garden cookies are always fresh, chewy and delicious. Make sure to stop by their booth each time they are at the market as they will be adding additional sweets this year.

For the past few years, the Gasner family has enjoyed painting and hunting Sparta rocks in the downtown area as well. They will have some of their favorite rocks they have painted for sale at the Market. The Gasner kids love scattering these throughout their garden.

The Gasner land is filled with an amazing prehistoric grass called Horsetail. It is considered a living fossil, and science says it has been around for 270 million years.

“This used to be a nuisance to us, but we have learned more about its history and learned to appreciate its beauty," Christin said. "This is a unique and decorative cut plant they offer at the Market and is always a crowd favorite."

Christin loves to harvest flower seeds from their garden to share with you at the market as well.

“Flowers are one of our surest reminders of God's love for us," she said

Along with gardening, the Gasner’s love to dabble in foraging and herbalism. They have been growing a few select, beneficial herb plants and dried Catnip for the Market as well.

“We love the beauty of the Meuller square," Christin said. "We love all of the amazing hanging flower baskets throughout the Market and downtown Sparta. We love what the Farmers Market and Meuller Square has done to beautify downtown Sparta and create a town square to bring our community together. Spending time with the other vendors each week has enriched our lives.”

The Gasner Family looks forward to seeing you all at the Market. If you’re on Facebook, give their page a follow.

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1302 River Rd.
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