Retail Construction Services, Inc. is dedicated to giving back.

We give back not only to those in need within our community, but also the future generations of this wonderful community. What started out as a great idea has grown exponentially and has become an amazing reality. Here at the RCS Giving Garden, school groups, master gardeners, corporate volunteers, and our own employees work together for the common good of teaching children the art of gardening and the importance of healthy eating. Click Here for Full Story.

Retail Construction Services, Inc.
11343 39th Street N.
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

From HWY 36 - go south on Lake Elmo Ave, turn left onto 39th Street, garden is at corner of 39th and Laverne.
From HWY 5- going west from Stillwater take right onto Laverne (near Fury dealership) garden is on the right at corner of Laverne and 39th street.

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Mud-luscious and Puddle-wonderful

Photo taken before harvesting in the mud and dirt!
Front Row L to R:  Cecil, Michael, Jordyn and Megan
Back Row L to R:  Kristin, Mckenzie, Matt, Logan and Jonathan
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"The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful."
~E.E. Cummings

The rain storms rumbled through the area this morning, leaving behind a nourished, but a muddy garden! It did not stop the SPIN students from being real troupers and coming to the garden and play in the dirt. Not all areas of the garden were muddy, but the raspberry and onion area was pretty messy!  Tammy - your poor feet!!!

They spent the morning harvesting some of our newest crops; broccoli, beans, pea pods and chocolate peppers. They also harvested a few zucchini, raspberries and lettuce.

There were questions about what exactly a “chocolate pepper” was. Well, they don’t taste like chocolate! It is a pepper that is sweeter than most other bell peppers. Chocolate Beauty has high-quality, green fruits that are in a lobe bell shape. As they mature, they turn from green to a unique, rich mahogany-chocolate color… come to think about it, the color of that mud today!!! So while these won’t make it between graham crackers with a roasted marshmallow, they would be delicious to add to many other meals.

The next task was finding sticks to harvest a crop of caked mud out of the bottom of some very new tennis shoes!

Thank you SPIN Students for coming out and getting dirty in order to make sure this fresh food made it to the food shelf before the weekend. Your efforts today will enjoyed in many homes this weekend!