Meet the Farmers
With big ambitions to start a small-scale, bio-sustainable farm, we planted our first seeds in 2014 on land that Greta's family has been farming since the 1800's. Looking back, it's good we had that ambition, as we were lacking one minor detail: practical experience. Neither of us had any background growing anything at the scale we planned to do and to say there's a steep learning curve to farming might be a bit of an understatement. Needless to say, we've had our share of challenges, but we've learned (and at times battled) our way through it. What started as one small table at the Cheboygan farmers' market in 2014, has turned into a few tables at the market and an 80+ member farm share program.
For us, farming is more than just growing produce, its about squashing the rumor that you can't make a living farming in a small town and the stigma of the struggling farmer. It's about dreaming big and overcoming obstacles, no matter how devastating they seem at the time. It's about keeping the Cheboygan farming culture alive and all of the great friendships we've made in the process. We're passionate about what we do and we hope it shows in the quality of everything we produce!
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-Brendan & Greta
We grow over 40 varieties of produce and fresh-cut herbs; from the popular to the unique. We do so without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicide or fertilizers.
We utilize only natural, OMRI-listed (approved for organic production) fertilizers and compost in the production of our crops. When pests cannot be controlled through the cultural means we employ as part of our growing program, we utilize OMRI-listed pesticides at the lightest effective dosage to correct the problem.
We believe the key to growing great crops is to maintain great soil that is full of life. To do so, we keep our spraying to a minimum, refrain from using destructive chemical fertilizers and pesticides and rely heavily on compost and cover crops to build fertility and prevent erosion throughout the growing season.
Where to find our produce:
June Through October
Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8am to 1pm, Festival Square, downtown Cheboygan
In just a couple short years, Greta has become known throughout Cheboygan for her hard-to-pronounce, gorgeous and long-lasting cut flowers. What began as a hobby with a few dahlia plants, quickly turned into dozens of varieties of flowers and thousands of individual blooms. Our use of hoophouses allows us to grow some more unique varieties that wouldn't otherwise grow in our area.
You can find our beautiful blooms at our farmers' market booth starting in late June through October. Want 9 weeks of flowers with your veggies? Be sure to add them to your farm share! Otherwise, Greta will accommodate made-to-order bouquets during our peak season, which can be purchased right in our store!
We're proud to produce high-quality, pastured eggs from non-GMO fed hens.
We work hard to keep our flock of 100+ layer hens producing the best quality eggs the area has to offer. Fed non-GMO, Northern Michigan-grown grain, our hens are allowed to spend their days ranging their pasture in search of all the greens and bugs they can consume, taking dust baths and just acting like chickens. This low-stress life keeps them producing lots of high quality, nutritious eggs. Their pasture is improved with a mix of clover and fescue, both highly desired by them, to increase their consumption of greens and improve the egg quality. The hens are closed up in the coop at dusk to keep predators away and let out bright and early in the morning to start another fun day of being a chicken!
We rotationally graze the hens through our recently planted cider apple orchard, the hens keep the bugs and weeds down, while their manure fertilizes the trees. Rotating the hens ensures that no area is too heavily impacted from their presence. The trees will eventually provide shade and protection from predators to the hens, while allowing us to generate more income from the pasture; a win-win for everybody.