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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Organic Farmers

I'm sorry to admit that I have not once gone to a local farmers market! Not ONCE. Shame on me! Starting my own business while working full time and going to school full time, didn't allow for much time! The first job I got out of college required me to travel all the time. I'm so done with this madness! I want my free time back!!! Anyways, I really have been wanting to go to one but didn't know any farmer's markets around here that had organic produce. I'm not buying produce unless it's organic-local or not. I just don't want the chemicals! I can take a little less nutrients from it being shipped since I do eat some superfoods-but chemicals, no thanks! Wow, I'm rambling. Anyways, someone emailed me about organic farmers in Michigan! I will be updating the links section this weekend so check back (have some co-ops and some potlucks to add) but wanted to add the farmer's information right away(be sure to check out the website at the end also, has a website for organic farmers in Michigan).
Certified Organic Blueberries
Pleasant Hill Farm
John VanVoorhees & Joan Donaldson
5859 124th Avenue
Fennville, MI 49408
Telephone: (269) 561-2850
E-Mail Address: sparrow@i2k.com
Fresh blueberries U-Pick in Season the month of August and then sell frozen blueberries in 5 lb. and 30 lb. boxes all year round. U-Pick 2008 prices are $2.50 per pound.
Certification: Oregon Tilth Certified Organic; Farm Size: 100; Sales: On-Farm, Co-op, Wholesale, Buying Club, Retail Store, U-Pick, Restaurant
Sustainable Grown Blueberries; Not Certified Organic
Coyners Blueberries
Jerry and Barbara Lawrence
7101 Gillette Rd
Flushing MI

Telephone: 810-659-6677
Fresh blueberries U-Pick during season of August
Farm Size: 10; Sales: U-Pick
Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-8pm during season
Farm is 70 years old and growing organically for 5 years
Certified Organic Pears, Raspberries, Peaches, Strawberries
Kismet Organics
6828 118th Ave.
Fennville, MI 49408
Telephone: 616-510-9113 or 269-857-9998
E-Mail Address: kismetorganics@yahoo.com
Located at the corner of Blue Star Highway & 118th Ave.
2008 fresh pears beginning in August thru September with different varieties ripening throughout the month. Some Summer & Fall raspberries available this season.
In 2008 Season will also have strawberries, raspberries and peaches.
Certified Organic Cherries
Northstar Organics
1139 Forrester Road
Frankfort, MI 49635
Telephone: 231-352-4865
Fresh and organic: black and gold sweet cherries, Montmorency red tart cherries. Frozen and pitted Montmorency cherries in 28-lb. tubs. Dried organic tart cherries. Black and gold cherries available from approximately July 1-July 30. Montmorency red tart cherries available from approximately July 15-Aug. 5. Frozen Montmorency red tart cherries and organic dried cherries available all year. Certified Organic, Synthetic Chemical-free, Integrated Pest Mgmt. Farmers Markets, Web Sales, Phone Orders, Mail Orders, Retail Stores, U-Pick, Farm Stand. Elberta Farmers Market. Farm stand and u-pick open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily during July. Please call to ensure that product is ripe and available. Three miles west of US-31 via Grace Rd. or River Rd. Follow to Forrester Rd.
Certified Organic Strawberries, Blueberries, Asparagus, Salad Greens, and Other Vegetables/Herbs
Ware Farm
Bernie and Sandee Ware
9094 Alkire Road
Bear Lake, MI 49614
Telephone: 231-864-3242
E-Mail Address: warefarm@coslink.net
All of our produce is certified organic: strawberries, and blueberries. Asparagus, salad greens, other vegetables, and herbs in season. Pickeled asparagus and hand-made pies. Farmers Markets, Retail Stores, Restaurants, U-Pick, Farm Stand, CSA farm. Elberta Farmers Market, Manistee Farmers Market, Traverse City Farmers Market. Bay Bucks, Project FRESH coupons, Senior Project FRESH coupons
Certified Organic and Certified Biodynamic Apples, Apricots, Peaches, Sweet Cherries, Blueberries, & Raspberries
Walton Orchards
Bruce Walton
2671 M-115 Highway
Frankfort, MI 49635
Telephone: 231-654-7679 or 231-645-7679
Also, check the Local Harvest website: http://www.localharvest.org/ for other local organic farmers/growers. In addition, Northwest Michigan has a website for the growers in this area. Here is their website: http://localdifference.org/farmsearch.asp.

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