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Closed For Ordering {Happy Thanksgiving} Will Open For Ordering Thanksgiving Day 3pm

Milled Products From Ferris Organic Farm

Ferris Organic Farm has several stone mills from which they grind many different grains that they grow and that they buy from local farms as well as USA farms.
Westwind is still working on their new building so they can also continue to mill flour. They will me making their popular mixes for consumer convenience.

New Apples

 

Did you know that Sara Lee uses only Jonathon apples for their pies.
One (2 pound) bag of Jonathons will make one small 9" pie.
NEW THIS  WEEK ON THE APPLES.
Gold Rush, Enterprise and Galarini.

50% OFF BEAN SALE

All beans are 50% off to clear out last years stock.
Most farmers in the Thumb area have harvested their beans and they are being cleaned and dried.
Older beans just take a little longer to cook.
I find that a stainless pressure cooker 3 minutes on high and left for warm for an hour makes older beans tender.
Beans in most stores are easily up to two years old.  Farmers in Michigan harvest beans late summer and fall.  
 
Farming not always what we hope for.
The domesticated turkeys
that we love for thanksgiving is not always the easiest birds to raise.
GCC has been raising turkeys for a few years now, they were doing great until a couple of weeks ago we had a large temperature drop with in a short period of time.
They ended up loosing over 400 of their birds.
Not sure why, we experienced something similar with our chickens in the spring that were outside in their chicken tractors, a 20-30 degree temperature drop within a two hour period and we lost most of them, we learned later the same thing happened to CVK farms.
They will be able to supply most of the per-ordered fresh turkeys, but we had to take them off the site as ore-orders.
Last year Joyful Journey had turkeys available as well.  Christy from Joyful Journey farm found out how difficult farming was and realized they were losing money so she is taking a different direction.  She hopes to get a degree in Naturopathic medicine and to grow plants and herbs for natural remedies.
 

 

Farming and its challenges.

 
 
The domesticated turkeys that we love for thanksgiving is not always the easiest birds to raise.
GCC has been raising turkeys for a few years now, they were doing great until a couple of weeks ago we had a large temperature drop with in a short period of time.
They ended up loosing over 400 of their birds.
Not sure why, we experienced something similar with our chickens in the spring that were outside in their chicken tractors, a 20-30 degree temperature drop within a two hour period and we lost most of them, we learned later the same thing happened to CVK farms.
They will be able to supply most of the per-ordered fresh turkeys, but we had to take them off the site as ore-orders.
Last year Joyful Journey had turkeys available as well.  Christy from Joyful Journey farm found out how difficult farming was and realized they were losing money so she is taking a different direction.  She hopes to get a degree in Naturopathic medicine and to grow plants and herbs for natural remedies.
 

 

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OPEN for Ordering, Now Until 10pm Monday Night

Some of the Good

Things we are harvesting.

Brussels Sprouts

Law Family Farm are
harvesting Brussels Sprouts.

Northern Spy Apples


Almars has a limited supply of Northern Spy
Perfect for Making Apple Pie.

Chinese Cabbage

Chinese Cabbage, Great Tasting and has a very long storage life,
grown by White Pine Farm (certified organic of course)
Black Radishes

Spanish Radishes, Hmmm!! New, cultural and tasty!!

Chop Them & Roast them, Shred them on a Salad, Any which way you choose to eat them they are good.
Good For your Liver, Good for a cold, Good for your skin, Regulates cholesterol and more.

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Open For Ordering Now to Mon 10 pm

Farmers Works Never Ends!

 

 

Organic Apples are NOW available.  It is the time of year where the Apple Orchards are filled with people enjoying doughnuts, cider, pumpkins, apples and more.  Most orchards make things fun for the family.  This year Almar Orchard and the Country Mill Farm are both doing that.  Almar had gotten hit so hard last spring with a late frost that it took out most of their apples and they barely have enough apples for all the people that come to enjoy their orchard.  Because of that we may not be seeing many of Almars apples this year on the website so we now have Country Mill Farm who also has a certified organic orchard.  The website lists at least four varieites of apples available, crimson crisp, Jonathon, McIntosh and Purplicious.

 

Sweet Potatoes one of the best tasting healthiest tubers out their.  And best of all they taste great.  Did you know that a sweet potato is not a potato, it is actually a member of the morning glory family.

 

 

 

Great Lakes fish is back Finally!  Caught in Lake Superior one of the cleanest great lakes has been clean, quick frozen and vacuum packed for freshness.  It all looks good.

 

 

 

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Almar Crop and Harvest Update 2017

Dear Customers of Almar Orchards,

Sometimes Mother Nature pulls out all the stops and grants us a bumper crop, which is a happy ending to a year of hard work. Other years, she takes her cut and then some. 2017 is going to be an interesting season for us here at Almar Orchards and JK’s Scrumpy, LLC. Mother Nature didn’t have a benevolent frame of mind when she was writing the script for May of this year. The drama is still unfolding and we have yet to see the end of the story.

What we do know is this…because of the frost and freeze event during the full moon in May, we have many varieties of apples that were lost. For instance, we “normally” harvest 700 bushels of our Paula Reds (above) but this year we’ll only end up with about 75 bushel, total! These “ugly” apples will not go to waste, as Mother Nature bestows a little gift in that the damaged apples actually undergo a chemical change. This change makes them firmer and sweeter — PERFECT for our famous fresh apple cider and fermented hard ciders. The drawback is that not only will we have less volume to harvest, (around 25% of last year) but less saleable apples overall. Many of the apples just won’t be pretty enough to bag up and sell to you. So, we’re reaching out to some of our friends in the state of Washington. We’ll be buying several varieties of USDA ORGANIC APPLES from them, as we did in 2012, and they will be VERY PRETTY APPLES. They just won’t have that unique Almar Orchards flavor that you’re used to. The growing conditions and the methods they employ in Washington’s climate are totally different from what we have here in Michigan.

Basically, you will need to tune in to our social media posts and/or weekly website updates to stay informed. You can always call us if you are not online. We want you to know that we’ll still have organic apples and cider and will bring back a bit of agritourism to keep you connected to us. WE APPRECIATE YOU!

Sincerely,
Jim and Karen Koan,
Monique Koan Lapinski and Zach Koan, Co-owners

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Farmers are harvesting lots of goodies

JUST ADDED:
Garlic Bulbs
Yellow Beans
Multi Colored Beets

Fresh Blueberries!

Gluten Free From Westwind is Back

FRESH Produce, lots of it.

Summer Squash
Tomatoes
Celery (best fresh & tasty)
Small Cucumbers! Yumm!
Zucchini (Organic Means NON GMO)
MICRO GREENS

Other Organic Produce
LETTUCE, KALE, Swiss Chard, Radishes,
CARROTS, Beets
and MORE!!!
Organic Frozen Produce
Mashed Potatoes (ready to serve)
Blueberries, tart cherries, peppers, onions, cucumbers,  zucchini, greens,
Organic Dried Produce

If you cannot find it on the website give us quick

comment requesting it and odds are we may have

extra when we harvest.

Sale & Clearance

Oops Sale Pecans (kosher but not certified organic)

NEW or RETURNED

NUTS!!NUTS!!!!& MORE NUTS!!!,
SUMMER SQUASH
GLUTEN FREE
Zucchini & Cucumbers
Organic Flour,  Soy Free and Meats, Nuts,

Proteins & Meats

Organic Meats
Grass fed beef available.
Pork, Lamb, Fish and Vegetarian Burgers.
POULTRY
VEGETARIAN BURGERS

Dairy
Organic Cheese & Milk
Cheese, Toni Oliver makes the premium cheese from the very same cows that she milks twice a day.
FOR FRESHEST MILK ORDER THIS WEEK!!!!
Milk from Hilhof, it is in glass not plastic so it tastes so much better.

Pantry

Local Raw Honey, Maple Syrup, mall to large jars of these wonderful local sweet healthy treats.
Nut Butters, Flour, Oatmeal, Beans,
Popcorn, Salsa, Jams, Pastas, Dry Beans and more.

GARDENING

Approved for Certified Organic Use
That time of year again, seed starter, fertilizers, composts and all good things for your garden.

SOAPS

Healthy for your skin and you.
Soaps for bathing, washing hair, fragrance free or some with essential oils.
Laundry soap that leaves your cloths soft and fresh, toilet bowl cleaner, dishwasher soap.

BEVERAGES

Organic
Switchel, Tart Cherry Juice,
Tasty Switchel, or cool down with root beer and for those that need a little boost for their health tries some organic tart cherry concentrate.

NEWS

WEB LOG–NEW Article about organic farming.
Farm Tour Aug 8
Farm store at White Pine Farm
CSA Farmers Market is now open.
We are at Milford Market–Come Visit us.
Cider and Apples are done for the year!

Make a trip to one of our local Farms.
See how we grow the food you eat.
Nice to have food you can drive to, visit where it is growing instead of taking an airplane.

WHY NEW SOFTWARE!

Please be patient and let us know of any problems.
Katie who started the site is on maternity leave.
The NEW WEBSITE is many years over due.
The original software was never designed for our application and limited us in what we could do.
This new software can grow and adapt with us.
Modifications can be made as we take customers feed back for improvements.

If you need help with the website.

OR

Or if you find BUGS

Please call us at 810-688-7442, or email us at [email protected]

THANKS FOR YOU PATIENCE!

http://csafarmersmarket.net/shop

Please sign in before shopping!

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Changes at CSA Farmers Market

Hi All!!

This is the  year for change!  Maybe too much at one time, there is actually a reason for the changes.

What the changes will eventually mean for you!  Website–Pre-orders of berries in large quantities, more reasonably priced home deliveries, rewards points for customers who order regularly, having the ability to go to your account and see if your invoice is paid.  We will be able to develop a better recipe section, the ability to see the actual status of your order and how it was paid.  Customers can stop at the on farm store and buy what they want.  The list is actually of advantages is actually quite long.

We are moving our office into a building next to where we pack orders and our walk in cooler is stored.  The building was built right after World War 2 and it takes Dale about a month to cut enough wood just to heat the building.  Hopefully this year we will actually be able to get to the ceiling to work on it, so possibly we can cut down on how much it takes to heat the building.

We also put a store front in the building where the office is, since there are a lot of local people who want to stop by the farm and purchase items.  Each week the store gets a little better and we are working on our signage, when we have time.

We have changed the relationship with the participating farmers.  The original agreement was never fair.  One farmer who might have $40 worth of spice sells was expected to put in the same amount of time and percentage for the market as the farmer who had $700 worth of meat sells.  The farmers that did their share of work or more often did not have time to grow and had fewer sells, where as others ones grew more and had more sells, but did less.  The new relationship is determining the work requirements and percentages given to operate the market more based on actual sells, the types of the products and the actual participation (example like helping at farmers markets etc. which many of them never did.)

The website; with this we are going in the right direction; it is just that we hit some BIG BIG road blocks.  The person that was working on the website went on Maternity leave (she had a beautiful baby girl) and the person that was to help take over was somewhat a fish out of water and some actions had some unintended consequences that set us back by a lot.  After the last big crash I came to the conclusion that I must learn as much as I can about how these content based website systems and be less dependent on others, so I have plugged myself into a lot of tech supports  organizations that are teaching me.  A lot of people are wondering why we are leaving the old website, especially since the new site is no where near where I want it to be.  The other site was never designed for our application, was never going to evolve with us and had a great number of limitation, although I do miss many things about it, with the new site I have a great deal of hope for the future after we get past all these stumbling blocks.

I will am being interviewed on an internet radio station Friday Morning Empire Radio Now on 7/21/2017 at 9:52am EST.

Lets hope I am rested and do not babble like I am when I am overly tired.

Overly tired is another reason for the changes.  I personally was carrying so much of the work load to keep us going that I realized due to lack of sleep I was putting my self at risk of a heart attack.  So everyone else has to step up to the plate and help carry the load.  The participating farmers were mostly unaware as to how much background work it takes to operate the market.  They were SPOILED.

Sincerely

Marian Listwak

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FARM TOUR (Aug 8, 1:30pm)

We will at White Pine Farm will be having a farm tour on Aug 8, 1:30 pm.  It will be lasting about an hour possibly more, it is also where CSA Farmers Market is centered.

We are in North Branch just north of Lapeer by about 13.5 miles or just north of Imlay city by about 16 miles.

We would like those that are coming to call 810-688-7442 or email us at [email protected] and let us know you are coming.

You will have an opportunity to see the hoop houses, the cattle and the outdoor crops.  We welcome questions about organic farming practices and more.  We also love to hear suggestions any experiences you may have had.

Address: 2933 Burnside Rd., North Branch 48461.  Go to the building that looks like a barn with an attached greenhouse for growing plants on the front of it.