A VISIT TO MUD CREEK FARM!
I was pretty impressed with what I saw at the farm, although I did not have time to hang around too long as I had to get back to Almars. Mud Creek grows all of their own ginger to make the ginger ale and they harvest their own elderberries. The hoophouses sit low in a swampy area and the house sits high. They had a large collection of Pontiac Vibes (one of my favorite cars) and seemed down to earth during our brief conversation. I am looking forward to getting back to their farm to see how they grown ginger. The pop they make has NO coloring! Not sure why producers started adding coloring to pop in the first place.
Moving Forward Finally our Wheat Grass Grower is Here.
I have juice and tasted his wheat grass juice and it is soo good.
Green Healing is what they call themselves and they are from Genesee County. Only organic seed and soil is used to grow this sweet wheat grass.
Delicious Herbs from Columbiaville Michigan owner Gina Delisi is a great addition to our group. The samples she sent us were so delicious that having the word delicious in her product name was not an exaggeration. Gina is also studying health and nutrition and is incorporating those principals in her teas and mixes.
Will’s Greenhouse: We have known and worked with Jim Wills for more than 10 years. He only does greenhouse plants in the Spring/Early Summer, uses Morgan Products (the ones approved for organic use) and some certified organic potting soil mixes. He also only uses Certified Organic Seed. He will be ordering his seeds in December and he will order and grow whatever plants you may want. Look for a survey very soon asking for what seeds he should order and plants you want him to grow.
We want your plants to arrive to you in perfect shape and ready for you to plant and we will not send you plants until the proper frost free dates so your plants will have a better chance of surviving. (Green houses make a lot of money selling tomato plants too early that are not hardened, they die and the customer goes back and buys more)
Jim also hardens the plants off, so when you take them home they will not shock from the temperature and light changes. Plants that come out of the hot green house and into Michigan’s cooler temperatures usually do not survive. He puts them on a large flat hay wagon and haul them outside each day for a short period of time to accumulate to the colder temperature. Quality plants like the ones he produce is not easy to find.
Some of the Good
Things we are harvesting.
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, Great Tasting and has a very long storage life,
grown by White Pine Farm (certified organic of course)
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.
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.
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!
Jim and Karen Koan,
Monique Koan Lapinski and Zach Koan, Co-owners