Get to the Farm! Central UP Farm Tours

Agriculture, Alex Palzewicz, Upper Peninsula

Every farm visit is unique, but the one common denominator is that you’ll always leave with a deeper appreciation for food and those who work so hard to provide it to us. Luckily for those of you in and around the Central Upper Peninsula, there are tons of opportunities coming up that will get you to the farm! 

Combating Climate Change: Creating Climate-resilient Orchards

Agriculture, Climate Change, Environment, Julia Linder, Learn More

In my previous post of this Climate Change series, (see the first and second post here), I discussed how tree fruit growers in Michigan are faced with adapting to a “new normal” due to climate change. Pest and disease profiles are shifting, frost dates are less predictable, and precipitation is becoming more erratic. Growers adapt to these changes by implementing management strategies like wind machines and irrigation systems. 

Know Your Farmer: Nature & Nurture Seeds

Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Julia Linder, Know Your Farmer

MMeet the crew at Nature & Nurture Seeds! Together with volunteers and interns, co-founders of Nature & Nurture Seeds Erica Kempter and Mike Levine run their organic and sustainably-grown seed company out of their Dexter farm.  

Know Your Farmer: Hallstedt Homestead

Find Local Food, Julia Linder, Know Your Farmer, Uncategorized

For all sweet cherry lovers out there, Hallstedt Homestead is the place for you. The Northport orchard, run by Sarah and Phil Hallstedt, is a new haven for sweet cherries in the heart of the cherry capital. They grow eight varieties of sweet cherries, including six varieties available for U-Pick.

Legislative Alert: 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids and Farms

Dianne Conners, Economy, Find Local Food, Health, Learn More

10 Cents a Meal is a match grant for schools to purchase MICHIGAN grown produce and dry beans and it is currently available in five of Michigan’s ten prosperity regions. Over the past three years of the program, farmers have developed new markets for their products and school kids are consuming more healthy, Michigan grown produce. Win, win!

Know Your Farmer: Open Sky Organic Farm

Find Local Food, Julia Linder, Know Your Farmer, Stories, Uncategorized

Open Sky Organic Farm is a certified organic farm four miles from Cross Village, Michigan. Together, Sam and Susan Sharp produce a variety of flowers, herbs, and vegetables, including garlic, snap peas, and spring mix. 

Sam and Susan put their roots down in Northern Michigan years ago because of their love for the land, seasonal changes, and the people. Susan says the pace of life up north just resonated with them. The two of them started farming several years ago while Susan was still teaching. She has since retired, and this is their third year farming their land near Cross Village. The 10-acre piece used to be an old fallow hay field, whose soil had been left stripped and in need of some TLC. Susan and Sam went to work building their soil and bringing life back to the property, and they now have four acres in production.

Know Your Farmer: Mighty Soil Farm

Farmers Markets, Julia Linder, Know Your Farmer, Upper Peninsula

Mighty Soil Farm is a small organic farm run by Kate Debs and Joe Newman in the Upper Peninsula town of Chatham. They pack a punch on their ¾-acre parcel, where they grow about forty vegetables, including staples like carrots, tomatoes, and salad greens.

Crop Spot: Radishes

Eat Local, Find Local Food, Kelly Wilson, Learn More, Recipes

After months of gray skies and storage vegetables, the first spring crops are a welcome relief for the eyes and the palette. An often underappreciated crop is the humble, but delicious, spring radish. An edible root vegetable of the Brassicaceae family (it’s cousins are broccoli, kale, collards, and cabbage), radishes come in a variety of colors (yay for antioxidants!) and shapes.