Although it's the tail end of the main market season, our days continue to be just as long as they've always been. We're building the new 100ft hoophouse as fast as we can, the existing hoophouses are getting planted in winter hardy crops, the wash station is about to be insulated from the winter chill and Fall storage crops like cabbage, kohlrabi and sweet potatoes are getting pulled from the field. While there is still plenty of work to go around before that looming bitter cold winter night comes and unwittingly shuts down produce production, this feels like as good a time as any to take stock on our first season in Michigan as Lake Divide Farm.
When we began our transition to Michigan, Helen and I drove back and forth from NJ to MI each week. We had promised our people back East that we would finish out our season with them, and while we kept that promise, it meant that Helen and I were in different states most of the time. I'd be in Michigan fixing up the farm house while Helen ran markets in NJ, then we would switch off as our skills dictated. Weeks become months, and the season changed from summer to Fall and finally Winter. Eventually our NJ season ended and we dug our heels into our new life in Michigan. We had our lives shipped out here one truckload at a time, we transported most of our business and home personally, but had to hire trucks to move some of the tractors and field supplies. When we began the process, our new home in Michigan was cold, without plumbing or a working pump and the raccoons that lived in the house were not happy to have new tenants! Eventually we had water at the spigot outside and later in the house. Electricity came months afterwards. Hot water, insulation in the attic and walls, a reinstated furnace, windows that close, doors that open, all the while re-establishing a business on new land, in a new state. It's been a lifetime of a year, I can't believe how much we got done and how much still awaits doing. It's been a privilege growing for all of you this year. I know that our markets will continue without seasonal pause in some locations, but for the others, I thank you. You've supported us through the most important year of of lives. As a result, I can promise you, without hesitation, that in the coming year, following a brief winter respite, we will be back, and we will better than ever before! Thank you all for following us through this time. We hope to see you at market, even its just for a conversation over a requisite cup of coffee.
- "Seconds" (less than perfect but still perfectly delicious) are $2 per pound or a full tray for $20
- 5+ pounds of tomatoes of your choice $2.50 per pound
- 10+ pounds of tomatoes of your choice $2.00 per pound
Fresh from the field
Beets by the pound
Carrot by the pound
Greens: Arugula, mizuna, mustard, tatsoi, Tokyo bekana (bok choi lettuce), Salad Mix, spinach,
Snack peppers: perfect for a snack, a lunch, or go gourmet and stuff them with fine cheeses!
Winter squash: Acorn, Delicata, Spaghetti, Red Kuri & Long Pie!
Turnips - classic
*We send this email out before harvest, and although we do our very best to make accurate predictions, crops and quantities found at market may vary.
All the best!
Helen, Jim, Exie the dog, and the Lake Divide Farm Crew!
Markets, always rain or shine!
(we begin attending on dates listed above)
Wednesday: Ann Arbor
The Ann Arbor Market is located in the Kerrytown District at 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI. The market runs from May thru December from 7 am to 3 pm.
The Stockbridge Open Air Market is located on the square in downtown Stockbridge. It runs from May thru October from 4 pm to 7 pm
Saturday: Ann Arbor and Chelsea
The Ann Arbor Market is located in the Kerrytown District at 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI. The market runs from May thru December, 7 am to 3 pm and January thru April from 8 am to 3 pm.
The Chelsea Farmers' Market is located in the lower library lot along Park St. It runs May thru October from 8 am to 1 pm.
The Howell Farmers' market can be found in the heart of Howell at State st and Clinton st, adjacent to the historic Livingston County Courthouse. It runs May thru October, 9 am to 2 pm.