Our efforts to bring as much local food to the table wouldn’t be a success without the hard work and dedication of a group of local farmers and local food artisans. This sense of collaboration is what drives all our efforts at Grange. We hope you’ll visit these producers at their farms or at local farmers’ markets to help sustain our local food economy.
Tantré Farm has been a certified organic farm since 1993. We are located about 20 miles west of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our fruit crops include strawberries, raspberries, pears, and melons. We grow about 50 varieties of vegetables and a small variety of herbs and flowers. In addition to that, we have an Australian cattle dog, some cats, a small flock of chickens, a few LaMancha goats, and a couple of Guernsey cows. We sell our produce through CSA shares, at various local stores, restaurants, and also at the Ann Arbor and Chelsea Farmers Markets. Our farm is situated on 40 acres of wetland, woods, and sandy-loam fields. Richard and Deb, along with their daughter, Ariana, live on-site year round. Seasonal workers or interns join them for various parts of the year, living and working together.
Back Forty Acres is at the Doll family’s Centennial Farm, located in Sylvan Township, southwest of Chelsea, Michigan. The homestead was built in 1850 and purchased by Simeon Weber in 1864. It is surrounded by 180 acres of cropland, hardwood forest, ponds and streams. Two huge barns, built of hand-hewn logs, fieldstone and milled timber, are still in use today. The great great grandsons of Simeon Weber, brothers Larry and Kevin Doll, grew up here doing the chores required on a working farm. They generally had over 200 sheep and 50 head of cattle at any one time, along with chickens and rabbits. Later in life both took “town jobs”, but kept close to their roots.
Handcrafted cow and goat milk cheese using milk from local dairy farms. Each farm that supplies milk to us is family owned and operated as well as committed to sustainable agriculture. Each batch of cheese is farm specific, meaning one batch of milk is only from one specific farm, milks are not mixed. Our fresh cheeses are pastuerized carefully to retain essential proteins and optimum flavors. Our cheesemaking techniques are based on french traditional cheesemaking and each is hand ladeled and formed. Each cheese is carefully aged and shipped to arrive to you at its peak in flavor and ripeness.
Kapnick Orchards has been a family owned business for many years. It was founded in 1958 by Robert and Gertrude Kapnick and Charles and Janice Kapnick. Our farm market, near Tecumseh, was first opened in 1961. In 1975, Charles and Janice purchased the market from Charles' parents Robert and Gertrude Kapnick. Currently the market is operated by Sharon and Bruce Shaffer and Scott Robertello, who purchased the farm from Janice in 2001. Sharon is the daughter of Janice and Charles. In 2001, Kapnick Orchards celebrated their 40th anniversary. During the forty years, Kapnick Orchards has seen many changes. It was transformed from a one room store to the larger operation of today.
The mission of Eat Local Eat Natural is to make it easy for restaurants to buy locally grown and raised natural foods and to connect local farmers with local restaurants. We’re proud to be part of a growing movement toward sustainable, organic farming within our region. We want to encourage local restaurants to use locally grown foods and to encourage farmers to use sustainable and organic farming practices. * Our vision is to move away from a reliance on big agriculture and its unhealthy practices, to break away from dependence on the petroleum and chemicals used not only in transporting food but in growing and raising it as well. This will reduce the “carbon footprint” we’re leaving on Earth. * Our hope is to make this healthy, tasty food accessible to the Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan area. In the near future, we plan to open a store and café, offering our products to the general public.
Roosroast Free Speech Coffee is roasted to painstaking perfection and committed to the basic idea of getting you a great cup of JOE everyday. Each bag of Roosroast stands unrivaled as the luxury coffee that achieves rich, full bodied fragrant perfection with every cup. We're brewing "Rich French Neighbor" at Grange. So delicious!
Here at Nemeth Farms our goal is to provide our customers with the finest Spray Millet around, at a price that is fair to our customers! To ensure our Spray Millet is of the finest quality it is hand havested, graded, and packed. With this kind of care for our product we can garentee you the finest quality.
Our farm is located in Southeastern Barry County. We have lived for here since 1979 and were the Barry County Conservation Farm of the Year in 1989. The flour business started 3 years ago as a hobby and we're in the process of converting some our our ground into organic acreage. Our Practices All flours and meals are stone ground using a 16' and 20' mill. As soon as our products are ground, they are put in the freezer to retain its germ, vitamins and quality. We recommend all buyers to keep the products in the freezer between uses. Our grains are 97% whole, as about 3% of the bran is removed by our sifter. Highlights All products are milled weekly before shows or when purchased online or elsewhere. We buy Organic Wheat and Spelts to process and make our flours. Our corns and buckwheat are naturally grown and the corn is hand sorted on our farm in Barry County. We also have planted spelts on our farm and look forward to harvest it and the new growth of spring wheat next year.
Ernsts believe they can do better as they build a larger clientele. The key to that is the quality and freshness of their product, Alvin Ernst said. "We've had people come to us and say they've never tasted anything so fresh."
Calder Dairy was originally established in 1956 by William Graham Stewart Calder. Milk was purchased from surrounding dairy farms, processed and bottled at the plant at 1020 Southfield Road in Lincoln Park, Michigan. Home delivery was available throughout the Downriver Area. As the years went by, a farm was purchased in Carleton, Michigan, supposedly as a weekend retreat for the family and eventually as a spot to retire to. However, a Brown Swiss Cow was purchased to help keep the grass short, she had a calf, from there we steadily built up a herd of Holstein, Brown Swiss and most recently Jersey Cows. Gradually, the Calder herd continued to grow and today, we milk ninety cows. All of our cows are fed a high quality, home grown forage and grain diet with lots of T.L.C. added. The Farm now supplies most of Calder Dairy's needs. The Dairy and Farm are still family owned and operated with three generations involved on a daily basis.
Producers of local maple syrup. Watch the huge wood-fired boiler turn maple sap into maple syrup! See the entire process from maple sap flowing out of the trees to making maple candy, maple cream, and fudge. Walk through one our wooded lots to see "Nature at it's best!"
ALMAR ORCHARD is a family-oriented fourth generation owned produce and livestock farm. It's 250 sprawling acres of organic and conventional grown fruit and vegetables, maple wood lots and pastures are truly a sight to see in Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Jim and Karen Koan, son and daughter-in-law of Albert and Albert Koan, have spent their lives in dedication to providing the best fruits and vegetables that can be found in the mid-Michigan area. Jim Koan, is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a member of the Board of Directors of many Agricultural Committees both throughout the State and County.