Our farm and orchard is located on 10 acres in Metamora, MI and was established following our acquisition of the house and property in 2012. Our initial farm investment was the orchard, which was planted the first spring. It currently consists of a variety of apple, peach, pear, cherry, plum, and apricot trees. While still in the early growth stages we are eagerly looking forward to the “fruitful” harvests it will provide in the upcoming years.
In the fall of 2013 we acquired two 96’x 20’ hoop houses which allowed us to significantly expand our growing seasons and provide even more delicious produce earlier and later in the year.
Early in 2014 we began leasing a mature apple orchard located about 10 miles northwest of our farm. The property contains almost 600 trees and several different varieties including:
Grandpa's Grand Applesauce was introduced in the fall of 2014. It is a variety specific, premium applesauce made exclusively with our apples. Current varieties include:
- Mighty Mac - McIntosh
- Red Carpet - Red Delicious
- Gold Rush - Golden Delicious
- Double Delicious - combination Red and Golden Delicious
We invested for future harvests during 2015, with new plantings that included 200 feet of blueberry bushes, 200 feet of raspberries, and an expansion of our initial asparagus plot to a total of 400 feet. We also added a wash station to the pole barn to make produce cleaning, cooling, and sorting much easier and efficient.
2016 included additional strawberry and blueberry plantings and we finally broke down and fenced our small orchard to try and keep the deer away from the new apple trees! We also purchased a large two door commercial cooler to expand our post harvest storage.