My husband and I were born and raised in Michigan and we previously lived in Traverse City Michigan, harboring a dream of owning our own family farm one day.
We both have a background in Hospitality and Culinary arts and have witnessed first hand the importance of where our food comes from, how it is raised and the growing practices. We wanted to be a part of the movement to bring back the small family farm and a healthier local food system. As well as be a part of revitalizing our rural communities.
In 2017 we found our dream located just north of Mancelona Michigan and went for it. We realized our dream and were able to move our family here in October of 2017 and could not wait to get started breathing life back into the farm. We currently have pigs and chickens as well as fields. We already have asparagus established, raspberries, and Sunchokes. Last year we grew everything from bush beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, brussel sprouts, potatoes and pumpkins. We also offer Catering and Cooking Classes as well as Private Chef services.
Back in 1878, our farm was first purchased by a group of German immigrants in two separate parcels of land. Over the years, the land passed through a few hands, until Dan Makel, son of one of the original immigrants purchased both parcels in 1919 and combined them into the current parcel.
Today, we have three barns on our farm. The largest of them was built before 1903. We know this because the head barn builder, Daniel Stahle, passed away that year and we know from records that he was the one in charge of building our barn. Unfortunately, we don't have records of our other two smaller barns but they definitely show their age as their trusses and support posts are made up of debarked trees instead of milled wood.
Over the years previous owners have done what they could to preserve the buildings and now it is our turn. We love learning about the history of the land and buildings and consider ourselves fortunate to now be a part of it.