Bluestem Farm

Bluestem Farm is a four-season, diversified farm in East Jordan, Michigan. We offer a year-round, quarterly CSA program which features build-your-own shares. Our high season CSA program runs for 16 weeks, from June 23 through November 16. Farm members choose a la carte from our own vegetables, heritage breed, pasture-raised pork, chicken, and eggs. Pick-ups are available in Bellaire, Boyne City, Petoskey, and Gaylord, and at the farm in East Jordan. Membership is payable either up-front or in four installments, and we accept Bridge Cards/EBT. Our growing practices are sustainable and chemical-free. No GMOs, hormones, chemicals, or antibiotics are used in producing our food. We anticipate organic certification in 2014.

We love welcoming the community to our farm! Get all the details about our full slate of fun high season events, from hayrides, potlucks, and barn movies, to members-only cooking demos and food preservation events through our e-newsletters. Register at

We are dedicated to producing a huge variety of food straight through the year. We rely as little as possible on external inputs. We are proud to raise heritage-breed pigs, chickens for both meat and eggs, and a large variety of indoor and outdoor vegetables. Much of the 80 acres of woods, rolling grassland, and gardens that make up Bluestem Farm have been fallow for the past 50 years. During that time, the many habitats that make up our land have been protected in an interconnected patchwork vibrant with plant and animal life. We are carefully transitioning the land back to farmland in a way that continues to protect wild spaces, pollinators, and birds. Our farming practices include careful rotational grazing, organic growing methods, and minimal inputs. We chose the name Bluestem Farm for the native Midwestern prairie grass by the same name.

Aaron and Mary Brower are first-generation farmers who spent much of their twenties and thirties traveling. In the age-old tradition of apprenticeship, we learned season-extension and cold-weather farming methods from master farmers. To us, practicing sustainable, community-based farming is just as important as growing good food. We believe that small farms play a pivotal role in the work of preserving local food supplies, decreasing energy consumption, and bringing neighbors together in authentic communities. Our food is special not only because it is healthy, local, and environmentally responsible, but also because it is delicious. As cooks as well as farmers, we delight in the beauty, quality, and excellence of our food.

Want to learn more? Read our year-long Farmer's Journal column in Edible Grande Traverse Magazine through the links below: summer link: fall: holiday: winter:


Listing last updated on Apr 9, 2014

Bluestem Farm's high season CSA program features an exciting array of foods. Build your own share from our own pasture-raised, heritage-breed pork, chicken, and eggs, along with scores of varieties of mouth-watering vegetables. Grown without synthetic sprays, GMOs, antibiotics, hormones, or bad anythings. Pick-ups available in Boyne City, Bellaire, East Jordan, Gaylord, and Petoskey. Payable either up front or in 4 installments. We accept EBT. Details at

Season:  June through November

Type:  single farm

Since:  2010

# of Shares:  125

Full Share:  Regular Vegetable Share $550 total, or $25 per week Small Vegetable Share $396 total, or $18 per week Regular Pork Share $286 total, or $13 per week Small Pork Share $143 total, or $6.50 per week Regular Chicken Share $320 total, or $16 per week Sm

1/2 Share:  Every-Other-Week Vegetable Share $220 total, or $10 per week Every-Other-Week Egg Share $39 total, or $1.75 per week

Work Req?  No

Schedule and Location:

Boyne City Farmer's Market - Veteran's Park (Saturdays from 8-noon) through October
Boyne City Winter Market - at the Red Barn (by the library) from 9 - noon from October through April

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Bluestem Farm has allowed me to find a rhythm with making my own food at home. I've been on both sides of CSA farming and CSA membership. With the options that Bluestem has available, my partner and I were able to craft our own pick-up items.... [more]

Thankyou Mary and Aaron for all the care and effort that goes into what you produce at Bluestem! At the winter CSA potluck we felt welcome and part of a wonderful community.... [more]

After much consideration for what we have decided to eat and not to eat this year my husband and I choose to join a CSA. We choose Bluestem Farm because we wanted local food, the chance to visit the farm and it appealed to us to have the option of fresh chicken and pork as well as vedgies.... [more]

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