2013 Update: We've been getting calls and emails from you all, as well as new families wanting CSA shares this year. Bill and I have decided we need to cut back and take a break from the responsibility of providing CSA shares, and growing so many acres of vegetables. We both still work other full time jobs, and are now in our 60s and it was just too much work. We will really miss it, as we've enjoyed feeding people! We've learned to grow more efficiently, extend our seasons, and eat better while providing food for 100s of others. We are sorry for you all that the younger folks who have farmed here are not willing to take on the CSA business. Most of them will be growing for market, but not in the quantity we all were here at Earthscape.
We will still be farming! Keeping 80 - 100 cows, chickens, and growing the hay and grains for them means plenty of chore and tractor time. We will also still be growing a half acre or so of vegetables, with some possibly available for Market or sales off the farm.
It's actually a huge relief to NOT be responsible for providing boxes of veggies in a month, with Spring being practically non-existent this year! We still have no onion plants or early crops planted outdoors. We have some harvest from the hoop house, and plants started in the greenhouse, but nothing is growing like normal, and the ground is too wet and cold to even prepare for planting. Please be patient with your local growers as they deal with this weather.
We are still at Sweetwater Local Foods Market on Saturdays from 9am - 1pm with beef, organic olive oil and organic and fair trade coffee. There will be extra produce from time to time. We will still do some sales at the Farm, too.
Remember, you all are capable of putting in a few chard and kale plants, some lettuce, a few pepper and tomato plants. It's easier than you think!
From 2012: We have always farmed and gardened using sustainable methods. We raise for sale: vegetables, beef, some grains, and hardwood timber; We sell some feeder cattle. We have always used sustainable agriculture methods and compost on a large scale. Beef is sold frozen by the quarter, and we sell beef by the pound and package at Sweetwater Local Foods Market in Muskegon. We have used rotational pastures since the 70s, and put up a lot of hay for winter. We grow most of our own feed for the animals and grind it here on the farm. We started a CSA in 2003 and have expanded it every year. We also sell vegetables, beef and Higher Grounds organic fair trade coffee at the Sweetwater Local Foods Market in Muskegon. We also are interested in sharing what we have learned with other like-minded folks. Check out our blog! Give us a call or email!
Check out the Sweetwater Local Foods Market!. Outdoors at Hackley Health at the Lakes (In the Lobby if weather inclement). On Harvey St. ½ mile S of Lakes Mall near Pontaluna Rd. between Muskegon and Spring Lake. It's our 8th year! We are there on Saturdays from 9 - 1 with an assortment of yummy vegetables and beef.
Season: May through October
Type: single farm
# of Shares: 60
Full Share: 2012 prices: 16 week share $425/ year or double shares are $800/year; 20 week shares $525/single or $1000 for a double; + delivery charge if applicable
Work Req? No
Sweetwater Local Foods Market. Outdoors at Hackley Health at the Lakes (In the Lobby if weather inclement).
On Harvey St. S of Lakes Mall near Pontaluna Rd. between Muskegon and Spring Lake.
I am a huge fan of Bill and Patrice after our visit last weekend to their organic farm, they were such wonderful hosts and really care about quality and community. If I could give them 6 stars I would :-)
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Earthscape Farm has a little something for everybody, from organic vegetables to pasture-raised meat. We have been lucky enough to get beef from the farm twice now and both times it has been really excellent quality for a totally reasonable price.... [more]