Reviews for: Dawson Farm LLC
Awesome farm !
By: Ingrid Kirn (Oct 4, 2010)
My husband and I love those Dawson Farm chicken eggs. We have also purchased a delicious 1/2 of a hog. It is important to us to eat food that grows naturally and lives as free from stress as humanly possible. We have visited the Dawson farm on many occasions and always come away knowing the value of our purchases include economy, safety, and ethical stockmanship. We will be back for more and try duck for the first time!
VERY Happy Customer!
By: Beth Hemeryck (Sep 29, 2010)
I have been getting produce, eggs, and meat (chickens) from Dawson Farms for the last 5 years.
The chicken eggs are always of the finest quality, as are the duck eggs. I really like knowing that these laying birds are allowed to live as close to their species "normal" as possible. I have toured the entire operation at Dawson Farms, and I can tell you the ONLY time birds are placed in a cage is if they are injured and need to be separated from the flock for their own safety.
The flock of laying hens live in a large wooden coop, with handmade perches and laying/nesting boxes available to them. They also have direct access to the outdoors via a pen that is at least 500 square feet. Weather permitting, they are given the opportunity to roam the entire property to feed on grass and bugs on a daily basis.
The ducks and geese are kept in similar buildings, while being allowed free-range throughout the property every day (weather permitting).
Tom and Laura are continually looking for ways to expand their offerings at Dawson Farms. Last year they began a produce CSA program. Due to the distance I live from their farm, I am not able to participate in the CSA, but I have eaten fresh produce from their garden many times, and I'm always impressed.
The heirloom tomatoes are GORGEOUS; the hot peppers (although not my favorite) have gotten rave reviews from my husband and friends; bell peppers, herbs, celery and carrots are always tasty to use in soups; the variety of greens can be used in salads, soups, or sauteed with olive oil and garlic for a tasty and healthy side to any dinner; and just recently I had the opportunity to taste Laura's homemade grape jam made with grapes that she grew.
I wish that we lived closer, so that my family could participate in the CSA. Based on grocery store - and even farmers market - prices for organic produce and free-range organic eggs, I think Dawson Farms is not only fairly priced, but a true bargain.
By: Amber Mika (Sep 21, 2010)
My husband and I decided to join a co-op after hearing great things from people he worked with. We choose Dawson's because they were offering fruit, unlike some of the others. We were very excited to start the season and receive our first basket. When my husband arrived home with our first basket, we both were very disappointed. We received some lettuce, weeds and eggs. Definitely not worth $30 a week. We found ourselves going to the grocery store more often because we didn't know what we would be receiving in our basket each week. When we asked why we weren't receiving items that we saw at the farmers market, we were told we didn't know anything about gardening and Michigan's growing season. Even though my mother-in-law was giving us fresh vegetables every week from her home garden. After a couple go arounds with the farm we decided not to finish the growing season, since it wasn't worth the gas to go and get the basket. We paid for the full basket (over $400) and didn't feel that we even received $100 worth of vegetables. We would be very hesitant to join another and definitely would not go back to Dawson's.
By: Sharon Calkins (Sep 10, 2010)
I decided to try Dawson Farms this year for the CSA. The first few weeks were sparse, which I understand during the spring when things are not comming on fully. She keep putting a new type of vegitation -- which I knew my friends feed to their pigs, in my basket, and alot of collard and mustard greens. I wrote her an e-mail requesting that she not put these in my basket. All the greens and lettuces were mixed up and I told her that it made for a bitter surprise in my salad. She informed me that there was an "education problem" and that I wasn't using these vegitation correctly, I should ask her for recipes, not send her an e-mail. etc. After receiving a stern lecture on preperation, I took my basket and just pitched the 'hog-weed'.
I found that the basket share I received seemed small and dissappointing. Although it was nice to receive some fresh herbs, there wasnt enough salad greens, nor where the baskets planned so that you could cook things together. I believe that in 8 weeks I got 1 green pepper and mostly collard, mustard greens and kale. I liked getting fresh eggs, but paying $350 up front for 1/2 share, it was too costly for the eggs and fresh herbs. I had to continually go to a local Farmer's Market to get salad greens -- lettuce, romaine, decent tomatos, yellow squash. I never did receive any squash from her. I got more tomatos and lettuce out of my own garden than what I got from the farm!
Things were okay for a while, but the share was small and dissappointing. I had some circumstances beyond my control and was unable to make it for pickup for 2 weeks in a row. I showed up the 3rd week and she was angry at me and told me that she didn't have a basket ready for me because I didn't show up for 2 weeks and didn't contact her, which she reminded me I "signed a contract" to contact her if I couldn't pick it up. I was stunned by her reaction and asked when she would have a basket ready. I apologized for not contacting her and didn't understand why she was so upset with me. She told me "don't start with an attitude".... I told her that she already had my money (which was paid upfront), so it wasn't any more cost to her to prepare a basket -- she could split it up later. I told her that I was done with her farm, she won, she had my money and I wont be coming back. This was a very unpleasant experience with someone that I paid $350 to for a summer worth of fresh veggetables. This person could not handle feedback from a customer about what I was looking for in my basket, (more salad stuff, less bitter stuff), and she lost this customer because of it.
Although I support CSA mentally, emotionally and spiritually, I can no longer support it financially. This is the second farm that I have tried, and haven't felt I got my money's worth. I can go to a local Farm Market and have my pick of veggetables.