I began farming at Stone Cloud Gardens in 1993. I began going to markets in 1994. My business has grown. I have learned. It is my hope that customers that come to Farmers Markets appreciate what is special about Market Gardening and...
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I practice PERMACULTURE. My cultural practices are focused on becoming sustainable. I limit off-farm inputs and recycle everything I can. I have adopted the label ECOLOGICALLY GROWN to highlight my bond with other local farmers with whom I share this focus.
My farm is in ST. JOHNS, MICHIGAN.
I use no pesticides - insecticides, herbicides or fungicides of any kind. Compost, mulch, rock powders and cover crops feed my soil. I grow herbs, GREENS, 20 varieties of GARLIC, and HEIRLOOM VARIETIES of VEGETABLES, as well as various perennial fruits, nuts and vegetables. My plantings are in raised beds in POLYCULTURES, two crops per season per bed. All produce is FIELD GROWN.
I pay special attention to the appropriate harvest, and post harvest practices of each crop so as not to degrade the flavor and nutritional value.
I also grow VEGETABLE TRANSPLANTS in cold frames. Traditional agriculture is my model. My customers and the unique natural environment of my farm are my certifiers. I am a MARKET GARDENER. I sell at the Meridian Township Farmer's Market, the Howell Farmer's Market, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market and the Ann Arbor Artisans Market.
In 1998 I started a cottage industry of COLD-PROCESS SOAPMAKING. I scent the soaps with natural essential oils. It started as a season extension but has grown into a second business (BOB'S WIFE'S SOAPS) through customer demand. Bob sells the soap that he makes at the Ann Arbor Artisans Market, the Flint Farmers Market, other markets and craft shows.
LOCAL FOOD IS THE FOOD THAT TASTES OF THE LAND. The soil, the wind, the sun, the rain, the seed, and the organisms that thrive alongside, all create the qualities of this food. Local food never grows alone. It adapts to a community of plants and animals. It strives to avoid waste and to not rely on imports from off the farm. It is unique. Local is not measured by distance, but by familiarity. Each farm has its own flavor. Find it.
MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP FARMERS MARKET OF OKEMOS - May-October 8am-2pm Saturday
8am-2pm July-October Wednesday
Thanksgiving Market - day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday)
WINTER MARKET - first and third Saturday of the month December - April - Penny's corridor at the Meridian Mall
HOWELL FARMERS MARKET - May-October Sundays 9am-2pm
ANN ARBOR FARMERS MARKET
Nov,Dec- Saturdays 7am - 3pm,
Jan - April Saturdays 8am - 3pm
May June Nov Dec - some Wednesdays 7am - 3pm
SUNDAY ARTISANS' MARKET OF ANN ARBOR (Stone Cloud Gardens / Bob's Wife's Soaps) - April - December Sundays 11am-4pm
FLINT FARMERS' MARKET (Bob's Wife's Soaps) some Saturdays
The soap we've bought has been worth every penny. As well as the wide variety of garlic. This owner is very knowledgeable about her product and never holds back on offering what some would term "insider" information.... [more]
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I've visited Stone Cloud at the meridian farmers market many times. I luv Marjorie's soaps... there are so many varieties of them, and you'll definitely find one that you like.... [more]
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Garlic Planting Finished
I stayed home from market Sunday in order to beat the storm and plant the rest of the garlic. The unplanted garlic beds were covered, but clearing them of snow in order to plant is a mess and we ended up with a storm total of more than 7 inches! Snow was falling already as I planted the last 3 beds.... [more]