It’s always a thrill when Old Mission Peninsula farm stands open up in the spring after a long winter (and this one seemed especially long for me!). Here’s a look at what’s happening at some of our local farm stands this week…
Daffodils and Tulips at Old Mission Flowers. Owner Ginny Coulter says the garden is loaded with daffodils and tulips. Price is $1 each or 20 for $15. Old Mission Flowers is located at 16550 Center Road, on the corner of Center and Ladd Road (driveway is off Ladd Road). Stay up to date on her Facebook page.
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Lettuce at Local Yokels. “It’s officially OPENING DAY for 2022 at the farm stand!” they announced on their Instagram page today. Current farm stand offerings include Lettuce Mix, $8/bag; Arugula, $8/bag; and Pea Shoots, $4/bag.
“The heat wave has thrown us for a loop, but luckily, as farmers, we’re used to being adaptable! Look for potted plants and additional fresh greens tomorrow!” They’re located at 13130 Center Road. And, of course, we’ll be waiting impatiently for their strawberries to appear on the stand.
Asparagus at Warren Orchards’ Between the Bays. “Look what’s at the farm!” they announced on their Facebook page. They currently have asparagus at their stand at 2705 Island View Road. We’ll keep you posted on when their Center Road stand opens for the season.
Need Firewood? Find it at Manigold’s Stand, located on Center Road, on the right side of the road between Old Mission Road and Swaney Road. Price is $6 each or four for $20.
No Tulips at Cherry Hill. The Farm at Cherry Hill posted a sad note on their Facebook page that the deer destroyed all of their tulips this year.
“We thought we had saved some but the deer are relentless. Despite all our best efforts, and let me tell you the list was long, nothing we did this year kept the deer from destroying over 6000 tulips. We’ve been lucky enough that for years we’ve had systems in place to deter the deer, but somehow they’ve outsmarted us again and again this year. It’s a huge loss for not only our customers, but our business as well.”
So, unfortunately, they will not be opening up the stand with tulips as in previous years, but look for potted plants, hanging baskets, and fancy daffodils in the coming weeks. Here’s a past-year photo that has us looking forward to other beautiful blooms they’ll have on the farm stand this year. They’re located at 13200 Center Road, sort of catacorner from the Peninsula Township offices.
Little Fox Farm Not Open This Year. Erin and Nate McManus announced on their Facebook page that Little Fox Farm will not be open to the public this year. They launched their flower and garden stand during the pandemic on May 1, 2020, on Center Road just north of the Hogsback.
“We have loved the opportunity to help you make your homes and lives more beautiful,” they said. “Thank you so much for supporting us. While we won’t be operating like we have in the past, we still have so much growing to do here at the farm. This is not goodbye, my friends! Stay tuned as we’ll post more updates along the way.”
They are still accepting orders for delivery of bulk products, including mulch, compost, soil and more. Call their landscaping business, Oliver & Co., at (231) 233-8836.
A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper. Because the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the OMP. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb