Both Paul and Kerrie grew up with home gardens and continued that tradition after they married. While stationed in Hawaii and Virginia, the gardens were constricted by available space. After serving 21 years in the Marine Corps, Paul, Kerrie and their daughters Hannah and Wren decided to make Northern Michigan their new home.
We purchased two and a half acres in Harbor Springs and, no longer restricted by lack of space, started planting a much larger garden. The garden kept growing and in the summer of 2005, we started bringing produce to the Harbor Springs Farmers Market, which at that time was located in the park at the top of Ottawa Stadium. It was a family affair; we all worked in the garden, harvested together and set up market.
The Harbor Springs Market moved downtown in 2010. To support a more vibrant market, the garden expanded again... this time through the generosity of our neighbors who allowed us to cultivate their field adjacent to our property.
The farmers market slowly evolved from being a hobby to a business, particularly with the addition of homemade pasta and pesto in 2011. With no real plan in place, we struggled to find a balance between the pasta business, the growing farm, and our full time jobs.
While the family business continued to grow, the family continued to grow up. Hannah graduated from college in May 2017, and Wren graduated from Grand Valley State University in December 2019.
In an unexpected turn of events, we moved from what we all thought was our forever home to a 20 acre farm in Cross Village. We saw so much potential to finally support the business in all of its expansions while properly sustaining the land. So we find ourselves in 2019, with a new farm, a plethora of exciting new ideas, and the continuing challenge of how to juggle everything while maintaining the high quality of our products and our commitment to our customers. We look forward to sharing this new chapter with our friends, new and old.