Be a part of our journey as we develop our property into an organic, biodiverse microfarm. We are in the process of prepping the field and renovating the mature fruit and nut trees found at Goldberry Woods. Depending on the season, you may find cherries, peaches, apples, and pears along side a crop of chestnuts! You are welcome to pick anything you would like to eat out of hand.
Each year we will work towards our goal of producing a little of everything that can be grown in Michigan, while ultilizing organic farming methods. We are in the process of planting as many berries as we can think of: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, aronia, juneberries, gooseberries, grapes, currants, buck seathorn, and goji berries. Many of these tart berries will be juiced and made into jellies or apple and grape juice blends. We also hope to add Asian pears, apple trees, pear trees, paw paws, persimmons, figs, apricots, filberts, almonds, and walnuts to our orchards!
We hope to introduce our guests to many different vegetables in a way that is familiar enough to not be intimidating. A bit of parsnip added to hash browns makes them slightly sweeter, but does not change the fact that you are indulging in hashbrowns for breakfast! Fiddleheads from the woods only tad bit different than asparagus, while pumpkin pancakes in the fall as you are watching the leaves turn only seems proper! You get the idea…we will expand your palate in creative, delicious ways.
A greenhouse is also in our plans. We are looking for alternative energy sources to heat it and are hoping to have a steady supply of fresh vegetables all winter long.
It is our intention to produce two different sweeteners for The Inn. We will have an apiary (beekeeping) and potentially a sugar shack for maple syrup. We plan to add many native and beneficial plants to our landscape in order to support as many birds, bees, and butterflies as possible.
Our 28 acres contain many different eco-systems. As you meander throughout Goldberry Woods, you will find the Galien River, wetlands, dense woods, prairies, shade gardens, fruit and nut orchards, and vegetable fields.
We preserve the harvest by freezing, root cellaring, drying and canning large quantities of produce.
We are happy to give farm tours and share our plans for the future of Goldberry Woods to anyone who is interested. Please don’t hesitate to ask. We would love to share our dreams!