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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Northern Farm - Farm stands on the side of the road

I had to drive up to Almont, MI this weekend to pick up my son from band camp.  Every year I like to stop at Northern Farms, and their road side stand.   Northern Farms is located on the West side of Van Dyke, just South of 35 Mile Road.  If you are in the area, stop by and see what they have that day.  I really like to buy produce directly from the farmer, and the best part  is that you can actually watch the produce being picked and brought into the tent.  .

Corn and squash surround the lot, and the sweet corn is awesome here, and they are not ashamed to tell you!
They also had an abundance of zucchini, yellow squash, blueberries and hot peppers.  All of their produce looks fantastic, and this stand had a card reader if you only have a credit card.

I picked up more than just corn, I bought a large head of cauliflower, green peppers, a bunch of sweet banana peppers, a few heads of garlic, the sweetest Michigan peaches, and 2 pints of tomatoes - the "seconds," which only had small blemishes at the very top, where the stem meets the fruit.  This is common and in no way detracts from the flavor, but some people only buy pretty, so the "seconds" are extremely discounted.  All this, and I still received change from a $20.

The cauliflower will be frozen; the corn roasted and frozen; the tomatoes, peppers, and garlic will be made into Pepper Steak soup; and the peaches have already been eaten!

Support your local farmers, stop by these stands and see what's for sale. You can save lots of money, and you keep the local economy booming.

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