Located 1/2 way between Petoskey and Traverse City, 1 mile off of US 31 at Eastport (See green pin on the map at bottom of the page), we are thrilled to provide garden shares to CSA members from Traverse City to Harbor Springs with a wide variety of certified organic vegetables and strawberries grown on over 20 acres of beautiful ground in Northern Michigan. We offer 15 dedicated years of experience providing our CSA members (those who purchase a weekly "share" of our garden's offerings) with an excellent variety of fresh, flavorful and nutritious produce! All brand-new 18-24 week garden share members receive the CSA cookbook: From Asparagus to Zucchini to help make the most of your yummy vegetables! Any CSA related questions? Click here. You can also watch a 2.5 minute sweet "Happy Spring!" video about our farm.
Providence Organic Farm is owned and operated by Ryan and Andrea Romeyn. After completing a comprehensive, hands-on sustainable agriculture college program in North Carolina, Ryan has been farming and operating a CSA since 2002, continuing his education over the past 14 years in a variety of hands-on, real life experimentation, on-going research, and yearly agriculture conferences to learn from intensive seminars in many areas of agriculture, from plant & soil biology to food safety.
Ryan and I are committed to enriching the LIVING soil on our farm. We are known for unusually delicious vegetables, regardless of variety, because of this. Optimal growing conditions means less pests and disease pressure as well. We use organic soil amendments and pest control, crop rotation and cover cropping. We annually test our soils using and amend according to recommendations from a biologically-based company. Compost is our primary ingredient, with attention being paid to trace minerals. Ongoing education is a priority as our collective (organic / sustainable farming community) knowledge increases. Our organic certifying agent is Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, also known as OEFFA.
Before you read on, you may be wondering if... our CSA delivers to your area? Click here for an interactive map or you can read that...besides veggie pick-up at our farm on Tuesdays and Fridays, we do deliver to East Jordan (Tue.), Petoskey (Tue.), Bellaire (Wed.), Beaver Island (Thur.), Charlevoix (Thur.), Gaylord (Thur.), Elk Rapids (Fri.), Boyne City (Wed. & Sat.), and Traverse City (Wed. & Sat.). We also deliver to two area hospitals and a private business. If your town or private business is not on here, we are open to new delivery sites as long as there is enough interest!
You also may be wondering if... we have any other items for sale besides vegetables & strawberries? YES! We grow delicious pastured pork, beef (the highly esteemed Belted Galloway) and lamb (Katahdin). Our animals are carefully rotated on certified organic pasture and fed certified organic hay when needed, drinking refreshing water from our 230 ft. deep well, and having access to a mineral block with selenium. We do NOT finish our animals with grain. All who are interested in 1/4 of beef or a lamb must email us to be put on a waiting list. Click here if you'd like to see a peaceful Winter scene of our Belted Galloway and Katahdin sheep together!
Our pastured pork (Duroc, Hampshire & Yorkshire & Idaho Pasture Pigs), well-known for it's superior quality and extraordinary taste, is sold by the side and it's usually all spoken for by early Summer, so please get your deposit in ASAP to avoid any disappointment. Our pork is given a steady diet of pasture grasses, organic vegetable scraps, and non-GMO soy and corn from our local Send Brothers farm.
In addition to this, we support our local farmers by offering pastured poultry from the Cook Family Farm and certified organic blueberries from Pleasant Hill farm every year for our farm market customers and CSA members. You do not have to be a vegetable CSA shareholder to order our other products.
Pictured here is one happy CSA member is showing us just part of his share one day in
October. Members brought home two different varieties (their choice) winter squash,
leeks, sweet onions, carrots, potatoes, a jack-0-lantern, pie pumpkin, melon, rainbow chard and lettuce mix.
Our 24 week vegetable CSA program provides over 200 varieties of in-season vegetables in quantities of about 5 pounds the first week to over 20 pounds by late summer. For an idea of what will be in your box on any given week, click on "Newsletter Archives". Each weekly newsletter lists what is in your share and includes recipes.
Shareholders can choose between a half share for 1-2 people, a small sized-share appropriate for two to four people depending on vegetable use. (Sometimes couples will share a small share) or a large sized share for 5-8 people to share. For an idea of what is in a share at different times during the season, click on "shares" to the left.
We have already begun collecting CSA memberships for 2017. Your timely deposit not only reserves your spot but literally enables us to purchase the seeds, tools and labor we need in the spring.
Simply click on "Sign-up for 2017 CSA" to register online with at least 1/3 down to save your spot! If you'd rather have us sign you up, please email us your name, most used phone numbers, share size, delivery site, amount of weeks desired, and address to get started!
Building our home and business in this area of northern Michigan has been a tremendous blessing. We get to get our hands into our good farm soil, meet simply wonderful neighbors and shareholders, and play in Torch or Lake Michigan when it gets too hot!
Thanks for visiting our website,
Ryan and Andrea