Farm Timeline - See what goes on all year!

Checking Honeybee Colonies

 Checking Honeybee Colonies
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Vineyard Pruning

Around Easter is when we prune the vines.
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Spring Inspection of honeybees

Spring Inspection of honeybees
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Installing Package Bees

During mid-April to mid-May is when we install package bees.      
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Swarm Season

  Swarm Season
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Honey Supers Added to Bee Colonies

Honey Supers Added to Bee Colonies
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Mid June to Mid August Summer Disease Control

Cultivating, weeds & disease control, fertilizing
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Starting Comb Honey Harvest

Starting Comb Honey Harvest
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Bird Protection Starts in the Vineyard

Bird Protection Starts in the Vineyard
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Week 1 of 6 Vineyard Open

Week 1 of 6 Around Labor Day each year is when we start picking grapes and our Annual Wholesale Honey Sale starts
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Week 2 of 6 Vineyard Open

Week 2 of 6 Vineyard Open More grapes ripe
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THE MORE YOU PURCHASE, THE CHEAPER IT IS!

THE MORE HONEY YOU PURCHASETHE CHEAPER IT IS! 
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Week 3 of 6 Vineyard Open

Week 3 of 6 Vineyard Open
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Week 4 of 6 Vineyard Open

Week 4 of 6 Vineyard Open
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Honey Sale Ending Soon

Honey Sale Ending Soon Pick up you Quarts, Gallons & Pails Now!
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Week 5 of 6 Vineyard Open

Week 5 of 6 Vineyard Open
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Week 6 of 6 Vineyard Open

Week 6 of 6 Vineyard Open THIS MAY BE THE LAST WEEKEND OPEN! We Still have Concord left - Better get it now!
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Optional Extra Week Open

Optional Extra Week Open SOMETIMES WE ARE OPEN AN EXTRA WEEK IF THE CROP CONDITION ARE GOOD.
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Finishing the Honeybee Harvest and Winterizing

Finishing the Honeybee Harvest
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Cleanup in the Vineyard

Cleanup in the Vineyard
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Preparing for Holiday Candle Sales

Preparing for Holiday Candle Sales
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Christmas Season Begins

Christmas Season Begins Lots of great pricing on shipping, free Christmas Tree Decorations and more.
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Watch the SlideShow below to see typical activities in September

 
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We do not have a fancy parking lot, people just park on the side of the drive.

Please do not block the drive and watch for children

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Many groups of people come out to visit us in the fall. We do not offer tours, but people bring friends, have picnics and fun.

We only specialize in three kinds of products, Grapes, Honey and Beeswax Candles.

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All the rows have a sign and row number on the end to identify them.

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After picking up information from our sale stand it is time to head out into the vineyard. Some people wander all over the place and some go right to the rows they want and get to work.

You pick the grapes in the vineyard and then bring them to the sales stand to get them weighed and check out.

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Some customers like to bring home a large sampling of table grapes.

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Some winemakers are very sophisticated and use a refractometer to measure the sugar levels for winemaking. Most people ask us which are ripe and then taste them themselves.

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We always say, taste them first & if you don't like them, don't pick them.

We no longer have frozen winemaking juice available, however we do have a stemmer-crusher facility ready for you to use and mesh strainer bags available. You can pick and pay for your grapes and then use our crusher-destemmer to crush (not press) your grapes.

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Make sure you bring enough pails to bring your must home in. A 5 gallon pail will almost hold about a 40 lb bushel of crushed grapes.

Our customers will bring all sorts of bushels, baskets, plastic lug, pails, garbage cans (clean) to pick their grapes into and load in their vehicles.

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Make sure they are not too heavy to carry when filled (large 30+ gallon containers can hold hundreds of pounds of grapes) since you must be able to bring them to and lift them on the scale at our stand to be weighed.

No - We do not sell wine! However since most of our customers are home winemakers we always appreciate it when they bring in samples of their craft for us to taste.

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All of these wines are from grapes grown in our vineyard and processed by homewinemakers. Join us in this exciting and fruitful craft.

A few years ago we stopped using our Bulk Tank, due to leaks and insects.

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Now when our Sales Stand is open in the fall, our quarts, gallons and pails are sold wholesale to the public.

Customers can pick up their honey on any Friday, Saturday or Sunday in September to Mid-October.

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The price on quarts and gallons decreases when you purchase many at a time.

Our honey comes from clovers, starthistle and wildflower blossoms in the Southeast Michigan area.

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We set up an observation hive every year. You can safely watch the honeybees at work. Try to find the queen!

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Some people have asked us if this hive produces all the honey. This is just a very small miniature hive that is just for viewing.

Click here for more beekeeping pictures.

We sell hundreds of styles of pure beeswax candles. This picture show just a few of the tapers we have available. We usually have our tapers, some votives, tea lites and a few popular sizes of pillars at our small sales stand.

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Please go to our on line Candleshop to see everything available. If you want to order something just email us and we will make sure it is made and ready for you to pick up when you come out for grapes and honey.

You can also order on line and we will ship it directly to you. See you at the Farm!