Denim making the rounds
Denim making the rounds
It’s the second week of January and for the first time in forever, I cooked a real meal and ate while sitting down, read a few pages of a book with my feet in front of the fire, and slept for ten whole hours until Denim the dog urged me out of bed. Yes, just like our fruit trees, I am luxuriating in some long-overdue R&R with the slower winter pace of the farm. But as tempting as it is to be curled by the fire all day, the farm doesn’t ever really sleep. Soon Denim and I are making our more...
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Janice Benson
 
Emma Grace helping her Grandma
Emma Grace helping her Grandma
Like many of you, this time of year finds me going into the final “acts”of the season, after having completed winter pruning, spring planting and summer harvesting with multiple intermissions of weather woes. For others, perhaps, you are just gearing up for the busy fall season. The actors and scenes remain much the same year to year: delighted customers who picked cherries leaving with juice on their faces, donut fans willing to stand in line to get them while they’re hot, families bringing their children to pick strawberries because that’s what they did when they were children. This year, there is a new young actress—my 19-month-old granddaughter, Emma more...
Posted on Friday, August 12, 2016 by Janice Benson
 
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Last night, on a bike ride on the outskirts of town, my husband and I came upon a small covered wagon along the roadway. We were intrigued and ventured over to see what was inside. It turned out to be a small roadside farm stand that was sheltering a basket of freshly picked cucumbers, zucchini and a large vase of sunflowers. Never able to resist the bounty of the season, I put money in the cash box and filled my backpack with a handful of produce and the biggest, happiest looking sunflower of the bunch. On the same property, there was a newly-constructed wooden more...
Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 by Janice Benson
 
Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm
Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm
Spring is here and as we celebrate this new season of rejuvenation, we also want to welcome you to our new website! It’s an exciting time for us, as we have an attractive new “home” to share all sorts of news about agritourism in Michigan.  For those who are new to us, we are a non-profit association with a goal of keeping family farms sustainable, supporting local economic growth, and providing rich and unique experiences for visitors to make lasting memories. Michigan is an amazing place and we are proud of our agricultural roots. Most people don’t realize the diversity of agricultural products more...
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016 by Janice Benson