Flint Ingredient Company started four years ago with the purchase of 9.75 acres of vacant County Land Bank property. We started selling our produce at the Flint Farmers Market a year round market. Flint Ingredient Company began with a flock of 20 chickens, 6 sheep and vegetable production in a 48 ft hoophouse. We now focus primarily on vegetable production in four hoophouses and outdoor fields producing product year round on 1.5 acres. Franklin Pleasant and Erin Caudell are the primary operators with several part-time staff joining during peak season. In December of 2015, we opened a Michigan focused grocery store named The Local Grocer where we stock our produce. Later this summer will add a mobile vegetable market (with other community partners) to bring fresh local produce into the neighborhoods of Flint.
Our farm began over 50 years ago when my great-grandparents settled in Clinton, NY from Poland. Over the years our family farm has transitioned from a roadside stand, selling sweetcorn with only a little pail for customers to pay using “the honor system”, to a fruit and vegetable farm with a brick and mortar farm market open seven days a week during the growing season. We grow our crops and sell directly to the customer. Our farm is approximately 125 acres and we grow a variety of crops including asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, sweet peas, beans, sweet corn, pumpkins and more. This farm has stood the test of time and has changed a lot over the years. I know we need to find forward thinking ways of keeping the farm alive for years to come. I learned from my ancestors the art of growing crops and fixing machinery, but the most valuable lesson I have learned is a love of the land. Farming is in my blood and I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life or raising my family anywhere else.
It is a 20 acre produce farm. We have chickens and goats and serve our local farmers markets. we have been through the ups and downs of farming. with our first farm that we had we spent a lot of money and effort only to have family take the farm property away. many of our competators told us that we would never come back from this and that we should give up but we did not listen to them. we listened not only to our hearts ,but to our customers who begged us to come back. in 2013 we bought our current farm which needs a ton of TLC. we tried to save the historic barn that was on the property but we had to tear it down and will have to rebuild it
Oxbow Farm is a family farm, owned and operated by first generation farmers, Tim and Noelia Springston. We currently grow on approximately 2.5 acres with the potential to expand our field production to 15 acres. Our produce is grown without the use of any chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides and we sell directly to our local community through a year-round farmers’ market in Ithaca, NY.