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.
We have what you want for dinner! Fresh from the field chickens, turkeys and pigs. Our canning kitchen churns out salsa, soups, jams and pie fillings. With one stop, we can get you from appetizers through dessert! My wife and I have three part time employees and produce over 15 tons of edible product per year. I am sure we have enough for your next big dinner! --- Products from our farm: Chicken & Turkey, cut up any way you like. Vacuum sealed; sous vide ready! Eggs: lots from truly free range birds. Pork: Our USDA butcher never uses nitrates! All organic sausage seasonings. Canned items: Over 37 different products all made right here on the farm. Any ingredients we don't grow here are sourced from local farms and orchards.
CJEJ Farm sits on 90 acres, 7 acres of pasture with 10 acres being converted to pasture and most of the rest in woods. We have 30 head of mostly Hereford beef cattle, 5 sows that we A.I. to farrow twice a year, 4 Percheron horses, 100 laying hens, while we raise 100 turkeys for Thanksgiving and 500 broilers throughout the summer. The farm rents close to 300 acres across the county for forage and grain crops along with two different barns to house the animals during the winter. If anyone knows us, they know that we are all about family – hence the farm name CJEJ, Chris, Joyce, Earl, and Jacob. Chris (AS in Dairy Management) and I (AS in Animal Science) have raised two sons on our family farm since we started it in 2000. They have always been an integral part of the farm and would like to contribute to the growth. Earl is currently working on his DVM focusing on large animals. He has an AS in Animal Science and a BS in Livestock Management, while his wife has a BS in Animal Science. Jacob has a BT in Agriculture Power and Machinery, while his fiancé has a BT in Agriculture Business. Both of the couples add to the farm by owning a few beef cattle and some goats. During the summer we hire 2 part-time employees. Community involvement is very important to us. We are involved with 4-H, FFA, Farm Bureau, school board, town conservation committee, and our church. The surrounding towns have us do horse drawn hay rides for different events throughout the year. The farm hosts the 5th grade county Conservation Day along with a spring Cabin Fever Reliever Day, where we have free events for kids and set up a farm animal petting area.
Free Reign Farm raises chickens, duck, and turkey from hatch to finish. We are one of the few farms in the country to have added a hatchery on site for our pastured poultry operation. We hatch for ourselves and other small farms in the area with a capacity of 1500 birds per month. We raise out, finish, and market over 1000 birds per year on our combination leased/owned acreage of 20 acres. Our poultry is raised on Non-GMO feed, fresh pasture, and is never fed any chemicals or antibiotics. Our operation is completely family owned/operated by our family of five.