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.
Sheepscot General Store & Farm is situated on 56 acres of open fields in the Sheepscot River Valley. The enterprise consists of a general store, cafe, farm, and community space. Our store carries goods from many local producers. What started with Taryn and Ben leasing the farm five years ago has grown into a successful business made up of ten employees. We are now paying the mortgage and taking our business in new directions. Currently we grow three acres of strawberries, three acres of mixed produce, a couple acres of apple trees, co-manage a sugar bush, cut about 60 acres of hay, and graze some of the neighbors' sheep and dairy cows. The store is open six days a week year around.
Black Pearl Creamery is a small sheep dairy located in Trumansburg, NY and owned and operated by Lauren and Kevin McKinzey, and their 2 children. We raise our flock of East Friesian sheep with great care and affection to ensure the health and happiness of our animals and their production of fresh, high quality milk. Our flock is 100% grass-fed on pasture and hay. Our ewes are milked seasonally, only when they are on pasture, to produce a rich, creamy milk, which we process by hand in small batches into whole milk yogurt sold in glass jars.
Hooves and Hounds Farm is just over 5 acres. Located in Southern Maine. Our farm is located minutes from town and worlds away. Our farm is Managed by husband and wife and our team of draft horses. When you pull off the dirt road on to the farm we hope it is clear that 'these are our horses , we are their farmers".