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Two new farmers come to Market

The Market welcomes two new farms this Saturday.

Good Neighbor Farm of Ann Arbor follows organic practices, uses a minimal-tillage approach to the land neigh-till.pngand is a certified Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) farm. 

Farmers Caroline Wright and Seth Schmiedeknecht call the farm “our labor of love.” 

The two met in 2015 while working with an agriculture non-profit focused on healthy food access and education in Wheeling, WV. Since then, Caroline has worked on small-scale organic farms while Seth started his own farm in West Michigan, where he grew and sold organic produce. 

They started Good Neighbor Farm in Ann Arbor in the winter of 2021, renting land and high tunnels from property owned by Ann Arbor Township. 

“We are eager and excited to cultivate our love for farming and sharing the gift of organic produce with the community,” they say on their website.

Joining us from the other end of the farm spectrum is Kapolnek Farms of Carleton, about 50 miles kap-farms.jpegsouth of Farmington. The Kapolnek family sells beef – USDA Quality farm-fresh beef and also pork products. They offer frozen beef bundles, individual cuts and specials available for pick-up at farmers markets and offseason at the farm.

The family has been raising premium quality Angus and Angus-influenced beef cattle for almost 20 years and has won ribbons for its cattle at county and state levels in Michigan and Ohio.

The farm’s website credits its feeding approach for the meat’s quality. The feed is a combination of “exceptional quality grass, hay, and grain.” As the family promises on its website: “You’ve never tasted beef quite like this!”

Please welcome both to the Market this Saturday.