Browsing All Posts filed under »Farms of Antrim County«

Sap’s Up!

April 4, 2014


Bruce Bigelow likes to have something to do.  When he was just a young sprout he used to help his aunt and uncle make maple syrup.  He loves maple syrup.  He looked around at all the maples in his yard and thought to himself, I am going to tap some trees and make some maple syrup.  […]

Daugherty Johnson’s Blue Period

February 13, 2014


I am waiting for Jerry Bingham to arrive with his big rig and heavy duty equipment to thaw out my frozen water line. It will be awhile. I am not his only customer in this fix. Fortunately I have eight gallons of drinking water, six entertaining books, and quantities of excellent treats. I made an […]

Hud Drenth’s Dream Team

January 5, 2014


This post has been waiting to be finished since March of 2013. It began, as good ideas so often do, with a wonderful photo by Babs Young. Those are Belgian draft horses, bred for strength (and also, I’m inclined to think, character).  Good horses have played an important role Around Here for at least 150 years.  […]

Real cider up on the third ridge

October 21, 2012


I was over at King Orchards buying more apples when John King told me the news. They were getting a cider operation going again. Now this is really news, because they used to make cider—and very successfully too—but decided if they were going to work that hard they might as well just go ahead and […]

Glory be

October 5, 2012


Miss Sadie, the Cowboy and I had pressing business in Charlevoix today. Nevertheless, we made a detour along the ribbon road to the top of the second ridge, parked the car next to the centennial barn, and fled into the afternoon.

Never too many apples

October 1, 2012


I've been holding out on you. I know you've been worried, what with the failure of the cherry crop—and the peaches and the apricots and the hay and the honey—that we'd be wasting away Around Here.