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2014 CSA Sign-up is now open. Get more information here

See what our CSA members have to say about their experience.

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“The average food item on a U.S. grocery shelf has traveled farther than most families go on their annual vacations.”

Barbara Kingsolver


"The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison."

Ann Wigmore


If you have a connection with the farm, if you’ve actually walked on the soil of the farm, it nourishes your soul.

Nigel Walker


When it becomes a revolutionary act to eat real food, we are in trouble.

Mark Hyman


"Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to it's liberty and interests by the most lasting bands."

Thomas Jefferson
August 23, 1785


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WELCOME TO CHIMNEY CREEK FARM

We are a small family farm located in northeast Kent County, just 20 miles from downtown Grand Rapids.

Unlike the modern corporate factory farms so prevalent today, Chimney Creek Farm is a throwback to past times when a farmer raised a wide variety of animals, poultry, and vegetables and sold everything in his nearby town.

Our passion is to raise the freshest healthiest vegetables, eggs, poultry, and pork we can and bring them directly to you with no middleman. Your food from a farmer you can put a face to and trust.

Natural, sustainable, and local aren't buzz words we use to market our vegetables and meat. It's how we live and operate the farm every day.

We hope you take a minute to check out our website and see if our values are a good fit for how you want to eat. Our vegetables are available through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program: CSA Information

Update - 2014 CSA share signup is open. Please use the links in the upper left hand navigation bar on any page of the website for more information and to sign up. Be sure and check out our brand new Premium Share Add-on. Fruits, jams & jellies, flowers, maple syrup, honey, and more.

Please don't hesitate to call, email, or stop out for a visit to the farm if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Your Farmers
Deane & Linda Brengle



THE LATEST BLOG POSTS

Turkeys, Chickens, and Pigs – Oh MY!

It’s that time of year again. We are accepting pre-order deposits for our turkeys, chickens, and pigs.

It’s first come first serve, so get a deposit down now on your real farm raised meat by a farmer you put a face to and call your own.

Questions? Call or text farmer Deane at 616-862-2973 or shoot him an email to arrange a visit to the farm to see how we raise your food.

Fresh Thanksgiving Turkeys

Fresh (not frozen) Thanksgiving turkeys are available again this year from Chimney Creek Farm.

We raise them here on the farm from day old poults (that’s farmer talk for baby turkey). After they get their feathers (about 3 weeks) we turn them out on pasture 24/7 where they will spend their time pecking and scratching at the dirt, grass, clover, and bugs.

Our turkeys are broad breasted whites (the same breed as the grocery store). But the similarity ends there! Our turkeys are raised without growth hormones, steroids, or antibiotics. We treat them humanely and with respect. They are processed here on the farm and we don’t rinse them in bleach or pump them full of salt water to add weight.

A fresh, local turkey raised right by a farmer you can put a face to. An all natural great tasting turkey you will be proud to serve your family.

We ask for a commitment of a $20 deposit (non refundable) to raise a Thanksgiving turkey for you. Turkeys usually range from 16-20 lbs and cost $3.95 lb. and are available for pick up at the farm the day before Thanksgiving. Availability is limited.

Questions – call/text farmer Deane at 616-862-2973 or shoot him an email

Paying by check – Make your check out to and send to:

Chimney Creek Farm
12101 7 Mile Rd NE
Belding MI 48809

Paying by Credit Card, Debit Card, or PayPal

All credit card payments are handled by a secure server at PayPal. Debit cards are accepted if they have a Visa or MasterCard logo. You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay by credit card or debit card.



Chickens

We raise our chickens here on the farm the same way we raiser our turkeys, from day old chicks. After they get their feathers (about 3 weeks) we turn them out on pasture 24/7 where they will spend their time pecking and scratching at the dirt, grass, clover, and bugs.

Our chickens are Cornish Cross (the same breed as the grocery store), but the similarity ends there! Our chickens are raised without growth hormones, steroids, or antibiotics. We treat them humanely and with respect. They are processed here on the farm and we don’t pump them full of salt water or rinse them in bleach water.

Fresh, local chicken raised right by a farmer you can put a face to. An all natural great tasting chicken you will be proud to serve your family.

We ask for a commitment of a $5 deposit (non refundable) for each chicken we raise for you. Chickens usually range from 4.5 to 5.5 lbs and cost $3.49 lb. and are frozen whole. Availability is limited. Delivery of 5 or more chickens is free. Pickup at the farm if free for any quantity. Chickens are available after August 1st this year.

Questions – call/text farmer Deane at 616-862-2973 or shoot him an email

Paying by check – Make your check out to and send to:

Chimney Creek Farm
12101 7 Mile Rd NE
Belding MI 48809

Paying by Credit Card, Debit Card, or PayPal

All credit card payments are handled by a secure server at PayPal. Debit cards are accepted if they have a Visa or MasterCard logo. You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay by credit card or debit card.

Quantity


Woodlot Pork

Our pigs are raised on our forested woodlot and eat grass, acorns, and whatever else they can root out. Their diet is supplemented with locally grown and milled grains along
with our garden and orchard extras.

The pigs are of a mix of heritage breeds (usually Berkshire, Yorkshire, and Duroc) and are raised by us without growth hormones, steroids, or antibiotics. We treat them humanely and with respect.

Our pigs are processed at a USDA inspected facility that is certified organic. All cures, smoking, and sausage making are natural (no MSG or nitrates) and use organic ingredients. All cuts are vacuum sealed, frozen, and labeled. Pork will store in your freezer at 0 degrees for up to one year.

Fresh, local pork raised right by a farmer you can put a face to. All natural, great tasting pork you will be proud to serve your family.

This year pork is available by the 1/4 or 1/2 pig. All costs of raising your pig, processing, and delivery to you are included in the prices below. No hidden costs. Both the 1/4 & 1/2 pig include all the cuts of meat from a pig – from bacon and sausage to ribs and pork chops to bratwurst and ham.

1/2 pig equals approximately 80 pounds of meat (all cuts included). Total cost is $300
(which works out to about $3.75 per pound).

1/4 pig equals approximately 40 pounds of meat (all cuts included). Total cost is $175
(which works out to about $4.37 per pound).

We ask for a $50 deposit (non refundable) to raise a pig (1/4 or 1/2) for you. Delivery from the butcher is expected in November and final payment is due on delivery.

Questions – call/text farmer Deane at 616-862-2973 or shoot him an email

Paying by check – Make your check out to and send to:

Chimney Creek Farm
12101 7 Mile Rd NE
Belding MI 48809

Paying by Credit Card, Debit Card, or PayPal

All credit card payments are handled by a secure server at PayPal. Debit cards are accepted if they have a Visa or MasterCard logo. You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay by credit card or debit card.

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Winter is a time for reflection, planning, repair, and preparation here on the farm. In that mindset, we are stepping up and showing our support for like minded organizations that we believe in.

This week we became members of Slow Food West Michigan. In case you haven’t heard of the organization here is a little bit about them (from their website): “Slow Food West Michigan is the West Michigan chapter of Slow Food, a non-profit, member-supported organization founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life. We stand against the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.”

Please take a moment to check out their website and see what is going on: www.slowfoodwestmichigan.org/

Raw Milk Share

Linda and I have just started drinking raw milk after purchasing a milk share from a local farmer. We get 2 gallons a week from some of the cutest, friendliest, and cleanest cows we have ever seen (pic below).

It is really neat seeing the cream rising to the top of each half gallon container. Linda has plans to make butter, yogurt, cheese, sour cream, and milk kefir.

Our dairy farmer, Jon, (yes the CSA farmers have their very own dairy farmer) has just a few cows. We go every Saturday morning and pick up our milk. Jon and his wife Katie have a great farming set up just southwest of Greenville. I must confess to some green eye envy for his tractor.

Jon has more milk shares available soon. Please give him a call at 616-283-5237 or drop him an email at jmtkmt11@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Here’s a link to more information about raw milk: realmilk.com


Anna Belle is curious.


See the cream/milk line just at the top of the Ball logo? Click on the picture and it will load a bigger picture with more detail so it’s easier to see.

The Seeds Are Here

Right on schedule the last of our seed orders have arrived.

It’s always a bit nerve racking waiting for all the orders to arrive. You can never tell what will be out of stock and back ordered, or worse yet totally sold out for the season. And since we don’t allow substitutions (don’t want to get treated seeds or a variety we don’t like) we would be forced to order from another source which is always iffy this late. I know, most of you wouldn’t consider this late to order seeds, but when your livelihood depends on getting the seeds you want (at the price you want) this is late to reorder. But enough of the potential woes of a CSA farmer.

So you might wonder – how many seeds does it take to grow vegetables for 100 families for the season? A lot! And that’s not all of them – the picture below doesn’t include the seeds we save from the open pollinated and heirloom varieties that we grow every year.

2013 vegetable seeds

2013 CSA information and sign up is now available.

2013 CSA information and sign up is available.

The next 20 to sign up will receive a free copy of the CSA cookbook, From Asparagus to Zucchini – A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh, Seasonal Produce. Sign up soon to get this great resource.


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