Our Story

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Our Story

Pregitzer Farm Market

farm market standPregitzer Farm Market started as a roadside stand in 1996.

In 2003 we moved a quarter mile to a horse farm, which was promptly turned into a produce farm!

We broadened our vision in 2005 with a focus on farm entertainment and education. This generated phenomenal growth resulting in Wade's dream of farming for a living becoming a tangible goal.

In 2007 we started our CSA program with 10 shares. The following year our CSA grew to 40 shares. We also had one of our greenhouses operating and started to grow flowers and some of our own vegetable plants. Business continued to grow at our farm stand and at farm markets. In the fall Wade was able to quit his offsite job and work full time on the farm.

With three finished greenhouses, we were able to start all of our own plants in 2009. We also attended three farm markets weekly. A couple beef cows were added to the farm and we also had poultry and eggs to sell. Our CSA grew to 106 families!

In 2011 we had 120 CSA shares with delivery in Ann Arbor, Jackson, Chelsea, and Stockbridge along with a farm pickup. We add an egg share and continued to sell poultry and eggs at our stand and farm markets. We bought more cattle due to the demand. Our greenhouses produced more than 80,000 vegetable and flower plants.

In 2012, the drought year we held at 120 shares and extended pickup two weeks due to the bountiful harvest that came on after many day of watering crops. We built another greenhouse for plant production, maintained cattle and chickens, and participated in 4 farmers markets a week. Overall, we had a good supply of produce in adverse growing conditions.

In 2013 our goal was to expand our CSA, strive to provide high quality produce for our CSA and to encourage communities of people to eat healthy, locally grown items from our farm. We continued those goals in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and will hold to them in 2017. We try to grow the best quality vegetable and flower plants the seed companies have to offer.

We look forward to serving you in 2017.

Our Farming Methods

 

Special priority is given to the health of our soil and produce.  Our veggies are always fresh from the field, thus retaining more nutrients and unbeatable flavor.

We use conventional tillage with the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  IPM  is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

Most plants are grown in plastic culture to control weeds, warm the ground, and preserve moisture. Rye and clover are used for mulch and filter strips, which naturally increase soil fertility.  We are now trying no-till and zone-till to benefit the soil and reduce labor and fuel.  

We take pride in offering healthy, wholesome produce of exceptional quality while being responsible for our environment.