Fox Trail Farm

Fox Trail Farm Fox Trail Farm was established in 2004. Situated on 25 acres of rolling farmland in Noble County Indiana, the farm has been under development as a model of small scale sustainable farming.

The property was originally owned by the current family's great, great, grandfather and was part of his original homestead. The farm features an heirloom apple orchard, 2 1/2 acre stocked pond maintained for natural aquaculture, organic hay operation, vegetable, herb and flower gardens, various fruits and berries and a small apiary, all using natural and sustainable production methods in harmony with nature. The farm also features the use of renewable energy including wind and solar power.

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Fox Trail Farm is under new ownership as of June 25, 2021. We will keep this page active as an archive of the past activ...
07/13/2021

Fox Trail Farm is under new ownership as of June 25, 2021. We will keep this page active as an archive of the past activities at the farm. Colleen and I thank everyone that was a part of the Fox Trail Farm adventure for the past decade. We met so many great people and learned and experienced so much. We are grateful to have had the opportunity and for each and every person that contributed to or supported our efforts at growing healthy organic food for our community.

Fox Trail Farm is under new ownership as of June 25, 2021. We will keep this page active as an archive of the past activities at the farm. Colleen and I thank everyone that was a part of the Fox Trail Farm adventure for the past decade. We met so many great people and learned and experienced so much. We are grateful to have had the opportunity and for each and every person that contributed to or supported our efforts at growing healthy organic food for our community.

01/28/2021
Congratulations Sam!
01/23/2021

Congratulations Sam!

01/06/2021
Clay Bottom Farm

Clay Bottom Farm

Here is how we transition beds in the winter greenhouse, using @hossgardentools fixed blade sweeps. This spinach was cut four times and the bed will be transplanted with kale later today. We applied fresh leaf compost before spinach went in—there is plenty of nutrition for another crop. Took about 30 minutes to clear one 5’ x 75’ bed.
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Philosophical note...As I get older I enjoy physical work more, not less, even though our culture degrades manual labor as something to avoid, or to move ‘up’ from. I believe in physical intelligence, and the smartest people I know grow food, or they build cabinets or clocks or houses with both their hands and their minds.
#microfarm #microfarming #microfarmer #marketgardening #wheelhoe #spinach #greenhousegrown #greenhousegardening #greenhouselife

Earth power: h**p batteries better than lithium and graphene – UKCSC
12/21/2020
Earth power: h**p batteries better than lithium and graphene – UKCSC

Earth power: h**p batteries better than lithium and graphene – UKCSC

By Barnaby De Hoedt Henry Ford’s Model T was famously made partly from h**p bioplastic and powered by h**p biofuel. Now, with battery-powered vehicles starting to replace those that use combustion engines, it has been found that h**p batteries perform eight times better than lithium-ion. Is there ...

12/01/2020
Dr. Karen Becker

Dr. Karen Becker

PLEASE DON’T GIVE RAWHIDES AS HOLIDAY GIFTS!!!!!!!!!!

Video by Rodney Habib

We Resist
11/11/2020

We Resist

Clay Bottom Farm
10/23/2020

Clay Bottom Farm

It’s best to farm, in my experience, with a golf cart nearby.

We have lots of Beautiful, baby Hawaiian ginger available now!!!  Hit me up to get some!
10/12/2020
11 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Ginger

We have lots of Beautiful, baby Hawaiian ginger available now!!! Hit me up to get some!

Ginger is anti-inflammatory, helps treat indigestion, and may protect against diseases such as diabetes. Discover more benefits here.

Collleen makes the best pure organic Elderberry Syrup. Get yours at The Farmacy in Albion.
08/10/2020

Collleen makes the best pure organic Elderberry Syrup.
Get yours at The Farmacy in Albion.

This is definitely the year of the elderberry.

At the start of the pandemic, toilet paper and pasta weren't the only products missing from stores. Elderberry syrup was (and remains) a hot commodity due to its increasingly well-known antiviral properties.

The Elder plant has a long history of use by humans, both in Eurasia (where it grows into a small tree and the native species is called Sambucus nigra, or Black Elderberry) and North America (where it grows into a large shrub or patch, due to its strong suckering nature, and the native species is called Sambucus nigra subsp. canadensis, or American Elderberry). The fruit are quite similar, but the European can get larger, and its flower flavor is very distinctive (and I quite prefer it for elderflower cordial syrup). Other Sambucus species, like Blue Elderberry, are used similarly.

Both the fruit and flowers are used medicinally for their anti-viral and anti-inflammatory effects. Studies have found products with elderberry can cut the length of a flu in half. Constituents in elderberries have even been shown to prevent HIV infection. Studies on coronavirus are incomplete, but the run on elderberry syrup is a strong sign that many are putting their faith in this tried and true herbal remedy in the face of a frightening new virus.

Words of warning:

1) While a few raw berries or a bit of raw juice shouldn't hurt you, the plant does contain toxic cyanogenic glycosides, which cause cyanide poisoning. Never eat the leaves, bark, or roots, and be sure to pick out any green berries or sticks and stems before you process the berries to make syrup or wine or anything else. Cooking destroys the glycosides, and fermenting seems to cut them way down at least (elderberry wine can be made from cooked or raw juice).

2) I've read that for maximum efficacy, you should really consume some form of elder at least three or four times per day, because the beneficial compounds are processed through the body in 3-6 hours.

I made about 40 ounces of elderberry syrup from the loaded 'Wyldewood 2' bush/patch in my backyard. Should last a couple months at the rate I'm consuming it!

#sambucusnigra #elderberry #wyldewood2

Farmworkers Are Among Those at Highest Risk for COVID-19, Studies Show
08/03/2020
Farmworkers Are Among Those at Highest Risk for COVID-19, Studies Show

Farmworkers Are Among Those at Highest Risk for COVID-19, Studies Show

Studies show agricultural workers are among those at highest risk of contracting COVID-19. In the fields, harvest crews work side-by-side cutting rows of vegetables, making it impossible to keep six feet apart. Housing is scarce and expensive, so multiple families often crowd into one small home.

Like we need another invasive pest.
07/29/2020

Like we need another invasive pest.

Two days ago I had my first encounter with a notorious villain, though it surely won't be my last. This dreaded scourge is Lycorma delicatula, the Spotted Lanternfly. While it may be strikingly beautiful, it is a voracious pest wreaking havoc on farms across southeastern Pennsylvania -- and it is on the march.

The lanternfly is a type of planthopper, a family of true bugs with thousands of species around the world. Most are not considered pests. In its native range in Asia, the Spotted Lanternfly is kept in check by nature. In places where it has been introduced, like Korea and the US Mid-Atlantic, it is a horrible pest. It's a sapsucker with specialized mouth parts to feed from both non-woody and woody parts of countless plants. It likes apples, maples, birches, walnuts, and especially grapes -- threatening a wide range of industries. Its preferred host plant is the invasive Ailanthus altissima, or Tree of Heaven, which unfortunately is common throughout our region.

The Lanternfly arrived less than a decade ago, and upon its discovery in 2014 in Berks County, PA, it has been considered "public enemy #1" among farmers & gardeners. Local news has covered it extensively, especially after it started showing up en masse in Philadelphia. Parents have been urged to make a game of killing them. No less than three of my friends were inspired to create custom Spotted Lanternfly costumes for Halloween last year.

I realized they were around the other day because I felt them well before I saw them: I was getting rained on, occasionally, and then I noticed the "rain" was a bit sticky. They excrete a sweet substance politely known as "honeydew", which you can see coating a poison ivy leaf in the third photo here. The honeydew is a big part of what makes them so troublesome: it leads to the growth of black sooty mold that kills plants, especially ones weakened by having their sap sucked!

The nymphs (see last photo) are easier to kill, but not as obvious. Scientists are working hard to find a sustainable solution. I hope they figure something out soon -- because by 2021 or 2022 they'll be here in Elmer.

Gulp.

#spottedlanternfly #invasivespecies #pests #efn @ Deptford Township, New Jersey

07/23/2020

The Farmacy Health Shoppe & Farmer's Market will be open again this Friday, July 24th from 1pm - 8pm and this Saturday, July 25th from 7am - Noon at 211 S. Orange St. in Albion, right next to the Marathon.

The farmer's market will be offering farm fresh eggs, red & orange early tomatoes, bell peppers, sweet Yummy red & orange peppers, big jalapenos (great for stuffing), red potatoes--small and large, zucchini--yellow & green varieties, yellow summer squash, cucumbers--small picklers and slicers (time for refrigerator pickles!), green beans, swiss chard, lemon basil, dill, candy onions, big Music garlic, and a few very big & beautiful early melons we snagged from a local grower (we have several varieties growing but they are a few weeks out yet).

Please check out the Health Shoppe now! Several items available and more coming in. Herbal products; natural personal care products like handmade soap, lotions and deodorant, dried herbs, other natural and/or health related products.

"Striving to provide clients with resources for health & healing."

Any questions or suggestions, please feel free to message or email me.

Hope to see y'all there!

07/17/2020

Good morning!

The soft opening of "The Farmacy Health Shoppe & Farmer's Market" is today, July 17th from 1pm--8pm and tomorrow, July 18th from 7am--Noon at 211 S. Orange St. in Albion. You can park in the street, in front of the garage or in the grass in back near the alley.

We will have a farmer's market set up in front with offerings from various local farmers!
Our offerings will be green beans, swiss chard, lemon basil, yellow zucchini (better taste & more nutritious!), cucumbers, baby potatoes, tomatoes, beautiful garlic, sweet Candy onions, dill, corn, tatsoi (Asian spinach), cauliflower--both white & gorgeous purple, broccoli, leeks! Also farm fresh eggs!

While you are here, you are welcome to come inside the shoppe and check out our offerings there. We are getting new things every day; we have my products & products from several different artisans, herbalists and health related businesses.

Any questions, please message me here or email me at [email protected].

Hope to see y'all soon!

07/15/2020

The soft opening of "The Farmacy Health Shoppe & Farmer's Market" is this Friday, July 17th from 1pm--8pm and this Saturday, July 18th from 7am--Noon at 211 S. Orange St. in Albion. You can park in the street, in front of garage or in the grass in back near the alley.

We will have a farmer's market set up in front with offerings from various local farmers!
Our offerings will be green beans, swiss chard, lemon basil, yellow zucchini (better taste & more nutritious!), cucumbers, baby potatoes, tomatoes, beautiful garlic, sweet Candy onions, dill, corn, tatsoi (Asian spinach), cauliflower--both white & gorgeous purple, broccoli, leeks! Also farm fresh eggs!

While you are here, you are welcome to come inside the shoppe and check out our offerings there. We are getting new things every day; we have products from several different artisans, herbalists and health related businesses.

Any questions, please message me here or email me at [email protected].

Hope to see y'all then!

Goshen Farmers Market
07/05/2020

Goshen Farmers Market

Grab your ticket for the next Market Meal To Go on July 7th made by The Wedge featuring Salade Niçoise (hard boiled egg, green beans, tomatoes, potatoes, olives), Paris Baguette with brie and tomato spread, and dessert by Anna's Bread. Order at www.goshenfarmersmarket.org/marketmealtogo

07/05/2020
Aurora Borealis Observatory

Aurora Borealis Observatory

If you've never heard a fox laugh, you’re welcome! 😂😂

Saveafox Rescue

The Fox Trail Fam 2020 Garlic harvest is in the books.  Thanks to my Sister Lori and brother -in law Doug, the process w...
07/02/2020

The Fox Trail Fam 2020 Garlic harvest is in the books. Thanks to my Sister Lori and brother -in law Doug, the process went flawlessly and way faster. This year's crop is absolutely beautiful. We have fresh garlic available now in 5 varieties. In three weeks or so we will have cured culinary garlic and limited quantities of seed garlic available. Stay tuned here for updates!

Our sprouts are ready!   Colleen turned me on to this system for growing sprouts that's super easy, foolproof and afford...
06/28/2020

Our sprouts are ready! Colleen turned me on to this system for growing sprouts that's super easy, foolproof and affordable. Best system I've seen. You can choose from several different sprout varieties. Great for salads, sandwiches etc. Hit her up if you're interested and she can hook you up.

06/25/2020

The Farmacy and Fox Trail Farm will have our usual sale this Saturday at our location in Albion, 211 S. Orange St, from 9am-2pm or otherwise arranged.

We have lots of beautiful veggies growing and some are ready to harvest!!!
This week we will have:
*Swiss Chard--this underappreciated super food is so healthy and versatile: use just as you would spinach, either fresh or cooked. It is one of my favorite greens and I love it! I will have some idea for cooking to share with you at the market.
*Lemon Basil--lots of this; great for pesto and lots of dishes. We also have Dill, Oregano, Sage, Cilantro & Spearmint.
*Still a few pounds of asparagus but this is the last picking.
*Garlic Scape Pesto
Our awesome garlic, zucchini, cucumbers & Tatsoi are only a week or 2 away!

The Farmacy also has lots of herbals for sale. The shoppe is not officially opened yet; we are shooting for middle of July!

We will be hosting a "U-Pick" green bean program at the farm!!! Let us know if you would like to put your name on the list or need more info. We are thinking the first pickings will begin around the middle of July.

***I have some plants left and you can take your choice free with a purchase! They need good homes.

Hope to see y'all Saturday!

Almost forgot farm fresh chicken and duck eggs!

This is the time of the season when we do a sample harvest of our garlic to evaluate the progress of the crop.  This sam...
06/24/2020

This is the time of the season when we do a sample harvest of our garlic to evaluate the progress of the crop. This sample indicates our garlic is healthy and happy and is on schedule for harvesting soon after the July 4th holiday. Our ginger crop is also coming along nicely after a thorough weeding today. The much needed rain Monday evening made all the plants very happy!

06/18/2020

I am going to continue having a small market every Saturday from 9am-2pm at 211 S. Orange St. in Albion even tho The Farmacy isn't opened yet. I am tentatively planning our soft opening in the middle of July.

We have farm fresh chicken and duck eggs. Sweet baby turnips. A few quarts of local, yummy, ripe strawberries--$5 qt. A few pounds of organic asparagus--if you haven't had your fill; this is pretty much your last chance!

I have just made a fresh batch of Organic Elderberry Syrup with extra Vit C! $20 for 12 oz. I also have some Wellness Tincture available! Calendula Skin Healing Salve, Cold & Congestion Balm, First Aid Balm and a few other things.

I do have maybe a dozen plants left that need to go into the ground. Clearance or free with purchase!

I am looking for other farmers, artisans, creators, workshop leaders--to collaborate in the health shoppe & farm market. We are planning to have yoga with a certified instructor if we get enough interest. I only have room for a small group--5 or 6; so please let me know if you are interested. Details coming.

Hope y'all have a great weekend! Stay safe & cool!

Photos from Fox Trail Farm's post
06/17/2020

Photos from Fox Trail Farm's post

Dear friends and supporters of Fox Trail Farm. This is a bit unusual I know but I'm putting this out here first.  It has...
06/17/2020

Dear friends and supporters of Fox Trail Farm. This is a bit unusual I know but I'm putting this out here first. It has been a great joy in my life to have the opportunity of owning and operating this farm along with the help of a highly skilled and dedicated partner Colleen Craig. It is not an easy decision and this is without doubt the most rewarding and at the same time the most challenging and demanding work I have done in my life. The reality is that the physical demands have become more challenging now that I'm in my 60's. After a decade and a half of developing Fox Trail Farm it is time to find a new owner that has the passion and energy to take over what we have built over the past 16 years. My hope is to find a new owner who has the passion, drive and desire to continue to build on what has been created here. The timing is good - the demand for healthy local food has never been greater and Fox Trail Farm has the capacity to grow large quantities of fresh organic produce. We were one of the first farms in the Great Lakes region to become Certified Naturally Grown. So if anyone knows of an interested and qualified party please spread the word. In the meantime, the farm continues to operate albeit at a smaller scale than previous years and we will have an abundance of our specialty produce available this season including onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, squash, melons and more. We have chosen not to participate at the Whitley County Farmer's Market this season. The intentional scaling back of the work load here at the farm and the challenges of participating in a market operating under new pandemic guidelines have combined to lead us to a different approach this year. We plan to make our produce available on a no-contact basis from the farm or from Colleen's business at The Farmacy at 211 S. Orange Street in Albion. We also plan to offer our seasonal produce to The Health Food Shoppe and Three Rivers Co-Op in Ft Wayne and select restaurants in the area. My desire is to transfer Fox Trail Farm to a new qualified owner as a turnkey operation so that it can continue to be operated as an organic produce farm. As bittersweet as it is for myself and Colleen, It's a great opportunity for the right person or family and I would be willing to offer support and consultation to a potential qualified new owner in the transition.

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1272 N 75 E
Albion, IN
46701

General information

Beginning in May and running thru early October, every Saturday we will be at the Whitley County Farmers Market from 8:00AM to Noon with Certified Naturally Grown seasonal produce.

Telephone

+12602420467

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SEE US AT THE AUBURN FARMERS MARKET EACH WEDNESDAY 7:00AM to NOON MAY THRU OCTOBER ON THE COURTHOUSE SQUARE IN AUBURN, IN. FRESH CERTIFIED NATURALLY GROWN PRODUCE IN SEASON. ALSO VISIT THE FARMACY AT 211 SOUTH ORANGE ST ON FRIDAY AFTERNOONS AND SATURDAY MORNINGS FOR FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE IN SEASON. Fox Trail Farm was established in 2004. Situated on 25 acres of rolling farmland in Noble County Indiana, the farm has been under development as a model of small scale sustainable farming. The property was originally owned by the current family's great, great, grandfather and was part of his original homestead. The farm features an heirloom apple orchard, 2 1/2 acre stocked pond maintained for natural aquaculture, organic hay operation, vegetable, herb and flower gardens, various fruits and berries and a small apiary, all using natural and sustainable production methods in harmony with nature. The farm also features the use of renewable energy including wind and solar power.

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Colleen. CALL ME. you have the number. Little Hawk.
The owner of this company keeps leaving passive aggressive negative comments on my business page without explanation. Therefore I have decided to leave this here until he contacts me to explain. Mike, please call me at 260-609-5378. I would love to have a discussion.
Do you have any elderberry syrup left for sale?
The chow chow is so good! I am planning all my meals around what it can on😁
If you have any beets would you save some for me please!!! I will be there tomorrow for sure!!! thank you
will you be at the farmers market Saturday the 12th ?? If so and you have any asparagus please save me a couple lbs..Thank you so much
Love all of your information on your page. Looking forward to visiting your farm. I live in Fort Wayne and was able to attend your presentation at the Co-op. Just want to say thank you
Mike Nice seeing you at Taste Stop by the office when you can D
2 lbs of asparagus and some muchrooms if you have any this Saturday!!! thank you
2 lbs of asparagus and some of your shiitake mushrooms please..See ya at the market this Saturday..Rain or shine I will be there..thank you