Pitchfork Farms

Pitchfork Farms A local farm producing and selling non-GMO, pastured chicken, eggs, pork, and beef. We also offer U-PICK strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries.
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We are not certified organic but follow organic guidelines. Meet Matt and Ellie. Matt has wanted to farm all of his life, while Ellie on the other hand, grew up on a dairy farm and wanted to leave as soon as she could. After getting married, having a few kiddos, and moving back to the farm, they are excited to offer real food to local consumers. We currently offer non-GMO pastured chicken, non-GMO eggs, and raw milk herd shares. We will process our first pastured beef in a few months and hope to have to have a steady supply come fall. Stay tuned...we have a lot more surprises up our sleeves. Thank you for your support!

Operating as usual

๐Ÿ“ We have been working on getting the strawberries all tucked in for winter. This is the best the new strawberries have ...
11/29/2020

๐Ÿ“ We have been working on getting the strawberries all tucked in for winter. This is the best the new strawberries have looked going into winter and it is the biggest patch we have planted. Excited to see next year's harvest. ๐Ÿ“

๐Ÿšœ Game changer. When your kids are old enough to operate a tractor and it cuts your work time down significantly. Bo hel...
11/28/2020

๐Ÿšœ Game changer. When your kids are old enough to operate a tractor and it cuts your work time down significantly. Bo helped Mama all afternoon yesterday get straw down on the strawberries.

When we had a full bale on, he was not tall enough to see the row. So we got creative. I would hold my fork it the air so he could line the fork up with the center of the tractor and drive forward. We shared a few laughs and got a lot done. Back at it today. Love this kid.

๐Ÿฆƒ Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. Hoping that in all of the uncertainty of the world, that we all remember ...
11/26/2020

๐Ÿฆƒ Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. Hoping that in all of the uncertainty of the world, that we all remember how much we have to be thankful for.

When a farm kid makes his first pie, he chooses to put a cow eating a bale of hay on top. ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ˜‚โ™ฅ๏ธ

Happy Thanksgiving!

๐ŸWhat are some of the holiday traditions your family has?This is one of my favorites that we have been doing since Bo wa...
11/25/2020

๐ŸWhat are some of the holiday traditions your family has?

This is one of my favorites that we have been doing since Bo was old enough to do it. The first of November, we start our family thankful tree. It is the centerpiece of our table all month and every night at dinner, we rotate writing down something we are thankful for.

The older the kids have gotten the more I love it and the better they are at understanding what we should be thankful for. This year they have put teachers, school, health care workers, family, heat, food, friends, neighbors, and our house on the tree. I continue to be in awe of them more and more each year.

In full disclosure, Annie the 4 year old did put herself on the tree ๐Ÿ˜‚ We were trying to explain to her to pick something that she is really happy she has and she picked herself. I have no doubt in a few years she will pick different things but we are all grateful for her and all of our kids โ™ฅ๏ธ

What are some of your family traditions?

๐Ÿฅš We are filling the shelves at both Oleson's in Petoskey and Charlevoix today so you can grab some eggs for all your ho...
11/24/2020

๐Ÿฅš We are filling the shelves at both Oleson's in Petoskey and Charlevoix today so you can grab some eggs for all your holiday cooking. ๐Ÿฅš

Want a special treat for breakfast on Thanksgiving? Now taking Thanksgiving pre-orders for contactless pick-up at the fa...
11/23/2020

Want a special treat for breakfast on Thanksgiving?

Now taking Thanksgiving pre-orders for contactless pick-up at the farm of Tillie's Tafel cinnamon rolls. Orders must be in by 11:30am tomorrow morning. Pick -up Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. Comment below to place your order. Thank you.

๐Ÿฆƒ I LOVE Thanksgiving. The kids are excited to spend a couple days cooking with me and having a little down time. Even t...
11/23/2020

๐Ÿฆƒ I LOVE Thanksgiving. The kids are excited to spend a couple days cooking with me and having a little down time. Even though this year will be different, we still have so much to be thankful for. ๐Ÿฆƒ

๐Ÿ‚ We aren't going to have too many more days of the cows out enjoying the sunshine while the ground is not white.๐Ÿ‚
11/22/2020

๐Ÿ‚ We aren't going to have too many more days of the cows out enjoying the sunshine while the ground is not white.๐Ÿ‚

Every day it gets more real. Our freezers, refrigerators, and oven came this week. ๐Ÿ˜
11/21/2020

Every day it gets more real. Our freezers, refrigerators, and oven came this week. ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿฅš Happy to announce that starting today, you will be able to find our eggs at the Grain Train again. ๐Ÿฅš
11/20/2020

๐Ÿฅš Happy to announce that starting today, you will be able to find our eggs at the Grain Train again. ๐Ÿฅš

We have completed taking orders for pick up this weekend. We will take orders next Thursday. Thank you.Now taking PRE-OR...
11/19/2020

We have completed taking orders for pick up this weekend. We will take orders next Thursday. Thank you.

Now taking PRE-ORERS! For the next couple of weeks, we will offer contactless pick up of Tillie's Tafel 's cinnamon rolls at the farm. You must PRE-ORDER by Friday morning for Saturday or Sunday pick-up. $5 for 1 and $20 for a four pack. Comment below to place your order.

๐Ÿฅš If you purchase our eggs in a store, you will notice the label has changed this week. It went from pastured, non-GMO t...
11/18/2020

๐Ÿฅš If you purchase our eggs in a store, you will notice the label has changed this week. It went from pastured, non-GMO to local, non-GMO. We have moved our chickens indoors for the winter. They still have access to the outside and if you are at the farm, you will still see some of them wandering around. But, the majority of them stay in. We change our label even though they are still getting the same non-GMO feed because even though they still scratch around for bugs, the green grass is all gone.

๐ŸฅšPULLET EGG SALE! $3/dozen. As our winter hens continue to pick up in production, the number of pullet eggs we have, is ...
11/17/2020

๐ŸฅšPULLET EGG SALE! $3/dozen. As our winter hens continue to pick up in production, the number of pullet eggs we have, is way up. These are the same eggs but a little bit smaller. No appointment needed. We will have eggs out in the cooler on our front porch all week. First come first serve. Please leave your cash or check in the cooler. Thank you ๐Ÿฅš

We don't use any chemicals of any kind on this farm, we don't use and pesticides or "fertilizers" either. But we do comp...
11/16/2020

We don't use any chemicals of any kind on this farm, we don't use and pesticides or "fertilizers" either. But we do compost all of our animal manure. Our pile is huge. Matt turns the pile every little while and we wait until it is dirt consistency to use it. This is what is looked like when I dug into it this weekend. FULL of worms. Amazing. Now to spread some on the berries before snow falls.

๐Ÿ’• The outside of our farm market is done. ๐Ÿ’•
11/15/2020

๐Ÿ’• The outside of our farm market is done. ๐Ÿ’•

UPDATE: SOLD OUT!!!We still have a some delicious Tillie's Tafel cinnamon rolls available for contactless pick-up at the...
11/14/2020

UPDATE: SOLD OUT!!!

We still have a some delicious Tillie's Tafel cinnamon rolls available for contactless pick-up at the farm.

They are a nice afternoon snack or with your coffee tomorrow morning. $5 each or $20 for a 4 pack. Comment below to schedule your pick up time for either today or tomorrow. Cash only. Thank you.

Have you been wanting to try these amazing cinnamon rolls but haven't been able to get to the farm market? Now is your c...
11/14/2020

Have you been wanting to try these amazing cinnamon rolls but haven't been able to get to the farm market? Now is your chance.

Pre-order your cinnamon rolls for contactless pick up at our farm this afternoon or tomorrow.

$5 for 1 and $20 for a four pack. Cash only at pick up. Order by commenting on this post. Thank you. Tillie's Tafel

Your smile for the day ๐Ÿ˜Š
11/12/2020

Your smile for the day ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ We have so much to be grateful for every day, but today we get to celebrate a little bit more.๐Ÿง Happy 4th Birthday t...
11/11/2020

๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ We have so much to be grateful for every day, but today we get to celebrate a little bit more.

๐Ÿง Happy 4th Birthday to the littlest lady of the house. You are so loving, so sassy, and so funny. Never lose our stubbornness or your smile. Today we celebrate you Annie Grace. We love you

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ We also say THANK YOU to all veterans today and every day. Thank you doesn't seem like nearly enough for every sacrifice you have made so that we can live our lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We are forever indebted to you. โ™ฅ๏ธ

โ˜€๏ธ The kids helped pull old irrigation lines yesterday.
11/10/2020

โ˜€๏ธ The kids helped pull old irrigation lines yesterday.

โ˜€๏ธTaking advantage of all this sunshine and getting the ground worked up.
11/09/2020

โ˜€๏ธTaking advantage of all this sunshine and getting the ground worked up.

๐Ÿฎ You know you are a mom when you are trying to take a picture of one of your calves and you are clicking your fingers s...
11/07/2020

๐Ÿฎ You know you are a mom when you are trying to take a picture of one of your calves and you are clicking your fingers saying, "look at Mama." Matt caught me and just laughed. ๐Ÿ˜‚

11/06/2020
Bo

๐Ÿšœ One of my greatest memories as a kid when we went to my Grandma and Grandpa Shively's house was riding all the little tractors my Grandpa had. When he passed away, we inherited a couple and Bo has made it his mission to help Matt get this one running. I am so proud of his persistence and dedication to this project. The video isn't the best but I wish you could feel and see the pride and excitement on his face when it started. You couldn't wipe the smile off his face. ๐Ÿ’•

Making more progress on the building. My favorite part so far ๐Ÿ’•
11/04/2020

Making more progress on the building. My favorite part so far ๐Ÿ’•

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ It is Election Day! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
11/03/2020

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ It is Election Day! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

We all could use a bad chicken joke this Monday morning ๐Ÿ˜‚
11/02/2020

We all could use a bad chicken joke this Monday morning ๐Ÿ˜‚

๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸญHappy Halloween for our crew. Annie as Skye from Paw Patrol, Cowboy Tucker, Soccer player Remy, and Harry Potter of co...
10/31/2020

๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸญHappy Halloween for our crew. Annie as Skye from Paw Patrol, Cowboy Tucker, Soccer player Remy, and Harry Potter of course.

Friday's introduction today. Remy Lou. She is easily our hardest working child. She loves having a job to do and rarely ...
10/30/2020

Friday's introduction today. Remy Lou. She is easily our hardest working child. She loves having a job to do and rarely argues about doing chores. She does everything from feeding animals, to planting, to chicken processing. Her favorite job is picking berries.
I have always said if something ever happened to me, she would step right in and run things without a hitch. She is a mother hen for sure, always helpful and looking out for everyone. She can tell you which calf was born to which cow during which month, something I definitely cannot do. She is starting to get some teenage sass but she is such an amazing little girl. ๐Ÿ’•

Market building update. After a delay on the trusses, then them being "misplaced," they are finally up.
10/28/2020

Market building update. After a delay on the trusses, then them being "misplaced," they are finally up.

More exciting news! We have ordered blueberry bushes for the farm. This spring we will plant about an acre and a half of...
10/27/2020

More exciting news! We have ordered blueberry bushes for the farm. This spring we will plant about an acre and a half of 3 year old bushes. Can't wait!

๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฅง๐Ÿž๐Ÿ— We want to hear from YOU!!! What are some things you would like to see at our farm market next spring? All suggesti...
10/26/2020

๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฅง๐Ÿž๐Ÿ— We want to hear from YOU!!! What are some things you would like to see at our farm market next spring? All suggestions welcome, no promises made ๐Ÿ˜‚. ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ–๐Ÿง

๐Ÿ’— A year...365 days. That is how long it has been since I have seen that smile, heard your voice, or gotten one of your ...
10/25/2020

๐Ÿ’— A year...365 days. That is how long it has been since I have seen that smile, heard your voice, or gotten one of your hugs. We have missed 365 morning phone calls. Some days it feels like it was yesterday and some.days it feels like a lifetime ago.

I remember pulling in my driveway and seeing an ambulance at your house. Matt had gone down there to borrow the skid steer when I went to the bank so I stared to get uneasy because I was not sure if something happened to you or Matt. My mind quickly went to farm equipment accident. I am headed down to your house and see a few state troopers parked in the other driveway. My heart sank and my stomach dropped because I knew someone had not made it. There was NO activity. The EMS were standing talking casually by the ambulance and the police officers were standing filling out paperwork. As I pulled in, Matt comes sprinting out of the barn faster than I have ever seen him run. I wanted to throw up, I just knew. I get out and Matt says, I don't know what happened. I ask if you were alive and Matt couldn't answer because he knew it would destroy me. I remember him catching me as I fell to the ground screaming. I remember running into the barn, my knees hitting the barn floor next to you, begging you to take a breath. I begged and pleaded for you to take one breath. I remember punching the milk parlor door when you didn't. I remember calling Becky and Adam, your siblings, and friends. They were all just as shocked as we were. I remember wondering how in the world I was going to live one single day without you.

It hasn't been easy, some days harder than others. I feel like the farm is a blessing and a curse. In the beginning, it forced me to work instead of deal with my emotions because the farm must go on and is a daily reminder of you not being here. But it is such a blessing because we get to continue the dream that you started. I work so hard because I never want to take for granted for even one day, every sacrifice you made to give me this life and this farm. Thank you for trusting us to keep it going and growing.

They say the first year is the hardest and that might be true but it hasn't necessarily gotten easier for me, it has just changed. I miss you more now than ever. I hate that you have missed so may moments the last year. The good ones, the bad ones, the silly ones, and the stupid ones. Every day there are multiple times, I wish you could have been there to experience them with us. I let myself feel you walk with me every day on the farm and your voice is so strong in my head I sometimes laugh out loud at you. I see you so much in myself and in my kids. Good grief I even see you in Matt. He will do or say something and I will laugh. Thank you for leaving such an impact on all of us. My heart is still heavy and I still shed too many years but I am forever grateful for the relationship we had and the time I spent with you. Until we meet again. I love you Dad ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’•

๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽƒ When you bring the "treat" wheelbarrow out full of pumpkins and a few hundred chickens run and wait patiently by the ...
10/22/2020

๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽƒ When you bring the "treat" wheelbarrow out full of pumpkins and a few hundred chickens run and wait patiently by the fence.

๐ŸŒฝ๐Ÿ’• As we approach the one year anniversary of losing my Dad, I feel him on this farm just as much as when he was here.Th...
10/21/2020

๐ŸŒฝ๐Ÿ’• As we approach the one year anniversary of losing my Dad, I feel him on this farm just as much as when he was here.

Though we farmed together, our practices were not always the same. One of our life long disagreements was corn. Him growing corn for his cows that he had sprayed, us using no chemicals of any kind. We were different generations that had different mind sets and that is okay. We had lots of serious conversations about it and Matt and him were talking about alternative ways to grow it. Once we started farming he moved his corn farther away every year, which we greatly appreciated.

This year, we moved our meat birds down to a pasture past his house and this one corn stalk grew in that field. This field has NEVER been corn ever. It has always been pasture. I know this corn stalk is probably from a seed the chickens did not eat, but it is a constant reminder that he is here. Missing him as much today as every day.

๐Ÿท We welcomed these little piggies to the farm yesterday. There are 8 of them and they are SO cute. The kids love them. ...
10/20/2020

๐Ÿท We welcomed these little piggies to the farm yesterday. There are 8 of them and they are SO cute. The kids love them. ๐Ÿท

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Petoskey, MI
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Hey Ellie-don't know if you're old enough to remember Gary Larson's comic strip-"The Far Side." He did a lot of anthropomorphic stuff that was hilarious. I thought of you guys when I saw this one!
Saw this sweater, instantly thought of you! Hope it makes you laugh! Have a great day! https://www.facebook.com/108621420580091/photos/p.250698276372404/250698276372404/?type=3&theater
I'm guessing you guys would need a much larger version of this little garment!
Iโ€™m going to cook a whole chicken today. Not something I do very often. Sooooo. Looking for everyoneโ€™s favorite whole chicken recipes. Thanks in advance.
Yum. Best bacon & eggs - great way to start my day! Thanks for all you provide for our community!
Wow-you guys are a credit to your family, to your community and to the human race. I know youโ€™re not seeking kudos but accept from me that I am honored and humbled to be among your friends. Love you guys!
Ellie-I stumbled on this while on YouTube the other day and thought it was a northern fishing/trapping northern thing and when I realized it wasn't I almost didn't keep watching it. But when the old guy goes out in the barn I choked back a few tears when I realized how much it reminded me of your dads' barn! I could smell the smells and feel the space as if I was in there talking to your pa while he was doing chores. I don't know if you'll want to or even have time to watch the whole thing but it is really something-probably very similar to how your great grandpa was farming many years ago. Here's what the maker (I think it was done by his son) of it says about it: This is a full documentary movie including all 4 seasons about Grandfather. The movie uncovers one day in each season in his life It talks about his daily routine and dedication to his down to earth lifestyle his fathers lived. His passion and love is horses. He is an old and experienced horse logger and is doing all the farm work all year round using only horse power. He is a hard worker and fully self-sufficient and independent. He has been living off the grid, before there even was a grid. Grandfather turned 76 May 2019. Since his wife passed away 10 years ago he works on his farm almost alone. He says - I do not need anyone to help me - I have horses...
We did our last load of square bales for the year. The kids scraped out the wagon for one last time. ๐Ÿšœ
We had so much fun picking strawberries ๐Ÿ“ tonight!!! We canโ€™t wait to eat them๐Ÿ“
What cuts of pork do you guys have ?
I think you need these. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…
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