Shafer Family Farm

Shafer Family Farm Shafer Family Farm is a local, quality farm specializing in pasture raised, organically fed meat. We are small business to the core, valuing our customers to produce a reasonably priced, high quality, humanly raised product.
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Every morning I start my day with rest. For the first hour of my day, I don’t do anything. I drink my coffee, I soak up ...
07/04/2020

Every morning I start my day with rest. For the first hour of my day, I don’t do anything.
I drink my coffee, I soak up the sunrise, I listen to my surroundings, I pray, I thank God for all He provides.

This is new for me. Typically my day started with busyness. Being rushed to get everything done so I can move to the next thing.

And you know, I realized, I still prayed during those rushed times of busyness. But my prayers are now much more intentional. I’m calmer now. More focused, more energy.

Through this, God has shown me how important rest is. Setting time apart to clear my head, to purify my heart.

Seemingly a simple breakfast but I noticed that everything was either locally produced, or homegrown on the farm. Freshl...
07/03/2020

Seemingly a simple breakfast but I noticed that everything was either locally produced, or homegrown on the farm.

Freshly Roasted coffee from Backwoods Coffee

Organic Gronala from One Mean Granola

Pure, Raw Honey from “The Beemers” in Stockbridge from the Open Air Market of Stockbridge

Raspberries picked from the garden, that were given to us by a friend.

Fresh Raw Milk, from the farm.

Love the rewards from shopping and supporting local, and raising your own!

The garden is cleaned up, weeded , pruned and growing. Love spending my time in the garden watching the progress. We pla...
07/03/2020

The garden is cleaned up, weeded , pruned and growing. Love spending my time in the garden watching the progress. We plan on canning much more this year than we have in the past.

Over 60 tomato plants, 200 potatoes, 500 onions, along with cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, carrots, peppers, herbs, pumpkins and watermelon.

Our Milkweed sanctuary is beginning to produce! We love having plants in our garden that are so Beneficial in so many wa...
07/02/2020

Our Milkweed sanctuary is beginning to produce! We love having plants in our garden that are so Beneficial in so many ways. #letitgrow #michiganfarm #milkweed #puremichigan

There is always one that’s a little skeptical of the camera. We have to strategically place the birds on the property th...
06/29/2020

There is always one that’s a little skeptical of the camera.

We have to strategically place the birds on the property this time of the year. When they get this big, and when it’s this hot, it’s not a great combination.

We give them extra space to move and stay aired out, and a little extra daytime in the shade.

This batch is looking really nice.

Chickens on open pasture with a colorful sunset. can’t get much more rewarding.
06/26/2020

Chickens on open pasture with a colorful sunset. can’t get much more rewarding.

Nice colors for an early summer harvest. #smallfarm #michiganfarm #puremichigan
06/24/2020

Nice colors for an early summer harvest. #smallfarm #michiganfarm #puremichigan

This is my work in progress garden. I had big plans for it early on, but just didn’t make it high on my list. I did get ...
06/22/2020

This is my work in progress garden.
I had big plans for it early on, but just didn’t make it high on my list.

I did get a lot planted in it.
150 potatoes
200+ onions
Tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, watermelon & spaghetti squash.

But I’ve yet to run water to it. We finally got rain last night but when I did some cultivating I noticed we must have only gotten a sprinkle.
I thank God for the miracle of dew, and hope that it’s enough until I get hoses run.
Otherwise, it was just some good time out in the sun and Exercise for this year.

We haven’t had a chance to introduce our new pest controls. Cats do a lot of good around the farm. They keep mice away f...
06/21/2020

We haven’t had a chance to introduce our new pest controls.
Cats do a lot of good around the farm. They keep mice away from our barns & rabbits out of our gardens.
These two blue eyed kitties are a little extra special. I raise so many chickens I just keep these kittens in a chicken brooder, water them out of a chicken waterer and use chicken bedding.

I can’t get enough of these! Seeking out a place to expand my strawberry patch.
06/20/2020

I can’t get enough of these! Seeking out a place to expand my strawberry patch.

The pigs are such a joy to watch and have around the farm. They are great for clean up of the garden, and are fun to wat...
06/18/2020

The pigs are such a joy to watch and have around the farm.
They are great for clean up of the garden, and are fun to watch.
Every night they snuggle together in a big pig pile.

06/18/2020

We sold out of Chicken in 8 days. We are working hard to stay on top of the demand. We thank each and every one of you who not just supports Shafer Family Farm, but all small businesses.

At this point, we will not be at the Chelsea Farmers Market or the Open Air Market of Stockbridge until Mid-July.

We are taking down names to be added to the next batches of whole chicken that will be ready in July and August, but that list is nearly full.

Stay in touch with us as we continue through the summer.

One of my favorite things of the garden is you always have lunch at hand. Even when not in full harvest, there is plenty...
06/17/2020

One of my favorite things of the garden is you always have lunch at hand. Even when not in full harvest, there is plenty to snack on. Fresh picked veggies are full of nutrition. One small plate or handful can satisfy you for hours.
Strawberries, kale, radish greens, basil, dill & onion greens.

A couple years ago I planted a plant called comfrey in one of my raised beds. I researched it quite a bit and liked the ...
06/16/2020

A couple years ago I planted a plant called comfrey in one of my raised beds.
I researched it quite a bit and liked the idea of it being a ground cover that put lots of good nutrients back into the soil. If harvested, it also has lots of different health benefits. What I failed to realize, it completely takes over. The root system is huge! The 4 plants that I started with quickly multiplied. I tried digging it up by the root and it spread even faster. Within days of cutting it down, it grows new growth.

I gave up.

Now I’m so thankful for the comfrey. I’ve just let it grow. It has a flower nearly all summer long. It feeds monarchs, humming birds, dragon flys, bumble bees and my own animals. It’s nice to look at, it adds contrast to the garden.

Sometimes you need to turn your mistakes into good. For what I thought I lost in garden space, I gained so much more.

Seeing the first of the year! What do you call them? Fireflys or lightning bugs?
06/16/2020

Seeing the first of the year! What do you call them? Fireflys or lightning bugs?

When the neighbor walks over and asks if the pigs would like some veggies. Yes please!
06/15/2020

When the neighbor walks over and asks if the pigs would like some veggies. Yes please!

Last week we got another “batch” of chickens. Trying to stay ahead of the demand. We currently have over 700 chickens on...
06/15/2020

Last week we got another “batch” of chickens. Trying to stay ahead of the demand. We currently have over 700 chickens on the farm which is more than we raised all last year.

We are not officially taking pre-orders but if you want to be added to our list, to be contacted when they are ready, send us a message with your email and we will contact you.

It’s a great day for the Open Air Market of Stockbridge. Tonight from 4-7pm in the downtown square. Shafer Family Farm w...
06/12/2020

It’s a great day for the Open Air Market of Stockbridge. Tonight from 4-7pm in the downtown square.

Shafer Family Farm will have chicken cuts available:
Wings
Legs ( thighs and drumsticks )
XL Legs
Breast
XL Breast
Gizzards
Liver
Feet

Einkorn flour
Pancake mix

We spent a lot of time in the garden this week. Still so much more to do before it’s too late! Our plan this year is to ...
06/11/2020

We spent a lot of time in the garden this week. Still so much more to do before it’s too late! Our plan this year is to do MORE canning.

What I found out is, with so many chickens on the farm, the garden is the lowest on the priority list.

We got some awesome, healthy, tomato plant starts from C & C Micro-Farm in Gregory, and some pepper plants from Heim Gardens in Chelsea. We plant most of our seeds from MIgardener.

Chickens love grass! I know the chickens are happy when they have plenty of grain, but they choose to forage for grass a...
06/10/2020

Chickens love grass!
I know the chickens are happy when they have plenty of grain, but they choose to forage for grass and bugs instead.

Many people say that Cornish cross are lazy, and won’t move, and because of this, it’s unhealthy to raise. But on an open pasture, it’s proven otherwise.

These chickens will be ready Mid July.

06/10/2020

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The garden is my favorite place to be. It’s the central hub of the farm portion of our home. It’s peaceful, rewarding ( ...
06/08/2020

The garden is my favorite place to be. It’s the central hub of the farm portion of our home. It’s peaceful, rewarding ( as long as everything is weeded ). I can see all our animals, watch birds and butterflies, get a morning snack, spend time with God, and just relax.

Set up and ready for our first Chelsea Farmers Market. Come see us from 8-1 today and get some pasture raised, organical...
06/06/2020

Set up and ready for our first Chelsea Farmers Market. Come see us from 8-1 today and get some pasture raised, organically fed chicken!

Breast
Legs
Wings

Einkorn Flour
All-Purpose Flour
Pancake mix

06/05/2020

Come find us tonight from 4-7 at the Open Air Market of Stockbridge, Downtown Stockbridge. We will have Chicken available, perfect for Grilling!
Breast
Wings
& Legs ( Thighs and Drumsticks )

We also have Einkorn Flour and Pancake mix.

Our first orders of chicken are ready! If you pre-ordered, I’ll be sending out communication shortly to schedule pick up...
06/05/2020

Our first orders of chicken are ready! If you pre-ordered, I’ll be sending out communication shortly to schedule pick up.

Happy Sunday! I think Facebook needs more baby goats in the feed.
05/31/2020

Happy Sunday!
I think Facebook needs more baby goats in the feed.

Last fall we got enough pigs to get us through the summer for sales. Unknown to us, those pigs only lasted for 3 weeks. ...
05/30/2020

Last fall we got enough pigs to get us through the summer for sales. Unknown to us, those pigs only lasted for 3 weeks.

We are fortunate to have friends, family and a community that stepped up in a huge way to support not only us, but other local, small farms.

Unfortunately, we have pigs but can’t get them into the butcher. Our pork will be sold out until September.

We will have pasture raised, organically fed, chicken available throughout the summer but we will definitely be missing our pork.

Thank you to all that supported us, tried our products and came back for more. We hope that you will be back when we have more in the fall.

We are putting together our final touches for tonight’s market at the Open Air Market of Stockbridge. This will probably...
05/29/2020

We are putting together our final touches for tonight’s market at the Open Air Market of Stockbridge.

This will probably be our last week with pork products, but we still have a great assortment!

We also have Chicken!

Italian Sausage
Breakfast Sausage links
Spare Ribs
Ham Steak
Kielbasa
Brats
Smoked and Fresh Hocks

Breast
Chicken legs ( thighs and drumsticks )
Wings

Einkorn Flour
All Purpose Flour
Pancake Mix

We take cash and cards!

We have a couple new arrivals! Always fun to have new babies on the farm.
05/29/2020

We have a couple new arrivals! Always fun to have new babies on the farm.

05/28/2020
Open Air Market of Stockbridge

We are excited for another week at the market!
Unfortunately, this will probably be the last week we will have most of our pork options. ( we’ve nearly sold out in 3 weeks! ) so, If you want pork, see us on Friday!

We will also have a few select chicken cuts.
- Legs (thigh and drumstick)
- Wings

Get out, enjoy the evening, and support local this Friday.

Looks like it is supposed to cool off by Friday, so come out and enjoy the market from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the Stockbridge town square! Vegetable and flower plants, hopefully asparagus, frozen chicken and pork cuts, cheese, some produce (slow spring!!), honey, eggs, jam, maple syrup, bread, pies, baked goods, soaps and candles, herbal items and Olga is bringing seasoned fried bread balls! KETTLE CORN is here.
We are postponing (again) the start of Market Music to June 12. Stay tuned here for all market updates! For more info, call Suzi 517-851-7437

300 more chickens will be ready in July! These chicks are only 10 days old and will be out on grass next week 🙂
05/28/2020

300 more chickens will be ready in July!
These chicks are only 10 days old and will be out on grass next week 🙂

This was a first for us... We herded over 200 chickens yesterday across our property. Due to last weeks heavy rains, we ...
05/26/2020

This was a first for us... We herded over 200 chickens yesterday across our property.

Due to last weeks heavy rains, we lacked dry ground. Where we wanted the chickens, was under water all week. Now that the ground is dry, the move was happening! It was quite a sight.

Happy Memorial Day to everyone! We hope that you had a chance to enjoy this beautiful day with family and friends, remem...
05/25/2020

Happy Memorial Day to everyone! We hope that you had a chance to enjoy this beautiful day with family and friends, remembering those who gave their lives for our Great Country.

We worked hard around the farm today and enjoyed a farm fresh lunch.

The newest addition, and challenge, on the farm! We are very excited to learn, and harvest honey!
05/25/2020

The newest addition, and challenge, on the farm! We are very excited to learn, and harvest honey!

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3682 Bradley Rd
Webberville, MI
48892

Telephone

9894131218

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The Path To Our Farm

In 2010 our family made the decision to begin eating better. We wanted more nutrient dense food, sourced locally. We started shopping locally at co-ops, local heath stores and visiting farmers markets. We noticed such a difference in quality of food, our health and the way we felt after meals. We stopped eating out as frequent and ate fresh!

In 2014 we decided that we were capable of raising meat and veggies for our own family. The only problem was, we were renting, and didn’t have the ability to raise and grow where we were. So, the hunt was on to buy our own farm! This was an adventure of its own and the process was long and hard. Finally, in 2016 we purchased our own farm on 3.5 acres. We began with goats for milk, and a small veggie garden. The Spring of 2017 we purchased our first laying hens. I was supposed to only get 8, but 16 came home with us. We increased our garden space significantly. The Spring of 2018 we added pigs and meat chickens.

By this time, our farm was really growing. We had always had Goat Herd Shares for people to get milk. This helped pay for the feed, and some of the farm expenses for the first few years. But once we started getting into the pigs and meat chickens, our farm expenses started to rack up. We decided we needed to start making some income on the farm. We sold pigs for meat, and partnered with another family to raise chickens for them which paid for ours. But the farm vision was just beginning.

The Winter of 2018 God put it on our hearts to use the farm as a ministry. We valued so much from learning, raising and eating our own locally sourced, nutrient dense food that we wanted to share it with those in need. While serving at local food pantries, we noticed the need for fresh, nutrient dense food. We decided that God had gifted us with the passion and abilities to help our community in this area.

In 2019 we raised 500 chickens for meat. 200 of those chickens went for donation. We raised 5 pigs for meat and continued to grow our garden. Of course, the goats have always been around.

For 2020 we are still finalizing our plans, but one thing is for sure, we are still growing! We are working on many of our efficiencies and working to expand our customer base. We love the life on the farm and all the new people we have connected with. We are excited to see what God continues to challenge us with in the future at Shafer Family Farm.

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Beautiful bread made in part with your einkorn flour!! Thank you!! I will be back for more 😁
I wanted to let you know that our girls just love your chicken feed. They go nuts every time I come in to fill up their feed containers. Thank you for selling great quality chick feed.
Thanks Shafer Family Farm for the providing our chicken dinner passed on from Katie Anibal! 😍 It was delicious 🐔
We love Shafer family farm, great chicken, pork and eggs. Wonderful family too.
Thanks to Michael for the special egg delivery this morning! 🥚
I love the new logo!
Chicken has been cooking all day and my house smells amazing! Can't wait to have it for dinner!
Thanks we have been to the Schafer family farm.Great place.They are the most wonderful friendly people we have gotten to know. We also buy the great organic eggs and have enjoyed the pork. Yum yum. Worth a visit.Don& Joan Swantek.