In the mid-to-late 70’s, Colleen Clancy found herself in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a place where the culture of natural foods, independent stores and gourmet food passion came together beautifully. Clancy’s Fancy was first introduced at a vegetarian potluck. Colleen was trying to create real-tasting tofu pepperoni sauce. It was an immediate hit! First, friends started asking for “that fancy sauce that Clancy makes.” Then, local store owners and restaurants wanted it. Eventually, it grew into a high-demand business, and the sauce was still made the way it always had been – by hand with quality ingredients.
Know your Food
Local Family Owned Farms
At Farmstop, we take pride in partnering with locally operated farmers and producers to bring fresh products directly to your doorstep.
Our highlighted partner Garden Fort is a family farm from Brighton, MI that has coined their products "Moreganic." Moreganic, because Certified Organic simply isn't good enough. They use no spray of any kind ever, instead choosing to rely on crop rotation, regionally adapted heirloom seed, and best practices. The result is a healthy, well balanced system which provides the best tasting, most nutritious food possible to the community.
Check out some of our partners below:
Avalon International Breads
In June of 1997, Avalon pulled the first loaves of bread out of its newly installed hearthstone oven in a small, converted storefront in the Cass Corridor of Detroit: Avalon International Breads was born.
To many, offering artisan baked goods made with 100% organic flour in the heart of Detroit seemed an improbable venture. Some looked at Detroit and saw economic distress, population exodus, crime, vacant land and abandoned buildings as obstacles too great for a small venture like theirs. But they saw the seeds of a transformation, with food growing on vacant land, small businesses filling unmet needs, artists thriving, and neighbors coming together to rebuild, renew and re-spirit the city from the ground up. And we loved the cultural heritage, legendary architecture, and beautiful international riverfront of our city. Most of all, Avalon loved the incredible souls of Detroiters. Their baked goods delight customers and fill the company with pride.
Thus the birth of Life, Liberty, Beaches & Pie. It’s our mantra, and you’ll find its words emblazoned in every corner of the Republic. These are values that mean the world to them, and they strive to live them everyday.
Guernsey Farms Dairy
Since its founding by John McGuire in 1940, Guernsey Farms Dairy has prided itself in bringing delicious products to its consumers' tables. The company's dedication to producing exceptional products, maintaining quality, and providing excellent service in delivering them to customers remains true to this day.
Better Way Farms
Years ago, the Better Way family restored a 100 year old red post and beam barn on a small farm in southwest Michigan. This beautiful barn inspired their first name “Red Barn Farm” and the family has spent over a decade growing the finest blueberries possible.
When Better Way came to understand the benefits of organic food grown using regenerative farming methods (a Better Way) there was no turning back. In 2019, their main farm was 100% USDA Organic and their additional farms continue to be in transition to organic. Better Way is blessed by the demand for regeneratively grown Michigan blueberries.
Better Way Farms is a family owned and operated farm. But it has grown beyond a strictly nuclear family, as they involve others with a shared commitment to a Better Way.
Old City Acres
The Brinery is committed to preserving healthy and wholesome produce through the ancient art of fermentation. The company aims to stimulate people's inner economies with our living, raw, and unpasteurized fermented foods. At the same time, they strive to stimulate the economy of our greater community by working with local family farms to grow our produce.
The Brinery was founded 2010, with a small batch of sauerkraut meant to preserve a surplus of fresh cabbage at Tantré Farm in Chelsea, MI. Owner and Chief Fermentation Officer, David Klingenberger, went on to make more and more small batch ferments with the abundance of local produce, scaling up the operation at an exciting rate. The Brinery now processes over 200,000 lbs of local family farmed vegetables per year, and employees 12 people!
The goals at Tantré Farm are to produce fresh, healthy foods for the local community, provide quality of life for the farmer, and sustain economic viability for the farm with care and respect for nature’s diversity.
ROI Urban Farms
MSU Student Organic Farm
Chazzano Coffee Roasters
Goetz Family Farm
Janie's Mill is owned and operated by the Wilken Family, 5th-generation farmers using certified organic and regenerative practices on their Illinois farm. On Janie’s Farm, they grow many different crops in a biodiverse rotation. At Janie’s Mill, they transform those crops into dozens of delicious and nutrient-dense products that are good for you, and good for the planet.
J Nelson Farms
They are committed to ensuring that our customers receive fresh, high quality produce that is safe and healthy at a reasonable price. Providing only the best quality produce to their local and interstate customers since the beginning. They continue to do our best every day to guarantee premium quality produce as they strive to exceed standards.
Midwest Juicery's primary mission is to help you enjoy being healthier. They do so by carefully crafting 100% organic, cold-pressed, raw juices to be absolutely delicious, low in sugar, and predominantly vegetables - all out of their facility in Coloma, Michigan. They have partnered with many Doctors and Registered Dietitians to ensure our juices are the perfect balance between healthy and delicious.
Midwest Juicery is proud to have 40% less sugar than all other juices in the US. And all of their vegetable and fruit juices are at least 50%. They truly want to help their communities solve the 2 massive health issues of hitting daily vegetable intakes and reducing sugar in our diets.
Horkey Brothers Farm
The Horkey Family has been involved in raising vegetables for as far back as they can trace. John Horkey Sr. grew up on a vegetable farm in Bohemia before moving to the United States. When he came to Michigan he knew he wanted to continue farming. He bought a farm on the corner of Livernois and Six Mile Road in Detroit, what is now the University of Detroit Mercy.
After the farm on Livernois and Six Mile was sold, John's son John Horkey Jr. bought a farm on John R and Twelve Mile Road. There he farmed with his two sons; Clearance and George Sr. They raised strawberries, potatoes, cabbage, leek, peaches, tomatoes, pumpkins, and peppers.
In addition to farming both George Sr. and Clearance studied law at the University of Detroit Mercy. After receiving their law degrees they farmed and practiced law in Troy and Royal Oak. In 1956 George Sr. retired from his law practice and sold his farm in Royal Oak.
At this time George Sr. and his wife Etta bought the 110 acre farm in Dundee where they are located today. They started with a few acres of strawberries, and quickly expanded their line to include potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, beans, and sweet corn.
As George Sr's two sons, George Jr. and Carl got older they convinced their parents to raise more vegetables. When George Jr. married Sharon Roscoe in 1969 they began working closely with Sharon's father, Murl Roscoe, who was also a vegetable farmer. Whithin a few years they combined the two operations.
Today the farm is owned by George Jr., Carl, and George's two son's, Travis and Doug. They have continued to increase both the acres of land farmed and the variety of produce grown.
Their operation is still based on the three fundamental beliefs our farming ancestors had: hard work, dedication, and a commitment to serve their customers. They keep this in mind every day as they work the same land their grandfathers worked so many years ago.
Omena Organics has three generations of growing fruit on the spectacular Leelanau peninsula resulting in multiple high quality, sustainably farmed products that they are honored to present to you. Organic produce is better. It is sweeter, more flavorful, and has a deeper color. Omena Organics provides outstanding frozen, dried, canned fruit, and vegetable products, "From Our Farm, to Your Table."
Lakeview Hill Farm
Food For Thought
Food For Thought was founded by Timothy Young over 20 years ago, based on a passion about food, where it comes from and how it impacts our lives and the lives of those that grow it. Carrying this forward, the company continues to have relationships with its farmers, purchase fair trade sugar and are in constant search of ingredients that not only meet their high quality standards, but are also responsibly grown and sourced – organic, non-GMO, fair trade. They make products in small batches to highest possible standards, and strive to be the best quality available anywhere. The company is the proud and humble recipients of two Good Food Awards (2017, 2018).
It all started on Young’s small organic farm located in northern Michigan in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where the company continues to grow its organic peppers, lavender, and basil. Timothy was joined by his brother, Greg Young in 2015 to run the business, and three years later moved the operation to a refurbished, previously abandoned elementary school near Traverse City where the company has expanded farming, food production and opened our first ever retail store. The company continues to honor its founding principles that result in products that are small batch, use intentional ingredients and are finished with a great deal of love and commitment.
Food for Thought sincerely hopes you enjoy their products and feel good about your purchase. Our founding roots not only challenge us to produce high quality and great tasting products, but to do it in a responsible and ethical manner.
Hacienda Mexican Foods
Great Lakes Potato Chips
It was a sultry sunny day in 2009 as Ed Girrbach and his son Chris pulled their Dodge pick-up truck in line with four 53 foot semi-tractor trailers waiting to load up with a fresh harvest of Michigan potatoes. In the bed of the pickup was a well-used 4 by 4 foot wooden crate that would hold 1,500 pounds of potatoes - enough for about 600 bags of chips. After loading, Ed and Chris would drive the 110 miles back to their small plant just outside of Traverse City and begin turning these quality potatoes into hand crafted kettle chips for their new company, Great Lakes Potato Chips.
In 2009, Chris was the owner/operator of a popular restaurant in downtown Traverse City and Ed had recently retired. The idea to make potato chips morphed out of a casual brainstorming session to explore broader opportunities in the retail food market. Potato chips - one of Ed’s favorite food groups - came up. Just for kicks, they took a look at the possibility of making chips and ultimately stumbled on a niche they believed needed filling. Great Lakes Potato Chips was born.
Like most small businesses, sales began with support from the local retailers, but grew quickly throughout the state as Ed and Chris worked the trade show circuit. This exposed their chips to buyers big and small around the Great Lakes Region. During the business’s second year, a 16 foot box truck replaced the pickup and a second refurbished kettle fryer was added to help meet a rapidly growing demand. At this point in time, the company was producing three flavors of kettle chips; Original Sea Salt, Barbeque and Sea Salt and Vinegar.
During the following year, a fourth flavor was added (Salt, Pepper & Onion), a larger delivery truck joined the fleet and a new Tortilla Chip was introduced. Still, demand continued to grow.
The company’s fourth year saw a major expansion of the production facilities. A third fryer was added - twice the size of the other two - and a second high speed bagging line was put into operation. Production capacity tripled and employee count was now at 13.
In 2017, the company grew to over 25 full time employees processing over 100,000 pounds of potatoes per week. Seventeen Distributors supplied a growing list of customers in six states surrounding the Great Lakes as well as Texas, Tennessee, Florida and Canada.
A 1.5 million dollar equipment expansion was added in 2018. This expansion more than doubled production capacity. Additional distribution and sales support were added to the Chicago and Milwaukee markets, and production moved to over 30 million ounces of chips per year.
The company products now include eight permanent flavors of kettle cooked potato chips, and a few seasonal potato chip flavors that are featured from time to time.
The Great lakes Potato Chip brand promise is, “A Great Tasting Chip in Every Bag Every Time.” Their products keep it simple and natural, allowing for their customers to “Snack Happy” with quality products including gluten free offerings.
Great Lakes Potato Chips was named one of the top 50 Michigan companies to watch in 2014 and was voted the #1 Kettle Chip in the Country by the Chicago Tribune newspaper in 2015. They were the recipient of two Gold Ribbon awards for best Kettle Chip and best Tortilla Chip at the 2016 Saratoga Springs NY National Chip Festival. Great Lakes Potato Chips was also awarded the 1st place Growth Award at the Crain’s Business 2016 Annual Food Summit in Detroit Michigan. In 2018, they were named one of the country’s top 2500 small growth business by INC. Magazine.
Stay tuned and follow Great Lakes Potato Chips on Facebook and their website.
RoosRoast is a local Ann Arbor legend. They are the home of Lobster Butter Love and highly caffeinated, freaky people who love coffee. As they say - you could call them drug dealers, but they deal in good vibes, and yes, caffeine. It's not just a business, it's a lifestyle. They roast coffee, sell coffee, and make art.
Here's another thing you should know: their coffee tastes really good. People try RoosRoast coffee and they want it again. And again.
Raising all natural, highest quality, and the best tasting chicken for your family’s table has been the passion of the Miller family for over 40 years! In 1974, Galen Miller and his father made the switch from raising turkeys to raising chickens. Over the decades, Miller Poultry has grown, but still maintains the hands-on approach we are known for. Today the Miller family carefully monitors every step – from the hen house, all the way to the harvesting facility.
What the company processes today is often at your store tomorrow. Miller's goal is to provide the freshest and healthiest chicken available to you. They work hard to produce the best possible poultry in the market today and hope you, your family and friends will enjoy it often.
Al Dente Pasta
Michigan Farm to Freezer
Sheridan Acres' currently operating farmstead was purchased in the 1930's. That's four generations farming the same land. Since the original purchase, the family has been a consistent producer of both navy and black turtle beans.
Since then, they’ve been working to tailor their practices to special "heirloom bean" crops and are having a lot of fun along the way.
They selectively plant limited quantities to ensure that they deliver the freshest, highest quality beans for their customers within a year of harvest. Beans can be stored for years; however, they are of best quality when consumed within a year of harvest.
By the time most beans make it to the kitchen they can be 2 to 3 years old. Because none of Sheridan's beans have had a birthday they will cook faster, show more vibrant color, and have superior flavor.
Bay Port Fish Company
Sleeping Bear Farms
Lake Divide Farm
Fluffy Bottom Farms
Michigan Sugar Company
Since its founding more than a century ago, Michigan Sugar Company has perfected the process of turning one of the region’s largest cash crops—the sugarbeet—into pure, all-natural sugar. As a grower-owned sugar cooperative, its mission is to maximize shareholder value by efficiently producing quality products, from seed to shelf, while enhancing its employees’ future. Farmstop offers Michigan Sugar's Pioneer Sugar brand for our customers' pantries.
Bluestem Farm is a first-generation farm that believes small farms play a pivotal role in the work of preserving local food supplies, decreasing energy consumption, and bringing neighbors together in authentic communities.
Aaron, Mary, and the rest of the crew there learned season-extension and cold-weather farming methods from other farmers. Before Bluestem Farm, they worked on a self-sufficient biodynamic community farm in rural northwestern Russia and a diversified organic raw-milk dairy in northern New England. Even when they lived in New York City, they kept chickens and had a container garden.
Safie Specialty Foods
For almost 90 years, Safie's kitchen has been preserving the robust flavors of Michigan’s harvests, and at Safie Specialty Foods, old world traditions are the rule and not the exception.
The vision of Safie Specialty Foods remains true to classic tradition in creating culinary masterpieces. Their passion for food and love of cooking dictates a level of quality that will never be compromised in the ingredients they use or in the service they provide to their customers.
Belcher's Maple Syrup
The Belcher family has been producing top quality maple syrup for over 60 years. This tradition began during the rationing period of World War II when many commodities, including sugar, were in short supply. As a means to supplement the short supply, Les and Betty Belcher, tapped a few maple trees near their Brighton, MI home, and in a cast iron kettle boiled the water out of the sap until it was maple syrup. It was this sweet syrup that was used in place of sugar. The harvest was so successful that they were able to trade some sugar ration stamps for gasoline stamps.
In 1993, Les' son Jim took over the maple syrup operation. Jim operates the evaporator in much the same way as Les, using wood fuel as a heat source. Jim says, a wood fire is truly an organic way of making good tasting maple syrup. However, in order to keep up with demand and to help keep costs down, a reverse osmosis machine was installed in 2014.
Jim’s conviction that his maple syrup is of high quality was reinforced at the Michigan Maple Syrup Association 2018 winter meeting, where he won First Place and Best of Show with his Amber Rich grade syrup.
Coveyou Scenic Farm
Over the past dozen or so years the farm transitioned once again to grow fruit, vegetables, flowers and seasonal trimmings with a focus on high-quality products that are directly marketed to the public. It is their hope that with your support they can keep this rare family farm operational for another 100 years!
Ebels, operating since 1920, is a USDA approved harvesting facility. They custom cut and smoke meats for various small farms and local producers. Their newest state of the art facility was built in 2004 and processes beef, pork, lamb, and deer.
The Fraser brothers grew up in a family of 11 – all sharing a common appreciation for tea and the culture that surrounds it. Exploring teas turned from passion to a profession when John, Tom and Bernard Fraser after years of study and experimenting with tea decided they could offer healthier more flavorful options. Selecting the finest tea, using only organic ingredients and a delivery method to preserve the health benefits of the product was their goal. Besides extensive study with the International Tea Masters Association, the brothers collaborated with Asian and British Tea masters and herbalists in the perfection of their craft.
Each had his own reason for delving into the world of tea. Bernard developed his appreciation for tea culture as an ordained Catholic priest. He found himself traveling the globe to minister to families in need and aid community efforts. Where ever he went, Bernard discovered the many ways tea brought people together – in social situations, in spiritual ways and for meditation.
When traveling John found himself searching for new, delicious tea flavors. He often purchased iced teas that left him wondering whether he could blend a fresher healthier tea. John began drinking tea and experimenting with his own blends while in college – and has just never stopped.
Tom has been an organic farmer, and nurseryman for 20 years, perfecting the practice of growing vegetables, fruits and herbs in organic, sustainable surroundings. Tom is passionate about creating organic innovative blends that harmonize healthy teas, herbs and organic flavors for your pleasure. Making Fraser Tea an all-organic choice was important to him from the start
Together the Fraser Brothers embarked on a journey to explore tea culture, embracing sustainable farms across the globe who share their high standards of quality, flavor and environmental practices.
With more than 100 varieties and counting, the founders of Fraser Tea blend bold new flavors with fresh organic ingredients to enhance health benefits, mood and lifestyles. Fraser Tea's founders set forth a challenge to think of tea in a new way.
Fusilier Family Farm
Grazing Fields Co-Op is a Michigan, multi-farm cooperative of natural free-range brown eggs and non-GMO pork products. They’ve been delivering great products, all raised by farmers who care since 1997!
Adkin Blue Ribbon Packing
Located minutes away from Lake Michigan’s pristine Southwest Lakeshore in South Haven, Michigan. The lake protects the farmland that was founded in 1899 by Herschel Adkin, one of the original pioneers of the Southwest Michigan Lakeshore area emigrating from England via Canada. Starting out as a peach grower, Herschel started with 240 acres and 5 employees working the land. Within a few years, Herschel became one of the most successful peach growers in Southern Michigan.
Herschel’s son, Roy, took over the farm adding cherries, pears, and apples but struggled during the Great Depression. Through perseverance Roy was able to keep the farm profitable enough to pass it along to his son, Glenn, in the early 1950’s. Glenn was a prolific vegetable and tree fruit farmer. The farm harvested 500 acres of cauliflower and 500 acres of tree fruit. In 1958, Glenn planted the first blueberry bushes at the farm and quickly found that the rich soil and mild lakeshore climate was perfect for his new crop.
By the early 1960s, Glenn increased the blueberry acreage with the advent of the mechanized harvester. In 1965, the farm became incorporated and was re-named Adkin Blue Ribbon Packing Company, Inc. Glenn passed the farm on to his son Randall, who saw a continued opportunity with blueberries and planted additional acreage phasing out fruit trees. By 1981, Randall “picked” the last cherry tree by bulldozer, paving the way to the farm’s future success.
To streamline the production of the fruit and keep up with demand, Randall integrated a state of the art sorter and packing machine to help increase frozen and fresh blueberry production. As blueberry harvest increased, Randall noticed the need to make sure his customers were receiving the safest fruit available from his farm and took the initiative in 1993 to become AIB (American Institute of Baking) certified, receiving and maintaining an excellent rating.
Jake's Country Meats
K & K Farms
Kapnick Orchards has been a family owned business since 1958. Located in Britton, Michigan, near Tecumseh, they opened their first farm market in 1961. During the first fifty years, Kapnick Orchards has seen many changes. It was transformed from a one room store to the larger operation of today.
Not only has the size grown, but also so has the product line. The farm grows a large variety of fruits & vegetables, and now features a bakery and cider mill for its guests who make the trip southward. They even make fudge and apple butter on the premises. Fall is a great time at Kapnick Orchards to enjoy u-pick apples and pumpkins, tours, and wagon rides - though the main feature is the annual Apple Festival in October.
Mama Mucci's Pasta
Margherita “Mama” Mucci is the personification of the company. Born in Montelongo, Italy (Molise region), she learned the art of creating fresh pasta from her mother. Lovingly, she has passed on the family secrets to her sons, Vincenzo and Francesco. This devotion to their heritage and the old world methods that made Italian pasta famous is instilled in the legacy of Mama Mucci’s Pasta. In the beginning, the family had a dream to share their pasta so others could enjoy it as much as they did growing up. Their journey began in the basement of their family home in Plymouth, Michigan, and from there has developed into a state of the art facility in Canton, Michigan. Centuries old, kneading and rolling techniques are used to ensure the superior taste and firm texture of true authentic home-style pasta.
In 2006, using their great grandmother Lala's recipe, the brothers started McClure's. They grew up in Michigan making pickles every summer with their family. Bob having moved away to New York working as an actor and Joe pursuing a career in classical guitar and a PhD remained in Detroit. They decided to dust off the old family recipe and give it a shot as a business and started making the original pickle recipe in Brooklyn, NY and Detroit, MI. They continued to grow the business and in 2009 brought all manufacturing back to Michigan. They love meeting people from around the globe who share their family stories with us and where they've seen their products.
Hackert Family Farms
Michigan Turkey Producers Co-Op
Middle Branch Farm
Second Spring Farm
Second Spring Farm is a certified organic vegetable farm located between Traverse City and Cedar, Michigan on the beautiful Leelanau peninsula. In addition to 40 acres of organic vegetables, the farm also raises free-range eggs and pastured pork. Founded in 2008, the farm strives to produce some of the most delicious, nutritious, and beautiful vegetables in northern Michigan. Second Spring prides itself on the quality and flavors that keep their devoted customers coming back every season.
Wunsch Farms is a third-generation orchard, located on Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan. Predominantly growing apples & cherries, Wunsch provides fresh produce including cherries, as well as apples for cider making in the fall!