2017 Value-added Agricultural Producer Award – Mud Lake Farm - vTomb

2017 Value-added Agricultural Producer Award – Mud Lake Farm

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Learn how the MSU Product Center helped a family farm business looking for a larger market base with marketing and food science issues. The Value-added Agricultural Producer Award recognizes a farm business that has attained excellence in adding value to a raw agricultural product outside of traditional commodity production and increased the profitability of the farm. It showcases Michigan agriculture with its diversity and the economic benefits that can be derived from entrepreneurial endeavors. This year’s award was presented to Kris and Steven Haitsma of Mud Lake Farm.

Mud Lake Farm specializes in greens, micro-greens and herbs for specialty markets selling to restaurants and through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). They are interested in sustainability and utilize biomass-heated hydroponic greenhouses for year-round production.

In 2014, they added a processing room and began selling handcrafted cordials made from elderflowers and ginger grown on the farm. In the past year, they began canning craft sodas from their cordials under the name St. Steve’s Cordials and Sodas. The customer reaction has been very strong and the cordials and sodas are now carried in over 90 locations in Michigan and are shipped across the country through website sales.

Find out more on how the MSU Product Center can help increase your company’s profitability and expand opportunity outside your current business offering at http://www.canr.msu.edu/productcenter/assistance/.

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