Products and Producers

The Argus Farm Stop's goal is to provide a robust all-local shopping experience. We have an extensive team of local producers, as listed under the following categories:

Farms and Produce

WHAT?  Can it be February in Michigan?  And here is our lovely locally-grown produce!

WHAT?  Can it be February in Michigan?  And here is our lovely locally-grown produce!

An example of our produce displays.  You can learn about the farm's practices easily and clearly.  If you want to know more, just ask a staffer!

An example of our produce displays.  You can learn about the farm's practices easily and clearly.  If you want to know more, just ask a staffer!

We have a wide array of locally made cheeses, made from local cow's sheep's and goat's milk!!!

We have a wide array of locally made cheeses, made from local cow's sheep's and goat's milk!!!

 

Calder Dairy in Lincoln Park, MI

Four Corners Creamery in Tecumseh, MI

Fluffy Bottom Farm in Chelsea, MI

Moo-Ville in Nashville, MI

Sunny Meadows in Homer, MI

Eggs

Note:   Argus is working with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) to expand egg sales in the store.  MDARD requires that we sell only eggs that are licensed for sale in grocery stores, not in the farmer's market environment that we have created with ourmodel.   We are working to find a way to help small farmers sell the same eggs that they sell at farmer's markets at Argus.

·         Argus has become a reliable, every day source for local eggs (chicken, duck and even quail and goose) from local farms.  In 2015 alone local farms sold over $45,000 of local eggs at Argus, a tremendous boost to the local food economy.   
·         MDARD has determined that only farms which are inspected and licensed can sell their egg sales at Argus.

·         This is a licensing/ regulation issue, not a food safety issue.  The eggs sold at Argus are the very same eggs that are currently perfectly fine to be sold by farmers in other outlets.
·         We are concerned about the financial burden this will place on farms.  One producer estimated that it would cost over $20,000 to meet this requirement.  This is simply impossible for most of our smaller farms.
·         Argus remains focused on improving the economic sustainability of farming, where farmers cannot both farm and be absent from the farm to sell their products.

We have as many as 20 farms represented in our egg cooler!  Find your favorites!!!

We have as many as 20 farms represented in our egg cooler!  Find your favorites!!!

Yes, we have fish and even shrimp from the Great State of Michigan!!!!  And a wide range of meats as well!

Yes, we have fish and even shrimp from the Great State of Michigan!!!!  And a wide range of meats as well!

'Nuff said....

'Nuff said....

It wouldn't be a complete shopping experience without staple goods and prepared foods, would it?

It wouldn't be a complete shopping experience without staple goods and prepared foods, would it?

One of our farms, The Land Loom - growing spinach in December 2015!    

One of our farms, The Land Loom - growing spinach in December 2015!

 

 

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