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2017 - The Year In Review


Heart made of peppers

No one has better customers than me - no one!  I should've counted the HUGS -- HUGS!!! Who's lucky and blessed enough to get hugs from their customers? ME! I am! 9 out of 10 people that walked onto this property left with a hug! Hugs are what I will remember about the 2017 season.

I will remember so many returning customers that said, "I had the best garden last year!"

I will remember all the new customers.

I will remember the enthusiasm.

This is what will carry me. These are the memories that will make me do better, work harder, evaluate trial varieties more discerningly.

YOU are the reason I do what I do.

So, thank you. Thank you for coming back - for sharing Michigan Heirlooms.

God bless.


I shouldn't have gone in hindsight. But, I wanted to soooo bad. Ya see, there was this seed swap that was hosted by one of my dear friends and she was had worked so hard on it...

I thought that I had covered my bases. I had dropped (planted) the peppers before I left.

Came back home.... ZERO germination.

"Oh, they'll pop."

(...... still checking.)

Nothing. Zero germination.

"OH SH*T! I'm in trouble."

By the time I realized the error(s) of my way, it was too late.

I ended up driving 12 hours to a 'reputable' organic greenhouse and buying almost their entire stock.

(*** Shew.... that was close.***)


That's not the way it was going to go down. In fact, the way it went down was that I brought back an STD -- aphids. Not just aphids - but aphids on steroids.


I'm sorry.

I'm sorry that I let you down. I'm sorry that you didn't get the peppers you ordered.  I'm sorry about the whole damn situation. IT WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN.

Seems like every year, I fail (why is this?).  And from these failures (and your graciousness), I learn. I become a better grower. I thank you. Keep trusting me! I will continue to do the best by and for you!


WHAT A GREAT DAY! So many people, so many vendors, so many tomatoes to be tasted!

Tomato Fest 2017
My seedy friends! (L to R) Jim, Pam, Ben, Vicky, Heather, Tara, Me and Remy!

Learn more about TomatoFest event held every other August by clicking here!

In Memory of Jesse Ernst

November 19, 1956 - January 2, 2018

Jesse Ernst

The kindest, most loving and forgiving man I ever knew earned his wings on January 2nd, 2018.

He was more than my ex-husband and children's father - he was my friend. We spent 30 years together. He built the first greenhouse that would eventually become 'Michigan Heirlooms' for me. He loved what 'I did'.

Many will remember him rambling around and fixing this or fixing that, during selling season.

Rest in peace, Jess. I will miss you every single day. Thank you for sharing your life with me.

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