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Lake Breeze Organics is a family owned and operated certified organic farm located near the eastern shores of Lake Michigan. Here in Southwest Michigan the climate allows us to cultivate a broad range of specialty crops.  The water is clean and pure drawn from an aquifer 200 feet below sand, rock, and clay. The water quality is unlike any other we have seen in Michigan. This pure water is used to irrigate fields and to wash greens. Our greens always come washed and dried.

At Lake Breeze Organics we now have over 16 acres in mixed certified organic production. As a part of our long term crop rotation we have some of these acres in cover crops at all times. We have both been passionate seed collectors for many years and are always in search of the very best heirlooms from around the world. Many years of growing experience has allowed us to create an all-star list of produce that has been proven to perform in our area. Our specialty crops are tried and tested in smaller quantities before we grow them on a larger scale. Each year we experiment with many new varieties and only a few make the permanent planting list. We offer a wide variety of specialty fruits and vegetables including blueberries, strawberries, apples, cherries, Asian pears, peaches and more.  We are working with a few other organic farmers in Michigan to successfully grow organic stone fruit in small scale orchards. Each year we grow at least 50 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, a long list of hard to find gourmet greens, high quality herbs, and specialty vegetable crops from around the world.

We believe in growing nutrient dense produce that is only possible by taking the time to nurture the soil. We use sustainable practices on our farm that include making high quality composts from a mix of different cover crops that are grown on our land. Our green manure composts help us to replenish the soil greatly reducing the need for expensive  organic  fertilizers that are shipped long distances. Fertilizers only feed the plant and not the soil. They also must be applied over and over again. It is our philosophy to feed the soil first and then the plant if necessary.  Food with superior taste comes from soil that is alive. It is believed that healthy soils provide the correct balance of nutrients for plants to slowly feed on. Crops can be grown by applying large amounts of fertilizer but the end result is a product high in nitrogen and low in taste. This is why it is very difficult to replicate the home garden taste on a large commercial scale. Large growers are not willing to spend the time and money needed to feed the land. They choose to feed the plants only.

Our produce is sold at the Saturday Evanston Farmers market, a few restaurants, and through our Summer CSA program. Our CSA features drop locations in Chicago and Evanston Illinois.  CSA shares are delivered weekly from June through September and include organic fruit at no extra charge.

It is our goal to provide local organic produce to communities in need of real health food. Our crop selections show our passion for quality produce. We hope you enjoy our food as much as we do. For more information on special events and produce sales, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.

Photo(s) added: Watermelon radish and Chinese broccoli, Justin helping to plant garlic, Part of our market team, Delicious Nasturtium flowers, Justin collecting duck eggs, Danika and Justin, IncrediblJanuary 4th, 2016

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New recipe: Creamy potato sorrel soupOctober 28th, 2015

2 large kennebec potatoes 1/4lb sorrel leaves 4 Cups Chicken broth or water 1/2 bunch of parcelery Salt to taste 2 chopped scallions and sour cream for garnish Wash and chop potatoes. Boil in broth or

Photo(s) added: Sorrel soup, Thanksgiving Basket, Another New Photo, Another New Photo, Fall blackberriesOctober 28th, 2015

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Find us November - April 

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Evanston’s Community Indoor Farmers’ Market

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Immanuel Lutheran Church 

Market is 9am- 1pm

Join our mailing list to place an order for greens as they sell out quickly this time of year!

Rick Bayless: the celebrity chef who supports local farms

https://www.theguardian.com/personal-investments/ng-interactive/2017/feb/28/rick-bayless-chef-farms-local-organic-foundation 

 How can we support local farms?

Frequent farmers markets...“That’s the best support you can do,” says Rick. Consider this: food in the US tends to have traveled hundreds of miles from its point of origin to your plate. Think of all that packaging and the fossil fuels used in transport, plus the conventional agriculture methods used in production. Food at farmers markets tends to have traveled shorter distances and has been grown using environmentally friendly methods.

Participate in CSAs...In a CSA, farms allow consumers to buy shares in exchange for select produce every week. It gives the farms a consistent revenue stream, instead of having to depend on farmers markets. “It also forces you as the consumer to get to know ingredients that you might not buy at a farmers market,” says Rick. “So you get to have some new experiences, and it gives the farm the opportunity to count on you on a long-term basis.”



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Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.
~Hippocrates

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