Along came an opportunity that I half-heartedly took in August 2005, a roadside stand selling peaches. A few years later in 2008 came the vision and passion for what I could be, a winery. But way before any of this came a rich farming history.
My family has been farming in Oceana County for seven generations. My parents, Michael & Lorraine Chase along with my grandparents, Miles & Lena Chase, were frozen food processors (Chase Farms, Inc.) and fruit & vegetable farmers. My great-grandparents, Elwin & Zoa Chase were dairy & grain farmers as well as my great-great grandparents Cynthia & Ernest Chase. Cynthia arrived here as a child along with her mother, Julia, when my great-great-great-great grandparents, Hazen & Jerusha Leavitt homesteaded in Oceana County in Leavitt township in the 1860’s.
I spent my childhood around many aspects of farming. From picking asparagus to packaging fresh cut zucchini. Many of the tasks I did not like but am grateful now for all it has taught me about how the food we grow gets to our table.
In 1991 I married Todd Fox and he too has a rich farming history in Oceana County. His parents Bruce & Kathy are retired, but Bruce finds himself on the farm frequently. His grandparents, Roy & Ruth managed operations prior. His great-grandparents, N.J. & Edith Fox founded the company in 1947. Todd & I purchased the farm in 2012. Todd manages the business that encompasses 1800 acres of farmland in production, fresh apple packing facility & trucking company. The next generation is making its mark as our son, Noah (N.J.) and his wife, Kayleigh, are living & working on the farm.
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physical address: 500 S 18th Ave Shelby MI 49455
mailing address: PO Box 397 Shelby MI 49455