Matt and Carissa Visser started Isadore Farm in 2008. Isadore Farm lies west of the four corners of the historic settlement of Isadore, just north of the town of Cedar in Leelanau County Michigan. They bought the land as vacant property and have since been working hard to transform the open land into a farm and a home. Since 2008 they’ve personally built a barn, a house, a greenhouse and a root cellar, and have opened up fields for cultivation.
Their decision to start a farm stemmed from a love of good food, organic gardening, and a desire to have a career in which they could work together. As a couple they made the leap from avid backyard gardeners to small scale farmers. They are thrilled to have the opportunity to create this new farm in the most beautiful part of the state of Michigan.
Matt and Carissa don’t feel like they made a choice to farm organically. Organic farming is all they know, and in their opinion, it’s the only reasonable way to produce food. Their farm has been certified organic since its inception.
Isadore Farm currently supplies many items to the Oryana produce department, and is starting to supply the Lake St. Kitchen as well. As of 2012 they grow arugula, basil, carrots, cilantro, eggplant, kale, onions, parsley, sugar snap peas, sweet red peppers, salad mix, and cherry tomatoes for Oryana.
In addition to what they grow for Oryana, the Vissers grow a wide variety of produce which is available at four farmers markets per week in the height of the season. They also have a small flock of laying hens which provide organic eggs for the farmers markets. You can find them in Traverse City, Glen Arbor, and Sutton’s Bay.
For more information and photos of their farm please visit their website www.isadorefarm.com.