Steve and Bridget have been married for 19 years and are raising their 6 children on their family's farm. After serving in the military--Steve in the Marine Corps and Bridget in the Army Nurse Corps, they decided to move back to Steve's family's farm to raise their family. Steve and Bridget have 6 children who on the summer months also help on the farm. The Tennes family and Country Mill Farm strive to "Glorify God by facilitating family fun on the farm and feeding families." As a working farm, the farm is open to the public from the end of July-October. We grow blueberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, squash and ornamental corn. There is a farm market that makes hot fresh donuts, pies, presses cider, and has a winery. Customers are able to come purchase a bag to pick fruit, enjoy a walk on the farm and make special memories.
During the open farm season there are alpacas, chickens and sometimes turkeys. You may bring pets to come with you. If it is a service animal, they are welcome to go with you around the farm. Although we love animals, the USDA restricts access to pets on our farm. You are welcome to walk your pets around the spacious grassy parking lot.
When we are not traveling ourselves, we are on the farm at the Country Mill. We have a beautiful landscape--an orchard of trees, a serene pond to picnic at and one of our favorite things--running trails--some that can be challenging with a few steep hills, or your choice of a smoother peaceful walk on the farm.
My husband and I were set up to stay August 5th. I contacted them in the morning and told them of my arrival time of around 7:30-8:00 p.m. Asked if that would be too late or if it was OK. We had a lot of traffic at the Sleeping Bear Dunes which put us behind schedule by about 1 hour. So, we arrived at 7:45 p.m. All gates were locked. I called the phone number only to have to leave a message. I explained that we were there to stay but I wasn't sure what to do as the gates were closed. In the message to me earlier, it said to go to one of the two gates that was open and go on in. Neither were open. There was a man driving a vehicle around the property and he started to head toward us, then went into a barn and never came back out. I'm quite sure he saw us trying to get in. We waited a little while in hopes of a return call, but nothing. So.. we had a decision to make. It was already 8:00 p.m. and we had a 3-1/2 hour drive home. Do we try to just go to a Cracker Barrel, or just try to make it home. We decided to drive as far as we could (which ended up being the rest of the way home). We arrived home, exhausted about 11:30 p.m. This was our first boondocking experience and I have to admit, it was not a very positive one. Not sure if we will try this again in the future. I was so looking forward to enjoying the next day at their mill, buying blueberries and possibly peaches and sunflowers. To say I was disappointed is an understatement.