Amazingly, I’m posting AGAIN. Two posts on the same day! Your mind, it boggles! But I did want to bring the plight of a local farm to the attention of my flist… perhaps you can assist, and enjoy some minty goodness, too!

Here’s the info from our local paper, the Lansing State Journal.

St. Johns Mint Farm Falls Short But Raises $78,000

ST. JOHNS – The country’s oldest mint farm was peppered with revenue Saturday, but not enough to stop it from closing.

Jim Crosby, 42, said there are 59,000 bottles of farm-distilled peppermint and spearmint oil left to sell. However, he hopes the spike in clientele – roughly 1,054 new clients in 24 hours and $78,000 in profits from the last three weeks – is enough to make a legal case to keep the doors open.

Crosby is close to losing the farm to foreclosure. His lender, Greenstone Farm Credit Services, reserves the right to liquidate assets because not enough to cover the $348,000 debt was raked in, Crosby said. “In theory, they can come in and do repossession and confiscate everything. But at this point, we don’t know what we’re going to do,” Crosby said of his 140-acre farm in St. Johns.

But Crosby remains hopeful, he said, because customers from as far away as Denmark bought oils online for anything from sinus problem relief to aromatic massages.

“I’m the optimist. I know we’re going to do this,” Crosby said. The new customers encourage his faith that the farm, which his great-grandfather started in 1912, will make it, he said. “I’ve always offered a money-back guarantee, and I’ve never given money back. I never had to.”

This is a reader comment to the above story:

The farm was auctioned and bought for $348,000. The farmers have a timeframe to pay that off. They were trying to sell all their stock to do so. In 4 or 5 days, they’ve sold more than 15,500 drams of oil toward their goal. If they can show the bank that they can produce, the bank may give them more time.

According to the previous article, there were deaths in the family, leaving one farmer to take care of two farms alone. Now, his sister has joined him, and they’re trying to climb back out.

I encourage anyone who can to go to their website www.getmint.com and order a bottle or two. Great for Christmas candy making, and natural healing properties. They’re only $5 /ea+S&H. A small price to help out a fellow human.

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Lori Alden Holuta


Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.


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