Krohne Farms has been providing fresh asparagus and strawberries to the Dowagiac and Sister Lakes area for more 40 years, but its story began long before that.
The family farm was started in the 1880s producing a little bit of everything from grain and produce, to livestock. The first vineyard of concord grapes was planted in 1907. The Krohnes have been members of the National Grape Co-op, producing grapes for Welch’s for nearly 40 years. Prior to the early-1900s, they shipped their grapes to wineries as far away as New York.
Strawberries have been grown on the land since the 1940s with asparagus added in the 1980s. In addition to producing the fruit, the nursery at Krohne Farms has provided strawberry plants and asparagus crowns to large growers and home gardeners since the 1970s. As a niche nursery, the farm is able to provide the highest quality fresh strawberries and asparagus, as well as many different varieties to extend Michigan’s growing season. They also offer their customers a new selection each time they come.
Krohne Farms is open daily in May from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with asparagus and then in June with strawberries. When you visit the farm stand, you’re likely to meet one of four generations currently working the farm. Family members are always happy to answer questions about their farm and products.
In addition to a rich history of farming, owner Bill Krohne has been active in collecting and restoring Round Oak Stoves, produced in Dowagiac, for most of his life. Many of his restored stoves and collectables are available on display at the Dowagiac Area History Museum.