Raspberries fill a unique niche for local family

Linda Gallagher, Associate Editor

Courtesy photo

Stacy Cole is pictured with a sampling of the bountiful fall raspberries grown at Cole’s Farm. This is the first year that the family has been successful enough with their new crop to offer them for retail sale. 

MANCELONA – Throughout their 19 years of marriage, Stacy and Triston Cole have grown a lot of crops including strawberries, shitaki mushrooms and truckloads of vegetables. A few years ago the couple was looking for a crop to help their three growing daughters learn more about farming. As a result, they planted a half-acre of raspberries.

Not just any raspberries, however. The Coles are growing big, beautiful, lush, fall raspberries, which are an "everbearing" fruit, meaning that the bushes will produce fruit from early August through early October in northern Michigan. 

And after a rough start, the Cole family now has their first crop for retail sale from their home at 241 E. Eddy School Road east of Bellaire.

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