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Herbal Tinctures (available for shipping): Our tinctures are made from herbs, medicinal mushrooms, and propolis grown or foraged right here on the farm. We use a dual-extraction process in small batches to ensure high quality and efficacy (see below for more details). We offer a variety of tinctures, including medicinal mushrooms (chaga, turkey tail, birch polypore, artist conk, and hemlock varnish shelf), herbs (tulsi, dandelion, motherwort, yarrow, rosemary, heal all), and propolis from our honey bees.

CSA Produce Shares (local pickup only): Our 16 week (mid-June through mid-October) Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce shares feature seasonal produce, herbs, fruit, mushrooms, and fresh apple cider. We offer a limited number of half and full shares. Reserve yours before they're gone!

Perennial Plants (local pickup only): We offer several perennial plants for sale in late spring, including live cuttings from our elderberry, gooseberry, currants, and concord grape, as well as root cuttings from our comfrey (Bocking 14). These are hardy permaculture plants that are edible and/or have medicinal properties. All plants are grown without chemicals using regenerating farming practices that prioritize healthy soils to ensure healthy plants.

The Sustainable Happiness Guide (ebook) distills down the key insights and lessons Heather took away from her year-long Sustainably Happy Project. It outlines the ten every day practices she found most valuable from her research and experiments in developing a sustainably happy mindset.

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Tinctures are concentrated herbal extracts with various health properties depending on the medicinal herb being used. Our tinctures are extracted using neutral solvents (grain alcohol) and are produced from herbs (including medicinal mushrooms and honey bee propolis) grown or foraged right here on Apple Acres Farm.

Each tincture is produced using a dual-extraction process in small batches to ensure high quality and efficacy (see the box below for details about dual-extraction). The dual extraction process extracts the full spectrum of beneficial components from the raw herbs and is considered to be the most effective method.

While tinctures are more concentrated and can provide better nutrient and phytochemical uptake, teas and stronger (non-alcoholic) decoctions can be made with the same herbs. Herbal tinctures can be a healthy addition to a daily wellness routine thanks to their ability to support our bodies natural healing response. The effects of each tincture will depend on the amount and frequency taken as well as the individual taking them.

We harvest our herbs when the phytochemical compounds are at their peak. We take great care to ensure we are sustainably harvesting these valuable herbs, particularly our wild medicinal mushrooms that are an  important component of the forest ecosystem.

While Heather has a PhD and is a Wild Mushroom Expert (as certified by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development), she is not a medical professional. Every person is different and you should always consult your own certified health care practitioner for advice on appropriate use for your personal needs.

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The Dual Extraction Process

Our tinctures are dual-extracted to get the full spectrum of compounds of each herb. The dual extraction process captures both the water-soluble and alcohol-soluble compounds.


We begin by grinding or finely chopping the herbs to ensure maximum surface area and then add them to grain alcohol. The alcohol-based extraction lasts for six to eight weeks. After the alcohol extraction process is complete, we prepare a hot water extraction using new herbs. The alcohol extract is then combined with the water extract to achieve a 30-40 proof tincture (the final proof depends on the herb being extracted).

Tincture Usage

Tinctures can be taken directly by the dropper or diluted in tea, water, or foods. If taken directly, you may wish to take it under your tongue or on the tongue if you find the taste agreeable.

The dosage recommended for wellness purposes is typically one dropperful per day. It is highly recommended to start with one or two drops when first using any new tincture.

These products and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Reported uses for these herbal remedies are not FDA approved.

Our tinctures are made in a facility that is not inspected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.

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