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Apple Acres Farm

Online Farm Store

CSA Shares | Plants | Happiness eBook | Herbal Tinctures

Hello there! Welcome to our online farm store. For those in the Houghton/Hancock area, we host a farm stand and (free) skill share each Friday from late May through late September where you can pick up our seasonal farm products. 

Our farm store offerings vary year to year, but we always have our dozen or so herbal tinctures, which are produced from herbs grown or foraged right here on Apple Acres Farm. These include 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.

New in 2023, we are offering a limited number of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares. These include typical produce shares but we are also offering egg shares, maple syrup shares, and herbal tincture shares. Reserve yours before they're gone!

Also new in 2023, we have several perennial plants for sale, including live cuttings from our elderberry, gooseberry, and currants, 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 using regenerating farming practices that ensure our crops are grown on healthy soil and without chemicals.

The Sustainable Happiness Guide 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.

Have questions? Send us an email at hello @ appleacres.farm

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HERBAL TINCTURES

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.

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Each tincture is produced using a dual-extraction process in small batches to ensure high quality and efficacy. 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.

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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.

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While Heather has a PhD and is a Professional 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 (this includes medicinal mushrooms and honey bee propolis). The dual extraction process captures both the water-soluble and alcohol-soluble compounds.

 

We begin by grinding or finely chopping the herbs before adding to grain alcohol in order to proceed with the six week alcohol extraction process. After six weeks we prepare a hot water extraction that is then combined with the alcohol extract to achieve a 60 proof tincture.

The dual extraction process extracts the full spectrum of beneficial components from the raw herbs and is considered to be the most effective method.

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 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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