Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

Dirtier than ever….

The Skeba family farm on Lake Leelanau in Cedar, Michigan. I spent the weekend with my best friend and sowed a cut flower garden for the upcoming farmer's market season.

A view of Lake Leelanau from the cherry orchard.

The cherry orchard in the final stages of bloom.

The east end of the farm features Lake Leelanua.

Jack-in-the-pulpit. The woods were filled with these and a billion other types of NATIVE woodland wildflowers.

Tearing through the woods between hunting for morel mushrooms.

Morel mushrooms

A neighboring farm


8 responses

  1. Amy

    Looks like you had a fun weekend!

    May 23, 2011 at 7:08 am

    • melissakoski

      So beautiful and relaxing despite the hard work!

      May 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm

  2. Rie Hower

    Yum morels!! Great weekend, love your photos!

    May 23, 2011 at 8:38 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks! Love your rabbit photos- amazing! Missed you at camp ):

      May 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm

  3. Sue McB

    What a beautiful place. Love the barn shot…

    May 23, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Sue. I wished the sun was out when I took the photo though. It’s such a wonderful place!

      May 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm

  4. Carlos Cruz Jr.

    I’m 60 years old now but back when I was around 13 years old we picked strawberries and cherries for an Ed Skeba in Cedar Mi. this looks like the same Skeba farm. He had a daughter I beleive by the name of Mary Lou who grew up to be a teacher. Is there a two story house direcrectly across the street with a green apple tree on the front lawn and a couple of other buildings? We would walk down an dirt road to Lake Leelanau about a 1/2 mile from the house and borrow Mr. Skeba’s row boat and go on the lake.. We also went swimming. There were also a few summer cottages by the lake. I’m from the Dallas Texas area and visited Cedar and the Skeba farm back in around 1998 and everything looked the same. I visited with Mr. Skeba and his wife and they let me go through the house that we lived in across the street from their farm. A very beautiful place! I have very fond memories of the few summers that we were there. Again, it sure looks like the same place.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    • melissakoski

      SO COOL! I’m sure it’s the same farm! (: And the daughter’s name is Betty Lou. What a great memory you have Carlos!

      The house across the street is still standing and it still looks the same. The field next to the barns is newly filled with blueberry bushes. Both the Skeba “kids” have homes near the lakeshore now. The apple tree is still there, but looking its age after this past winter. ):

      Carlos how wonderful to stumble across pictures from Skeba Farms. It’s so amazing to read your comments and be able to clearly picture your memories! This is my best and most favorite comment ever!

      June 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm


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