In 1971, at the age of 7, Joanne Schmidt Galloway, moved with her family to the farm settled by the Smith Family in the 1880’s. Forrest and Violet most recently operated the small dairy farm living in a new ranch style house they built in 1960. The Schmidt’s added beef cattle, sheep and a couple sows to the operation. They also acquired additional parcels of land overtime, one of which included a second large cattle barn on 80 acres. In the 1970’s, Keith Schmidt added a large pole building and the ‘New Barn’ built completely from lumber from the farm. The original farmhouse was relocated onto a new foundation to serve as a farrowing barn downstairs and a chicken barn upstairs. The three bedrooms upstairs lend themselves nicely to a laying flock and a couple groups of meat birds.
In 1999, after attending college near Grand Rapids and living in central Michigan as a young adult, Joanne and Gary Galloway purchased the farm from Joanne’s parents, excited for new careers and the opportunity to raise their family in Joanne’s ‘hometown!’ Their ‘family’ is now young adults, each on their own successful track and Joanne and Gary are ready to ‘retire’ and see what the rest of their life has to offer!
They are making the Red Clay Ranch available to the next generation!
Galloway’s Red Clay Ranch, aptly named for the farm’s predominant soil type has developed strong name recognition and a reputation for producing quality meats, quality feeder cattle, vegetables and hay.
Feeder Cattle - Each May, we market approx 30 5-700# feeder calves through the Northern Michigan Livestock Auction. We have developed a strong following through our nuanced marketing strategy typically topping the sale.
Custom Meat - We market 10-15 grass fed beef per year for family freezers in the region. Additionally, we sell a few lambs and upwards of 60 finished hogs, freezer ready.
Les Cheneaux Farmer’s & Artisan’s Market - Galloway’s Red Clay Ranch is the red meat specialist at the year-round weekly market. In season, we add seasonal vegetables from our four gardens. There is plenty or room for growth with this market.
Vegetable Production - In our sixth year with our season extension program and hoop house. Each year, we have added additional garden space now featuring (5) 50’ x 70’ gardens.
Hay - For over 15 years, we offered 200-300 tons of hay each year in small square bales. We have had a priority relationship with our square bale hay broker. We are transitioning to all round bales, but one could easily pick up that square bale relationship.
Social Media - @Galloway’s Red Clay Ranch on Facebook and Instagram has a strong following, a notable online presence. Galloway’s Red Clay Ranch Sault Delivery Group is a proven method of communicating with our customer base in and around Sault Ste Marie.
On Farm Market - We have featured a once a week on farm market during the heat of vegetable production. There is a lot of room for growth in this area.
Restaurant supply - We currently have three restaurants featuring our grass fed beef, two on Mackinac Island and one in Mackinaw City. There is good potential for growth in the restaurant sector at this time.
DBA: We have a DBA filed with Chippewa County, Michigan for both Galloway’s Red Clay Ranch and Red Clay Ranch
Business/ Institutions we do business with:
Rudyard Area Schools
Mustang on Mackinac
Huron Street Pub
Paddle Hard North
Les Cheneaux Culinary School
Campbell Hay & Forestry
Organizations we have working relationships with:
Mackinac Economic Alliance
Les Cheneaux Farmers and Artisans Market
Les Cheneaux Community Foundation
Rudyard Area Schools
Bayside Market, St Ignace
Taste the Local Difference
EUP Food Hub
MDARD’s Upper Peninsula Economic Development consultant
Additional area farmers markets:
DeTour Village Market
Pickford Farmer’s Market
Sault Farmer’s Market - Summer
Sault Winter Market
Bay Mill’s Farmers Market
Overview of customer list:
We have a twenty year collection of names, address, phone for everyone who has purchased custom processed meat from us. We service approx 100 households per year. This list will be transferred to the new owner.
Land Rental Agreements:
We have land rental agreements with four property owners. This informations will be released to the new owners.
We have a current Michigan food service Retail Establishment Warehouse license for the area where we store frozen meat.
Our retail cuts of beef, pork, and lamb are processes by Ebel’s a USDA licensed processor and labeled with the USDA bug.
No other licenses are required.
We have a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gallowaysredclayranch/?ref=bookmarks
A Sault delivery Facebook group:
An Instagram account:
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All vegetable scraps are either composted in a separate compost pile, incorporated into the manure pile, or in-row composted 1’ deep in a garden.
All stalky vegetation or vegetation that is diseased is burned ¼ mile away from gardens.
Small carcasses are composted. Large carcasses are buried.
Motor oil is collected into a 50 gallon drum. It is picked up by a vendor who uses it for heat.
All gasoline and diesel fuel is stored in above ground tanks installed 18 years ago.
No glyphosate (Round Up) has been applied on this farm in the past 20 years. No pesticides have been applied on this farm anytime to our knowledge. Annually, a select field, seeded with grain and hay crop, has commercial fertilizer applied in select crop years.
In season vegetables: greens, onions, spinach, collards, swiss chard, snow peas, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, sweet corn, summer squash, winter squash, potatoes, garlic, and pumpkins. These are marketed mostly through the Les Cheneaux Farmers & Artisans Market.
Hay: For 18 years, we produced 200-300 tons of hay that was packaged as small square bales and marketed to the southeastern US region. A new owner could either develop a round bale market within Michigan or reestablish the square bale relationship.
Meat: beef, pork, and lamb by the half, quarter or mixed package. Individual cuts are also offered at the Les Cheneaux Farmers & Artisans Market year round.
Eggs and meat chickens: We retired these two offerings two years ago. Both are complimentary offerings to the other consumer direct products we offer.
Terms and Conditions of Online Only Real Estate Auction
This online only auction is subject to Seller and/or lender confirmation and is a cash sale not contingent on or subject to financing, appraisal, survey, or inspections of any/or kind, as agreed to by bidders at registration prior to bidding and specified in the Agreement to Purchase Real Estate (the Contract) to which these terms and conditions are attached.
Once you place a bid, it cannot be removed, even if you have bid incorrectly. Therefore, please check and verify your bids before submitting.
Bidding increments are as follows:
$200 - $1000 = $25
$1,000 - $10,000 = $100
$10,000 - $25,000 = $500
$25,000 - $500,000 = $1,000
$500,000 - $1,000,000 = $5,000
$1,000,000 and up = $10,000
Be advised that a Buyer’s Premium of 10% is added to the high bid. Please take this into consideration when bidding. For example: if the final bid price on a property is $100,000.00, then add the 10% buyer’s premium of $10,000.00 to get a final purchase price of $110,000. This is then the actual sales price that will be used on the Purchase Agreement, and the amount upon which transfer tax and title insurance are based. At the close of the auction, the successful Bidder will be emailed a Contract to be executed and returned to Sheridan Realty & Auction Co. within Forty-Eight (48) hours.
The high bidder will then deposit earnest money of 10% of the total sale price in the form of a cashier’s check or wire transfer to Sheridan Realty & Auction Co. within Forty-Eight (48) hours of the completion of the auction. The earnest money deposit is non-refundable. The entirety of the remaining balance (90% of the total sale price) is due at closing on or before Forty-Five (45) days from Auction Day. Buyer will be responsible for all wire transfers. If the Purchase Agreement is not accepted by the Seller and/or Lender, the Buyer will receive a full refund of their earnest deposit as soon as practicable.
Successful Bidders that do not execute and return their Contract with an Earnest Money deposit within Forty-Eight (48) hours of the conclusion of the auction will be considered in default. If a closing on the Real Property is delayed for any reason, Buyer, or other parties working on your behalf, including any lender you involve, you may be declared in breach of the Contract, forfeit all deposits made, and could be held liable for any and all costs incurred by Seller and Sheridan Realty & Auction Co. incurred in a subsequent resale of the property.
Per the Purchase Agreement, time is of the essence; you should proceed to closing within Forty-Five (45) days. Possession shall be given to the successful Buyer(s) at closing, except Tract 1, which will be 15 days after closing. All closing fees charged by the Title Company are shared equally between Buyer(s) and Seller(s).
Buyer(s) must be prepared to make a cash offer. There are no contingencies to this sale (i.e. financing, appraisal, repairs, or inspections), but for Seller(s) and/or Lender approval (referenced above). Therefore, Bidders should be “pre-qualified” by a lender (if you require financing) prior to submitting a bid. The property is being sold for cash “as-is, where-is” without representation or warranty of any kind. Buyer agrees to accept in its present condition, Real Property, including any personal property items not taken by Seller(s).
Sheridan Realty & Auction Co. (Sheridan) reserves the right to remove or cancel the bids and or bidding rights and privileges of any party at any time. The identity of all bidders will be verified. Bidding rights are therefore provisional, and if complete verification is not possible, Sheridan may reject the registration of a bidder, and bidding activity will be terminated.
Buyer acknowledges they are buying the Real Property “as-is, where-is”, that Buyer(s) are relying on his/her own judgment and prior inspection. By signing an offer, Buyer(s) waive the 10-day lead based paint test. Equipment, if any, is sold with no warranty express or implied of any kind. Any excess materials left after the auction become the responsibility of the Buyer.
Seller(s) will provide an owner’s policy of insurance and convey title with a Full Warranty Deed.
Sheridan and their representatives are Exclusive Agents of the Seller(s). Sheridan reserves the right to negotiate a final sales price on behalf of the Seller, or bid on behalf of the Seller, if necessary.
Real Estate is sold subject to any and all existing matters of record, and all easements, building use or zoning laws and regulations, including drain assessments, tile drainage system rights of way, and PA116 agreements. Properties that are rented are subject to Tenant’s Rights. There are no security deposits associated with the Real Property. Taxes will be pro-rated to the closing date. Any drain assessments will be assumed by Buyer.
Property is enrolled in PA 116 effective until 12-31-2031.
Tract 2 has a 20' access easement on the eastern boundary of both parcels to allow access for adjoining landowner directly to the south. The Smith Family retains a 1-acre exception parcel on Tract 2 for a family cemetery. All graves have been relocated to another cemetery years ago.
There are no surveys on any property. Buyer is purchasing by way of parcel ID and legal description only. All maps used in auction materials in print or online are based on specific County Equalization maps. Sheridan makes no guarantee that the maps are accurate.
All Sheridan Realty & Auction Co. Online Only Real Estate Auctions are timed events that have an auto-extend feature. This auction is an “extend one, extend all” auction. Any bid placed within 5 minutes of an auction’s end will automatically extend the entire auction for 5 minutes from the time the bid is placed. Example: If an auction scheduled to end at 6:00 pm receives a bid at 5:59 pm, the close time of the auction automatically extends by five minutes. The auto-extend feature remains active until no further bids are received on any tract within the 5-minute extended time frame.
A two percent (2%) bid price commission (co-op commission) is available to properly registered Brokers. You must pre-register your Buyers with Sheridan Realty & Auction Co. twenty-four (24) hours before the end of the auction. Agents who fail to pre-register their Buyer will not be recognized as a Buyer’s Agent and will not be entitled to a co-op commission. Broker cannot act as a Principal and Broker on the same transaction. Please review our form for eligibility.
The terms and conditions of the Purchase Agreement, including these additional terms (Exhibit A), shall survive closing and the benefits shall inure to the respective heirs, successors, representative and assigns of the Parties.