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
Property is enrolled in PA 116 effective until 12-31-2031.
This online only auction is subject to seller confirmation and is a cash sale not contingent on or subject to financing, appraisal, survey, or inspections of any kind, as agreed to by bidders at registration prior to bidding and specified in the attached Agreement to Purchase Real Estate.
Once you place a bid, it cannot be removed, even if you have bid incorrectly. Please 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
A Buyer's Premium of 10% is added to the high bid. Please take this into consideration when bidding. Example: Final bid price on a property is $100,000. Add the 10% buyer's premium of $10,000 to get a final price of $110,000. This is the actual sales price that will be used on the purchase agreement, and the number upon which transfer tax and title insurance are based. At the close of the auction, the successful Bidder will be emailed an Agreement to Purchase Contract to be executed and returned to Sheridan Realty & Auction Co. within Forty Eight (48) hours.
Successful Bidders will deposit 10% of the sale price in the form of a cashier's check or wire transfer with 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 is due at closing on or before Forty Five (45) days from Auction Day. Purchaser will be responsible for all wire transfers.
Per the Contract, 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 for Tract 1, and all closing fees charged by the Title Company are shared equally between Buyer(s) and Seller(s).
Tract one possession will be given 15 days after closing.
Successful Bidders not executing and returning their Contract with Earnest Money deposit within Forty Eight (48) hours of the conclusion of the auction will be considered in default. If your closing is delayed for any reason, by you, as purchaser, or other parties working on your behalf, including any lender you involve, you may be declared in breach of this contract, forfeit all deposits made, and could be additionally liable for any and all costs incurred by Seller and Sheridan Realty & Auction Co. incurred in a subsequent resale of the property.
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All rental units must comply with city building codes to obtain or keep occupancy permits. All expenses are the responsibility of the buyer.
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A two percent (2%) bid price 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 Buyer Agents and will not be entitled to a co-op commission. Broker cannot act as a Principal and Broker on the same transaction. Please review the form for eligibility.
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