Press Release – Crosby Mint Farm Update

20 09 2009

From a Crosby Mint Farm press release….

An Update from the Crosby Mint Farm
30 days Right of Refusal, Get Mint Trading Co. at Detroit Farmer’s Markets, Eviction Sale.

(MINT CITY, USA/St. Johns, MI) September 18, 2009
30 day Right of Refusal
It has been three weeks since the farm’s eviction on August 28, 2009. While the writ of eviction was signed by Hon. Judge Tehvonen on Monday August 24th 2009, the Crosbys had until Friday August 28th 2009 5PM to be off their property. While evacuating the farm, the 30 day Right of Refusal was issued, putting the deadline of raising the, by Greenstone FCS newly appraised fair market value of $550,000, at September 25th 2009.

Peppermint Jim lectures and Get Mint Trading Company sales
The Get Mint Trading Company, the business extension of the Crosby Mint Farm, is still up and running and not much has changed since the eviction, according to “Peppermint”Jim and Linette Crosby, owners of the farm. Orders are still coming in, are being processed and products are sent to the still growing costumers base.
Peppermint Jim will be giving a lecture about mint oils and its uses at St. Stephen’s Health Ministry monthly meeting in Lansing this Saturday from 11am to1pm, open to the public (1007 Kimberly Street).
On both September 26th and October 3rd Peppermint Jim and the Get Mint Trading will be selling products at the Fall Season Farmer’s Market in Greenfield Village from 10am to 3pm.

Eviction Sale
On the family’s property along Old US 27 North, the eviction sale is ongoing, with a variety of items for sale. Public is welcome, for questions please refer to contact information.


Press Release – Watch The Crosby Mint Farm Eviction

27 08 2009

So, this is  a pretty interesting press release from the Crosby Mint Farm.  There’s some important stuff in there about the business, but the very last paragraph invites you to the farm at 4:00 PM on Friday to watch the eviction.  Not sure what that means.


(MINT CITY, USA/St. Johns, MI) August 27, 2009
Peppermint Jim Crosby, owner of the almost centennial, oldest operating mint farm in the United States received a writ of eviction, signed by Hon. Judge Tahvonen on Monday. The following day, Crosby received the notice of eviction to have all property and persons removed by Friday August 28th, at 5 pm, leaving four days for the entire farm evacuation. State and federal government offices have remained silent in supporting the preservation of a national landmark. A request for mediation between Greenstone Farm Credit Services and the Farm Service Agency (FSA), who backs the loans, has been sent by Crosby to Governor Granholm’s office, but no response is received thus far.
Friends and family are gathered at the farm, helping with the evacuation. Farm animals are displaced and homes are being sought for them. The Mint Store, extension of the Get Mint Trading Company is relocated and is fully operating; taking, processing and shipping orders as usual. Costumers can still order products online and through the 800 number. Jim Crosby has been offered a temporary home at an old vacant mint farm in the area.
There will be a foreclosure/eviction sale on Friday at the farm from 9:00AM – 4:00PM.

Right of Refusal
After the signing of the writ of eviction, a First Right of Refusal was issued to Peppermint Jim Crosby. This gives him 30 days to raise the value of $550.000 appraised by Greenstone Farm Credit Services this week. Crosby has faith that he will raise this amount and buy back his farm by the end of the 30 days.

Gathering Friday August 28 2009 4:00PM
Public and media are invited to come to the Crosby Mint Farm at 4:00 pm on Friday August 28th to witness the eviction at 5:00pm that afternoon.

End of an Era for Crosby Mint Farm

25 08 2009

It’s a sad day in St. John.  Via WLNS

A local farmer is forced to walk away from his property. Jim Crosby says and he and his family are packing whatever they can. A Clinton County judge signed formal paperwork which forces the Crosby family to leave their mint farm for good.

Press Release – ‘Peppermint Jim Mojito’s’ to Benefit Crosby Mint Farm

12 08 2009

From a Crosby Mint Farm press release….

(MINT CITY, USA/St. Johns, MI) August 12, 2009 – Coach’s Pub and Grill in St. Johns is supporting the Crosby Mint Farm during the 2009 Mint festival. The management took the initiative to contact Peppermint Jim Crosby, owner of the Crosby Mint Farm in St. Johns, to ask for mint they will use for their weekend special “Peppermint Jim Mojitos”. The Crosby Mint Farm also provided two gift baskets with mint products to raffle during this weekend. Part of the proceeds will go directly to the Crosby Mint Farm which is facing foreclosure on the 14th, and is in the middle of a race against the clock to save the farm. The Crosbys are hosting Mint Jam 09 this weekend at the farm as a fundraiser.

Press Release – Crosby Mint Farm at Eastern Market

6 08 2009

From a Crosby Mint Farm Press Release……




(MINT CITY, USA/St. Johns, MI) August 5, 2009 – All Michigan Made costumers, supporters, community members, new and old costumers are invited to come to the Eastern Market in Detroit on Saturday August 8th 2009. Peppermint Jim Crosby will be at the Detroit Eastern Market on Saturday selling his mint oil products. This will be an opportunity to support the oldest continuously family owned and operated mint farm in the country that is facing foreclosure. There will be a wide variety of mint products produced directly on the farm for sale. Peppermint Jim will be sharing his passion and knowledge of the healing properties of mint.

WHAT: Peppermint Jim Crosby will be at the Detroit Eastern Market.

WHO: Community members and supporters of the Crosby Mint Farm.

WHERE: Detroit Eastern Market
                     2934 Russell Street
                     Detroit, MI 48207

                     PH: 313.833.9300

                     FAX: 313.833.9309

WHEN: Saturday August 8th, 2009

About Crosby Mint Farm
Our mission is to preserve the heritage of the nation’s oldest sustainable mint producer, live as an independent American farmer producing the highest quality point of origin essential mint oil available, while honoring the land with sustainable farming management plans, renewable energy sources, and green growing practices, build relationships through education and

outreach, health & wellness, and personal ecological accountability.

Press Release – St. Johns “Taste of the Town”

10 06 2009

From a Downtown St. Johns press release.


Downtown St. Johns, Michigan will be host the fourth annual Taste of the Town celebration on Friday and Saturday, June 26-27, 2009 on the Grand Trunk Railroad Depot lawn at 107 E. Railroad Street from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. each night. Various vendors will be on hand, with radio personalities from “Classic Rock 94.9” and “Z92.5 The Castle” conducting live radio feeds on Friday and Saturday.

Live entertainment will be featured in the Beverage Tent, and Vegas style gaming is offered in our CASINO tent, both from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. each night. The crowd favorite BBQ contest occurs on Saturday at 4 p.m., with the public casting ballots to determine the winner. A Classis Car “Cruise In” also begins on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

To participate as a vendor, contact the St. Johns Downtown Management Board at (989) 227-1717 or visit There is a $10 vendor registration cost. To participate as a BBQ contestant, contact Jessie at (989) 327-4885. There is a BBQ contestant registration cost. Proceeds from this event benefit Downtown St. Johns projects and improvements.

Taste of the Town is made possible by the generous corporate sponsorship of the following businesses: Major summer events sponsorship by the City of St. Johns – Mint City USA, Firstbank of St. Johns and Z92.5 The Castle radio station. Other funding has been provided by Allaby and Brewbaker Insurance, Michigan Graphics & Signs; along with Abraham & Gaffney, Account Receivable Solutions, The Alibi Bar, Bruno’s Bar, the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, Custom Embroidery Plus, Fifth Third Bank, Jackson, Jackson & Associates, Jet Speed Printing, Katren Industries, Sirrine & Associates, the St. Johns Independent Informer and Swany’s Pub & Grub. Additional funding has been provided by the Clinton County Arts Council, Dershey’s Café, Gill-Roy’s Commercial & Industrial Supply, Hungry Howie’s Pizza, Kurt’s Appliance Center and T. Snow Customs.

Walmart Supercenter – St. Johns

11 10 2008
  • 1165 Superior Rd.
  • St. Johns, MI 48879
  • (989) 224-8099
  • Website
The Walmart Supercenter just off of Business 127 in St. Johns

The Walmart Supercenter just off of Business 127 in St. Johns

I’ve blogged about Walmart before.  J and I hit the Walmart in Delta Township (review HERE) about once a week to get things we can’t get at Horrocks (review HERE).  The big reason we go to Walmart and not somewhere else is they are the only place in town we can find Mandarin Orange Propel.  I grabbed the last Propel out of the fridge last night so we needed to get more.  We had talked about going around Lansing to the Delta Township store on our way home, but first, we wanted to go into St. Johns to get gas.  I noticed on that St. Johns had gas for $3.05/gal.  We found a BP on US 127BR that had gas for that price so we stopped and filled up.

After getting gas and a potty break, we kept heading south to try and find the freeway again.  Along the way, we found gas for $3.02 and $2.99.  That $2.99 was at the Murphy’s USA in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot.  I noticed the Walmart and put my turn signal on to turn in.  Why go all the way out to Delta Township when there was a Walmart Supercenter right here?  It sounded like a good idea to me, so we went in to do some shopping.

You all know what Walmart looks like and what you can find there.  The only reason I’m writing this review is to blow off a little steam about rude, inconsiderate, and just plain ignorant cashiers.  Read the rest of this entry »

Uncle John’s Cider Mill

11 10 2008
  • 8614 North US 127
  • St. Johns, MI 48879
  • (989) 224-3686
  • Website
Shops and dining area at Uncle Johns Cider Mill in St. Johns

Shops and dining area at Uncle Johns Cider Mill in St. Johns

Ah, fall.  There are just certain things you have to do every fall.  When I lived and worked in Peoria, IL, I did a story every year at an apple orchard about twenty minutes outside of Peoria.  On our couple trips north to Traverse City and Mt. Pleasant, I noticed a farm just north of St. Johns.  We talked to a few people who have lived here forever and everyone told us stories of how Uncle Johns Cider Mill brought back memories of their childhood.  Since it was a gorgeous weekend, we figured what the hell.  Let’s go get some apples.

Uncle Johns is huge.  We were both shocked by what we found when we arrived at the farm on US 127 north of the City of St. Johns.  We were directed back to a huge grass parking lot where we didn’t really know where anything was at and ended up parking pretty far from the attractions.  Read the rest of this entry »