Chris and Christie Schuh have made a life running Door Karma Farms with their three kids, Molly, Lindsay and Logan. Since 2017, they’ve built a farm committed to growing crops and raising animals organically, sustainably and in a pesticide-free way.
“It’s a true working farm trying to fill a niche for a local, sustainable product,” Chris said. “There’s a lot of reward in building soil and creating quality product.”
The members of the Schuh family pay close attention to the entire ecosystem at their farm. Chris implements companion planting (planting different crops close together) to build quality soil, and he keeps uncultivated land with a pond and wildflowers for beehives. The specialized components of the farm ecosystem work together, just as his family does.
“Logan is in the field; Lindsay loves the animals; and the shop has Mom’s ideas,” Molly said.
Door Karma Farms has a store with coolers full of meat selections and other products right off Highway 57 at the farm’s entrance. The Schuhs also supply restaurants such as Wild Tomato, Heirloom Cafe & Provisions, and Skip Stone Coffee Roasters with beef, lamb, chicken and pork.
Molly described how the concept of karma made its way into the name of the family’s farm business: “What goes around comes around. What you’re putting into the ground and animals is what you get out of it.”
The Schuh family appreciates the strong sense of community among the county’s farmers, who often share equipment and farming advice with each other. Door Karma Farms partners with Kellner Acres to supply more produce in its store, and a local forager often drops off seasonal varieties of mushrooms.
Christie keeps the farm store stocked with more than food. She sells candles, jewelry and cards made with farm photographs from a neighbor. The farm store is open Thursday – Tuesday, 9 am – 4 pm.
Location: 9668 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor
Meet your growers: Chris, Christie, Molly, Lindsay and Logan Schuh
Currently selling: Chicken, beef, pork, lamb, eggs, seasonal produce, foraged mushrooms
Specialty items: Bacon and bratwurst
Read more about Door Karma Farms in the latest edition of Door County Living magazine.