Welcome to Shady Side Farm
Our farm, located in West Michigan, is family run, with a great deal of help from members of three generations. We have been farming part-time since 1988, and full-time since 1996. We pay careful attention to the soil and its health, encouraging natural biological processes that increase plant nutrition and help us avoid pesticides: “Healthy soil, healthy plants, healthy people.”
Find us at a Michigan farmer's market near you!
New this year!
Why do we farm this way?
it's all about the soil...
Beautiful socks! Just received them today and they are prettier in person! Gorgeous work! –LaShelle G.
I love my dryer balls! My dryer runs less and my clothing is fluffed and less wrinkled when dry. I especially like that these are made from wool harvested from the sheep that the farm raises. A wonderful product! –Marilyn P.
Good communication, fast shipping and great wool! This Suffolk roving is perfect for shaping/core wool in my needle felting projects. Thank you so much! –Angie P.
Wow! I love these socks! I’m a shoe size 7 (purchased women’s size 6-8) and they are the perfect size. Easy to put on and take off… not too tight, not too loose. –Joyce P.
Finding Suffolk roving which really IS Suffolk and which isn’t rustic is a bit of a challenge. Roving shipped quickly, the fiber is a well-prepped farm-grown roving, and it will be perfect for my seminar participants. –Rhonna R.
These dryer balls work wonderfully and are well made! I’ve been using them to reduce/eliminate static and they’ve done well on everything from clothing to towels to sheets. I highly recommend them as a replacement for dryer sheets–just remember that these fluff… read more
This needle felting kit is really great! Perfect for a first-time felter. Really fast shipping. –Diana K.
This handwoven rag rug is exactly what I wanted. I love the colors, and it was made beautifully. –Kerri L.
Amazing quality. Perfect for my crafting. Definitely will be purchasing other colors in the future. Thank you! –Esther S.
“Thank you for raising such good food. We’ll enjoy our lamb–last year’s was a treat every time we indulged!” –Ronti J.
Love the cone of unwashed yarn and will be back for another cone. When you first get this it is tightly spun and still oiled from spinning. It might look more like string than yarn, but I knew what it would do… read more
Your beans aren’t just delicious, they’re pretty too! –Becky E.
I’m loving these dryer balls! I’ve done several loads of laundry since they arrived and they’re doing a fabulous job. I’m so glad to be done with the hunt for a dryer sheet that we’re not allergic to! Thank you, thank you!… read more
Beautiful yarn that arrived lightning fast! Can’t wait to knit some “local” socks! –Laura W.
These work wonderfully and are well made! I’ve been using them to reduce/eliminate static and they’ve done well on everything from clothing to towels to sheets. I highly recommend them as a replacement for dryer sheets – just remember that… read more
Beautiful felted wool dryer balls–wow! I’m tempted to leave them on display instead of tumbling them in my dryer…almost. Very fast shipping. Thank you! –Rachel B.
These handwoven rag rugs are even more beautiful than their photos suggest–and so soft on the feet! I love them! Also thanks so much for the super-fast shipping. –Selby C.
Always a pleasure working with Shady Side Farm! Top quality wool, great communication and FAST shipping! –Laura W.
Love love love my socks! Such a gorgeous color; fast shipping. –Kendra W.
Dryer balls: Hooray for locally made, eco-friendly awesomeness that make my dryer work more efficiently. –Jennie T.
I’ve never used Polypay roving before, but I really like the texture as well as the beautiful color. I think it’s going to work very well for both needle and wet felting. –Jessica R.
The best beans I’ve ever tasted. Cooking dry beans is sadly becoming a lost culinary skill. Your local grocery stores will only have black beans or pintos at best. Do yourself a favor and try the heirloom varieties. I promise… read more
Great dryer balls! My Mom will love these! Great for sensitive skin and earth friendly people. –Laura S.
The socks arrived quickly, and they are soft! I’m thrilled to buy a wool product directly from the farm that raised the sheep! –Rebecca T.
Beautiful, nicely made, warm snuggly socks. Shipped and received promptly! Thanks so much–these are wonderful! –Rita N.
Roving shipped very quickly, and I was very excited when I received it. I couldn’t start spinning it fast enough. I have never spun Polypay before, but I find it similar to Shetland, which is one of my favorite wools. It’s springy… read more
I have both felted and spun with this wool now, and it does both marvelously! It’s kind of spongy feeling – the wool has a TON of crimp and memory. Spins like a champ, and felts like a champ. I… read more