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Ellis Farms


Rene Gelder
269 944-5420
4461 East Britain Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
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fruit, jam, honey, cider, eggs


  • All year (outdoor and indoor markets)
  • Wednesdays and Saturdays


René and Bruce Gelder are responsible for the family’s 56-acre farm, but the whole family focuses on selecting fruit varieties, planting, and harvesting on this fourth- and fifth-generation operation. René specializes in Integrated Pest Management systems and sustainable practices; Bruce and son Mathew keep the equipment running; son Marc does a lot of the planning with René; Mary (as in Mary’s Eggs) works with the hens and does odd jobs that, she says, “my brothers don’t want to do,” and Mathew’s wife, Christina does photography.  René and Mary see to the updates on Facebook, Twitter, and w site. The family grows asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, cherries, apricots, blueberries, raspberries (red, black, and golden), blackberries, nectarines, peaches, apples, grapes, pears, and chestnuts – and the newer generations are raising vegetables. Pictured, from left, are Mary, Marc, Bruce, René, Christina and Mathew.


  • Animal Welfare Approved
  • Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program

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