Canola Blog

Canola Blog

Since the focus of our canola oil business is creating a healthy oil that can be truly sold as “farm to table,” we decided that some of you might be interested in the whole process from the time the fields are prepared until the canola oil reaches your home.  This blog is an attempt to help you understand these details.

2017 Canola Harvest

You may be unaware that most of the canola we grow is sent to ADM in Windsor, Canada for processing.  We keep out enough to press ourselves using our expeller press and natural processes, but the rest is shipped and sold in the commodity market.  This year we began the harvest on September 9th and shipped the last truckload on September 22nd.  Our total shipped was approximately

Great article written for MDARD (Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development) and released today-features B&B Farms Canola Oil

Check out this link for a well-written article about how our business got its start at the Incubator Kitchen in Hart.  Click here.

Welcome to our new MDARD-approved commercial kitchen!

One of my greatest joys these past few months has been working in our newly constructed commercial kitchen.  After about three years of pressing and bottling oil in a 12 x 14 room inside our farmhouse, we now have a facility about 4 times that size.

2016 Milestones

Our significant events in 2016 include: 

July 3, 2015 - Canola Fields in Bloom

There's not much prettier that a large field of canola plants in full bloom.  This year we're growing 95 acres, and it's a delight to drive around looking at the brilliant blossoms.  Here are some photos so you can enjoy, too!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our customers and friends!

My heart is filled with joy today as we prepare to celebrate my favorite holiday with family and friends.  Thanksgiving is truly my favorite holiday because the emphasis is on gratitude and good food!  This time of the year, our bottles of canola oil empty quickly as we use this rich, flavorful oil in our favorite recipes.

Oil Pulling 3-31-14

The latest scuttlebut on the news these days is a trend called "oil pulling."  It seems that if you take a tablespoon of oil and swish it around in your mouth for about 20 minutes it does all these great things for your teeth and mouth. Some say it affects your overall health.  Searching the web we found that some say any oil can be used.  Sesame seems to be preferred by many.

Spring in Michigan? - March 25, 2014

April is usually the time we think about planting our canola crop.  I say "usually" because this Spring in Michigan is unusually cold and we're starting to wonder if the snow will ever melt.

Starting the 2013 Season Off Right

I'm hoping that I can devote more time to this blog in 2013.  This first week of April we see the sun finally starting to warm up the fields and melt the remaining bits of snow.  Dan has been out taking soil samples and preparing his farm equipment for the planting that he hopes to finish by the end of the month.  Canola is an early crop, so it likes to get in the ground as soon