Farmer Profiles

Wallin Emu Ranch

(This profile originally appeared in the August 2009 Market Newsletter. Some information may be out of date.)

Owners Irv and Patty Pettit are the proud owners of Wallin Emu Ranch. After spending approximately 20 years in the restaurant business, they wanted to try the other side of the food chain. In the early 90’s, the couple purchased land which would eventually become the ranch it is today.

With five young children, they wanted something that would provide consistent, sustainable work, and involve the entire family.

Today, they offer a list of unique and tasty items including emu. Practically every part of this large, flightless bird originating from Australia can be used. Without any use of antibiotics or steroids they offer a lean, nutritious product sure to make you say, “Wow, that’s farm market good!”

Contact Information:
Wallin Emu Ranch – Irv & Patty Pettit
Phone: 231-651-0197 / 231-378-2826

Products Include:

  • Emu meat, eggs, hide, oil
  • Bones (for dogs), and feathers
  • Chicken meat and eggs
  • Turkey
  • Vegetables
  • Honey

Products available at:

  • Frankfort Farmers Market
  • Elberta Farmers Market
  • Interlochen Farmers Market
  • Onekama Farmers Market
  • Traverse City Farmers Market
  • Black Star Farms
  • Oryana Natural Food Market
  • Port City Organics- Mail order