As their children grew older, Fred and Mary wanted to take the family on a vacation to Disney World. Taking advice from Grandpa Fred, the family planted their first half-acre of strawberries in 1987. Once again they started by selling strawberries on the picnic table in the front lawn and then later moved the store into their garage. Hiring a few neighborhood children, the Malvitzes worked as a family and slowly raised enough money to take a family vacation.
Now, Malvitz Bay Farm’s strawberry patch is over 5 acres and has a pick-your-own patch. The girls are all grown, Amanda, Malinda, and Lucy have children of their own. The grandchildren all like to come and lend a hand. Kimberly lives in Sturgeon Bay, and you can see her every Saturday at the Sturgeon Bay Farmers Market.
Every year the family comes together and works hard during strawberry season. You can find Malvitz Bay Farms strawberries in grocery stores and farm markets all the way to the northern tip of Door County.