Harvest Update

Our History

Cronenwett Farms house Cronenwett Farms was established in 1850 by the family's ancestor, A.B. Jones. He planted 100 grape vines on his land just outside the village of Lawton, Michigan. The fertile ground and plentiful rain from Lake Michigan enabled Lawton's first grape vineyard to be a huge success. In the years to follow, many people converted their farms to grape vineyards. Lawton's grape production has attracted several businesses to the area including St. Julian Winery and Welches.

Business was good for A.B. Jones and continued to be as his farm was passed down through the generations. Along with building houses for a living, William Cronenwett Sr. worked on the family farm with his grandfather, Frank Stainton and uncle, Larry Stainton. In 1978, William inherited the farm from Larry and named it Cronenwett Farms. In 1991 William retired.

Cronenwett Farms is now owned and operated by William's son, Bryan Cronenwett. The farm is registered as a Michigan Centennial Farm having been in the same family for over 157 years and spanning six generations.

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