a working farm, educational destination and event venue
8540 island lake road dexter, mi 48130
Cornman Farms sits on a 42 acre parcel of land with a rich farming history of nearly 200 years. We are thrilled to offer this authentic venue to support to support Zingerman’s vision of farm-to-table dining and a dynamic, unique event space.
Our warm, welcoming Farmhouse was built in 1834, pre-dates Michigan’s statehood, and is one of the most historic buildings in the Dexter area. With several past uses including time as a schoolhouse and a private family home, the Farmhouse’s history shines with personality.
Cornman Farms’ gorgeous pre-Civil War Barn was originally constructed in 1837. Following one major renovation in 1894, the Barn was purchased by Zingerman’s in 2012 and underwent a thorough, loving restoration over a two-year time period. Each piece of wood was carefully dissembled, shipped to a renowned barn wright in Ohio, and transported back for a historic barn raising in September 2013. The barn is located mere feet from it’s original spot – shifted slightly for a better position relative to the sun.
Chef Alex Young began farming on this land in 2003 and conceived a vision for the Farm’s growth to it’s current state. Since then, Chef Kieron Hales has spearheaded the Cornman Farms project – after 5 ½ years as Zingerman’s Roadhouse Head Chef – and continues to lead the team on the Farm as Managing Partner.