Morris VanHoutte Was born one of 16 children in Belgium on Feb 9th, 1890. He came to the U.S.A. at the age of 19 and began his life as a worker on a sugarbeet farm in Ohio. He saved his earnings and bought his own farm at 40 years old, but soon lost it in the great depression of the 1930’s
After his loss, he decided to start over and Morris eventually moved to the Detroit Area and worked underground construction for 5 years. He saved his money and at age 50 he paid cash for a 20 acre farm in Utica. According to everyone, “He had a farm that nobody could get to grow anything” He used his farming knowledge and help from his son Albert to work the sandy soil and it DID produce. The VanHouttes started “truck farming” and selling their produce at the Detroit Eastern Market. Today, Albert’s third oldest child – George VanHoutte and his family operate The Northern Farm Market LLC in Romeo, MI.