Posted by: Kath Usitalo | June 20, 2011

Savor The Season, Find Local Foods

Cherry Point Farm & Market in Shelby

Hungry for fresh fruit and produce, and locally made food products?

Agriculture is Michigan’s second largest industry, with over 200 crops grown in a hospitable combination of climate and soil. You can find many of the locally grown goodies in the 2011 guide to Michigan Farm Market & Agricultural Tourism, online and available for free download. (You can also pick up a copy at a Michigan Farm Bureau office.)

Though extensive, the info is far from comprehensive because it lists only members of the Michigan Farm Marketing & Agri-Tourism Association. The entire Upper Peninsula shows just the Sandtown Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast near Engadine.

But you will find plenty of markets and U-Pick farms plus recipes and a handy chart that shows when dozens of fruits and vegetables are usually ripe and ready.

Another source for U-Picks is online only at, which lists markets and farms by county.

Check out Travel Michigan’s for an extensive list of orchards, farms, cider mills and other agricultural-related businesses.

Reach out and touch a calf on a tour of Country Dairy in New Era




  1. So when are we going picking? We missed all the strawberries already.

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