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It’s Time to Celebrate the Fall Harvest!

It’s the time of year when pumpkin spice and apple cider start popping up everywhere you look! Find seasonal favorites at one of the many area farmers markets, visit a farm or orchard, make your way through a corn maze, or take part in one of the many harvest celebrations happening throughout West Michigan.   

Due to COVID-19, many events throughout Michigan are being updated and changed on a daily basis. While this article was accurate to the best of our knowledge upon publication, we strongly suggest confirming with organizers before making plans to attend the below events.

Harvest Festivals, Special Events, & Corn Mazes

Now open for the fall season, Jacobs Corn Maze in Traverse City is a 10-acre adventure for the whole family to enjoy! In addition to this year’s shipwreck themed maze, you’ll also find u-pick apples, delicious treats at the farm market store, a pumpkin patch, and more farm fun. 

Experience The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail like a Wine Club Member during Harvest Days on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. All September long, ticket holders ($35) will be extended the Wine Club benefits from each participating winery. Wine Club benefits may include complimentary tastings or flights for you and your guests, deeper discounts on purchases, special release wines, priority seating and reserved areas, and more.

The Michigan Harvest Virtual Run Series in the Traverse City area is comprised of four races of varying distances and scheduled to highlight the harvest of crops that are a large part of Michigan’s agricultural community. In the month of September, experience the hops harvest with the Hop Trot 5k or 15k run. The October Grape Stomp concludes the series with a 5k and half marathon option, offering suggested courses with views of Michigan’s vineyards.

Make your way through the corn maze at Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery in Grand Rapids. The maze will open on September 1st and the cost is $8 per person. This year’s maze design is in memory of Jim & Bethel Robinette. While you’re at Robinette’s, we definitely recommend you pick up some donuts, cider, and one of their 18 varieties of apples!

Get behind the scenes and experience Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay in a whole new way with a Black Star Farms Estate & Wine Tour. Private groups can enjoy a 45-minute guided walking tour through the breathtaking property. Tour highlights include the centennial barn, vineyard, and wine cave. Your tour concludes with an informative tasting including a flight of three premium wines hosted by your guide. September dates are September 1st-3rd, September 8th-10th, September 16th & 17th, September 22nd-24th, and September 29th & 30th.

Follow the progress of an apple tree through the seasons, from a bare tree in the winter to apple picking in the autumn with the Storywalk at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings. Learn what makes this fruit a staple of the fall and an American favorite by walking through the pages of The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall throughout the month of September.

Experience first hand the fall harvest techniques and activities from the early-to-mid 1900s at the Fall Harvest Fest & Tractor Show at Historic Charlton Park in Hastings on Friday, September 18th. Admission is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children ages 5 -12.

Celebrate Octoberfest in Ludington with a series of events September 20th-October 4th, such as celebratory beer dinners, music livestreams, and two full weeks of promotions at Ludington businesses.

Explore the “Candlelight Trails Under the Harvest Moon” at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings, Saturday, September 26th 7:30-9:30 pm. Enjoy a quiet and relaxing evening on candlelit trails while taking in the colors, smells, and sounds of fall. You can stroll along a half-mile loop or hike along a mile-and-a-half loop that weaves through prairies, forests, and wetlands. Bring a blanket to spread out on the lawn behind the education building and observe the brilliance of the night sky away from the bright city lights and tall buildings. Plan to bring proper footwear and respect social distancing guidelines. This is a self-guided activity, but institute staff will be present to answer questions. Admission is free for members, or $5 for non-members.

Scarecrows, art, local brews, and tunes heat up downtown Bellaire for the 21st Annual Harvest Festival, September 26th, 10:00 am-6:00 pm. 

Looking for something to do with the kids this fall? The Fall Festival at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo in New Era is the perfect place to be. Head to the U-pick apple orchard, capture the perfect photo in a pumpkin patch, and enjoy over 46 farm attractions. From young kids to adults, there is something to keep everyone entertained all day. Fall Festival will be held weekends September 26th through November 1st.

Shady Lane Vineyards in Suttons Bay will host a Harvest Moon Party October 1st. Come out for a cozy fall evening by the bonfire to celebrate the October season and the full Harvest moon on the outdoor patio and enjoy special treats, fortune teller readings, and a complimentary glass of warm mulled wine. Reservations are required, call (231) 947-8865. 

 

Farmers Markets & U-Pick Orchards

Visit one of South Haven’s nearby farms and markets for harvest produce, u-pick apples, and apple cider. Dutch Farm Market and Overhiser Orchards are some of many u-pick farms in the area that boast bountiful fall harvests. The South Haven Farm Market runs on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the downtown Huron Street Pavilion. While in the area, make sure to add stops at Bardens Farm Market, DeGrandchamp Farms, or McIntosh Apple Orchards & Winery.

Going to the downtown Farmers Market used to be limited to the treat of selecting your own ripe, succulent fruits and vegetables. Things have changed! Saturday morning at the St. Joseph Farmers Market now includes jams, honey, hearth-baked breads and fine pastries, perennials, cut flowers, organic vegetables, and so much more.

Come to the Hastings Farmers Market in beautiful downtown Hastings to see the many vendors with seasonal Michigan produce, as well as a wide variety of baked goods and artisan crafts, plus honey and maple syrup products. The market is open on Saturdays from 9:00 am-1:00 pm and Wednesdays 11:00 am-4:00 pm through October 31st.

The fall harvest brings a bounty of locally sourced produce to the Holland Farmers Market, held on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 8:00 am-2:00 pm. In addition to freshly picked apples, squash, and root vegetables, you can also purchase a variety of baked goods, meats, cheeses, spices, and more.

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts, and baked goods. The market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 8:00 am – 2:00 pm through November 30, 2020.

The Big Rapids Farmers’ Market is a showcase for locally grown food and other farm-related products from local farmers. Held Tuesdays, noon-5:00 pm, through September 29th and Fridays, 8:00 am-2:00 pm, through October 23rd, the market is located in the parking lot just South of City Hall.

Shop your favorite foods, fresh produce, meat, fish, honey, syrup, and so much more at Elk Rapids Farmer’s Market, held Fridays at noon.

Marquette is home to several local farms which supply the region with sustainably sourced goods. This September, celebrate the bounty of the Earth by shopping farm-to-table fruits, vegetables, and proteins from the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market supports local farmers, growers, and artisans to offer the community the highest-quality goods available. An eclectic mix of local Upper Peninsula vendors gather every Saturday through early December to bring these locally-sourced products straight to the people who love them most.

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