Farm-to-table eateries support farmers, butchers, bakers, and small businesses throughout the area. Plus, they also bring delicious homemade meals and drinks to your table! This fall, enjoy these farm-to-table restaurants, bakeries, breweries, and distilleries from around West Michigan.
1. No matter where in West Michigan you may be, the Michigan Farmers Market Association wants to remind you that you can connect with your local farmers by shopping with them directly at your farmers market! With each bushel, peck, and pint you buy, you’re supporting small businesses and bringing home the freshest produce available. Find your farmers market and get shopping today.
2. Located on the beautiful certified organic Flatwater Farms, River Saint Joe in Buchanan is a farmstead brewery destination. They are committed to sustainable organic practices and offer a scenic setting to enjoy food and drink made from ingredients grown on the farm or down the road. Flatwater Farms grows organic hops and a wide variety of organic vegetables and herbs, which are featured both on River Saint Joe’s menu and in their brews! Through connections to the land and its bounty, they aim to cultivate well-being for our community.
3. Virtue Cider in Fennville brings natural ciders from their farm to your door. Cider Society brings you ciders truly made like fine wine. They should be enjoyed with friends, with food, or curled up with a good book in front of a fireplace. Their December box includes four bourbon barrel-aged ciders blended for cozy nights in. Join the club to get four bottles of cider, four times a year.
4. Not only is the Saugatuck/Douglas area fortunate enough to be located in the country’s second most agriculturally diverse state, but they are also situated within Michigan’s Fruit Belt region. With bushels of produce ripe for the picking within a 10-mile radius, farm-to-table fare here becomes elevated by the bounty of what’s locally harvested. Many area restaurants feature farm-to-table cuisine, bringing diners closer to the source of their food. For example, Salt of the Earth is a rustic American Eatery located in historic downtown Fennville. Fully leveraging their prime location within southwest Michigan’s farm and orchard country, this restaurant creates sumptuous entrees, wood oven-fired pizzas, and legendary artisan bread that highlight the bounty of local farms.
5. Discover Kalamazoo’s farm food and beverage scene. From fresh vegetables to locally sourced hops, find plates (and pints) to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Local favorite 600 Kitchen & Bar works with local farmers and artisans for their dishes, and they even serve a great brunch on Sundays!
6. Visitors to the Greater Lansing area can enjoy the farm to table trend at a variety of local restaurants! Their Convention and Visitors Bureau recommends making stops at eateries like Red Haven, The Soup Spoon Café, and The People’s Kitchen.
7. In Ludington, visit Q Smokehouse, a restaurant offering homestyle delights using locally sourced meats, homemade sauces, and more delicious treats. See a full list of delightful Ludington eateries here.
8. In Northern Michigan, Walloon Lake has great options to enjoy fresh, delicious food during your visit. At Hotel Walloon, complimentary breakfast items and evening hors d’oeuvres feature fresh and local ingredients made by Barrel Back Restaurant. At the Walloon Lake Inn, you can enjoy their new seasonal menu with local ingredients from Bear Creek Organic, John Cross Fisheries, Pitchfork Farms, and more.
9. In Marquette, the spirit of coming together can be found at a number of farm-to-table offerings. From a locavore eatery that makes all menu items from scratch in support of the slow food movement, to a unique dining experience with seasonal menus and cinematic entertainment – many of Marquette’s eateries work with local farms to create a sustainable dining experience.