The Michigan Agritourism Association just released its 2021 edition of Michigan’s Agricultural Tourism Directory, a popular guide for finding fun, hands-on activities on Michigan farms. Suggested activities include U-pick farms, educational activities and tours, farm markets and stands, dairies and creameries, farm dining, festivals and events, cider and donuts, petting farms, overnight on the farm, craft beverage tasting and more.
“Agritourism destinations have been one of the bright spots for Michiganders despite the many challenges of the past year,” shares Janice Benson, executive director of the Michigan Agritourism Association. “Local farms were one of the first and favorite places people flocked to after spending so much time at home.”
The 130-page, full-color directory is a true Michigan product, produced and printed in Michigan featuring authentic photos from the state’s farms. Conveniently organized by regions with maps, the directory makes it easy-to-find, nearby agricultural destinations.
“More people are exploring rural places in and around their communities to get outside and soak in the peaceful beauty of Michigan’s agricultural landscapes,” shares Benson, “and they are discovering the joy of hands-on experiences like picking their own fruit, petting farm animals and tasting fresh-pressed cider.
This year’s cover features 4-year-old Lola holding a duckling on her family farm, Polish Heritage Farm in Cedar. Lola and her 8-year-old brother, Thomas, are growing up with a true Michigan farm experience, helping with chores, like gathering eggs and caring for the ducklings, and learning all about raising heritage-breed pigs.
The 2021 directory is produced with support from Legacy Sponsor Farm Bureau Insurance and Print Sponsor Michigan Apple Committee. Media sponsors include Michigan Radio and WCMU Public Media.
“We’re excited about the release of this year’s directory,” said Farm Bureau Insurance CEO Don Simon. “It lists hundreds of farm destinations across Michigan where visitors can enjoy our state’s bountiful harvest, including farmers’ markets, orchards, cider mills, and many more popular agritourism spots. We’re proud to support Michigan farmers and the agritourism industry.”
Copies of the directory are available at Farm Bureau Insurance offices across Michigan as well as Michigan Welcome Centers. For more information, visit www.michiganfarmfun.com.