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West Michigan’s Best Farmers Markets and U-Pick Orchards

Article Sponsored By: Holland Farmers Market

 

West Michigan boasts vibrant farmers markets and u-pick orchards, offering fresh produce and a fun, hands-on experience. Visitors can explore a variety of fruits, vegetables, and local specialties.

Southern West Michigan

Saugatuck Outdoor Summer Market 

Join Saugatuck every Friday from May 24th through September 27th for the seasonal Outdoor Summer Market, hosted by the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Here, local farmers offer freshly picked fruits, vegetables, and flowers, along with a wide variety of artisan baked goods, all-natural honey, maple syrup, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, meats, gourmet mushrooms, and small-batch coffees. There will also be healthy snacks, greens, preserves, gluten-free, vegan dips, dog treats, and more. Music, food trucks, and a cash bar enhance this seasonal shopping experience. If picking your own produce sounds like a better way to pass the time, visit one of Sauatucks six U-pick farms and pick your own fruit to bring home. 

Schultz Fruitridge Farms

Discover the essence of summer at Schultz Fruitridge Farms, in Mattawan. This family farm is where orchards burst with ripe fruits waiting to be picked. From apples to peaches, their bounty is a testament to the beauty of Michigan agriculture. 

Dutch Farm Market

Experience the charm of the Dutch Farm Market, in South Haven,  where you’ll find a delightful assortment of locally sourced produce and artisanal goods. From farm-fresh vegetables to homemade jams, there’s something to satisfy every palate. 

DeGrandchamp Farms Inc.

Indulge in the finest selection of fresh berries and fruits at DeGrandchamp Farms Inc. in South Haven.  Their commitment to quality and sustainability shines through in every juicy bite. 

Coldwater Country  Farmers Market 

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Coldwater Country, along the US-12 Heritage Route in south-central Michigan are vibrant and bustling farmers’ markets that serve as the heartbeat of the local community. These markets aren’t just about fresh produce; they’re about fostering connections, celebrating local culture, and supporting the hardworking farmers and artisans who call this area home. 

Find a variety of flavors, from crisp apples to juicy tomatoes to handcrafted jams and other sweets at the following weekly farmer’s markets:  Corner Farmers Market, Downtown Coldwater, Saturdays – June 22nd through September 7th, Bronson Farmers Market, Saturdays – May through September.

Kalamazoo Farmers Market 

Kalamazoo County hosts more than 22 Farmers Markets and Orchards to “pick” from. Enjoy picturesque views and unlimited family fun. 

Garden Grove Inn

Garden Grove Inn in Union Pier, sits in the heart of the Southwest Michigan fruit belt. Visit Southwest Michigan and enjoy the u-pick farmers, farmer’s markets, and fruit stands surrounding Garden Grove Inn B&B. Of course, enjoy the deliciously fresh, homemade breakfast included with each morning of your stay. 

South Haven Farmers Market

Opening Day for the South Haven Farm Market is Saturday, May 11th. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through October 12th, with an additional market day on Wednesdays through June, July, and August. This market in the heart of South Haven is a wonderful place to visit. 

Barden’s Farm Market

At Barden’s Farm Market, tradition meets innovation in a celebration of local flavors. From heirloom tomatoes to freshly baked pies, each item reflects the passion and dedication of the Barden family. Join them during the summer season to experience the best of South Haven’s harvest.

Central West Michigan

Shelton Farm Market

Experience farm-to-table freshness at Shelton Farm Market where every bite tells a story of local pride and dedication. From golden corn to ruby-red strawberries, their selection is a testament to the abundance of Ludington’s countryside. Plan your visit by checking their website for seasonal hours and special events.

Ludington Farmers Market

Downtown Ludington’s Farmers Market begins Friday, May 24th. This weekly farmers market (2-7 p.m.) features fresh goods from local farmers. Items include wine, flowers, macrame, seasonings, coffee, honey, kettle corn, CBD products and more. Live music is featured from 6-8 p.m. 

Holland Farmers Market 

The Holland Farmers Market has been bringing the harvest to town for over 45 years and was just named one of the 20 best in the world. Their outdoor season is in full swing with over 75 farmers and vendors on hand to guide your garden and kitchen creativity. Be sure to sign up for their year-round biweekly e-newsletter, the Market Beet, to discover which produce is in season and fun recipes to use. Plus, don’t forget that Market Kids activities happen every Wednesday from mid-June to mid-August. 

Nelson’s Farm Market

Nelson’s Farm Market invites you to savor the taste of summer with their wide selection of farm-fresh produce and homemade goodies. From sun-ripened tomatoes to handcrafted cheeses, their offerings capture the essence of Michigan agriculture.

Bowerman Blueberries

For the ultimate blueberry experience, look no further than Bowerman Blueberries in Holland. With their plump, sweet berries and picturesque orchards, it’s a paradise for blueberry enthusiasts. Check their website for updates on picking seasons and farm activities.

Muskegon Farmers Market 

Muskegon Farmers Market: Your Spring & Summer Shopping Spot. Sunshine, fresh air, and local goodness await you at the Muskegon Farmers Market this spring and summer. Fill your basket with berries, veggies, and blooms. Take home fresh-baked bread and artisanal cheeses, browse jewelry, artwork, and locally made gifts. Find live music on the stage, buskers throughout the venue, and special events like the Food Truck Rallies. It’s a one-stop shop for fresh finds, entertainment, and a taste of Muskegon’s charm.

Grand Haven Farmers Market 

Buy fresh, Michigan-grown and/or produced foods directly from the growers at the Grand Haven Farmers Market. Support Michigan small businesses at Chinook Pier under the green canopy in Grand Haven. Vendors offer a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and baked goods, you can taste the freshness. The Farmers Market will open for the 2024 season on Saturday, May 4th.  

Northern West Michigan 

Frisks Farm Market 

For the tourist and native alike, Friske’s Farmers Market is a must-stop Northern Michigan destination. Whether you need a quick stop for lunch or snacks, or you wish to spend a pleasant afternoon browsing their General Store gift shop while the kids seek adventure in the Orchard Playland, their friendly helpful team will ensure your experience is unforgettable.

Mackinaw City Farmers Market

Fresh produce, local artisans, and a vibrant community atmosphere await you at the NEW Farmers Market initiative in Mackinaw City this summer. Go to the market every Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Conkling Heritage Park along S. Huron Ave. 

Upper Peninsula

Marquette  Farmers Market 

The Saturday Morning Farmers Market in Marquette is a vibrant celebration of local agriculture and community spirit. Running from May 18th through October 26th, this market  offers an array of fresh produce, artisanal goods, and homemade treats every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Marquette Commons. Each weekend, residents and visitors alike flock to this bustling market to peruse the offerings of regional farmers, bakers, and craftsmen. From crisp, seasonal fruits and vegetables to fragrant flowers and handcrafted jewelry, there’s something to delight every shopper. For those who crave an evening activity, the Farmers Market also offers the Wednesday Night Market, running from June 19th through August 28th. Each week, Washington Street transforms into a lively marketplace from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Against the backdrop of historic architecture, vendors set up their stalls to showcase the best of the Upper Peninsula bounty.