Farm Favorites in Michigan

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Reap the bounty of southwestern Michigan’s fertile farmland at these four places:

Jollay Orchards
Walk the 157-year-old farmstead picking cherries, raspberries, and peaches. Stop by Grandpa’s Cider Mill for cider samples and scratch-made fruit doughnuts, pies, jams, and jellies. jollayorchards.com, (269) 468-3075

Stover’s Farm Market & U-Pic
Strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries are yours for the taking in July at this sixth-generation family-run farm, as are apricots and five types of peaches. stoversupic.com, (269) 471-1401

Nye’s Apple Barn
These raspberry, blackberry, and peach fields—10 minutes from the lakeshore—are open for summer picking. Come back in September for apples and grapes, too—the same grapes the family sells to Welch’s. nyesapplebarn.com, (269) 429-0596

Lavender Hill Farms
Southwestern Michigan’s soil is as good to flowers as it is to produce. From mid-June to mid-late July, wade through eight varieties of lavender to cut your perfect bouquet ($5 for each six-inch bunch). thelavenderhill.com, (269) 684-0123

Originally published in the July 2014 issue.

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