Where in Michigan to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

This month's notes: April 2014: Spring is just around the corner.  Strawberries are here in Florida, Texas and California, next in late March and April for much of the South, then in May for most of the country and June in cooler northern areas. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam!

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Festivals and Events in Michigan


 

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This one page provides a listing of every known pick-your-own farm and orchard in Michigan. From apples, blueberries, strawberries and vegetables through Christmas trees, they're all here. Whether you call them PYO, U-pick or pick-it-yourself farms,  I'm always looking for suggestions of more farms and events to add and feedback about any you have visited, so if you encounter any, just click on the preceding link, as appropriate!  And if you have a farm and want to add it or correct the information, please click on the link to "add my farm".

Remember to ALWAYS either email, call or click the link to the farm's own website (if they have one) on the morning before you go, to confirm hours, conditions and availability of the specific crops you want!!

And if you want simple instructions how to make jam, how to make applesauce, or how to make apple butter, just click here.  


 

Festivals and Events in Michigan

  • Blueberry Festival in Otter Lake, Michigan - typically held the last Saturday in July. Sat July 26 from 8 am to 6 pm.
    Blueberry Lane Plantation Farm on Blueberry Lane in Otter Lake, Michigan. Phone: 810-656-6400 or 810 -793-4590 after July 1, 2005. The days activities are as follows: FREE PARKING. FREE FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT ALL DAY--WITH DRAWING. FOR A PATIO SET AT 5:00 P.M.
    * $1.00 HOT DOGS/POLISH DOGS. * $1.00 POP/WATER/SLUSHES. * .25 CENT POPCORN PER BAG. * FREE POPCORN IF YOU PICK BLUEBERRIES.
    .10 CENT KIDS GAMES (VARIOUS) WITH : A CANDY PRIZE. FACE PAINTING. CRAFT TABLES. FREE PIE EATING CONTESTS. THERE WILL BE PONY RIDES WHICH WILL THERE WILL BE A CHARGE FOR WE ARE NOT SURE HOW MUCH YET.
    Also for every person that picks 50lbs of blueberries--their name will be placed in a FREE special drawing for another patio set or grill we are not sure yet. This will also be drawn at 5:00 p.m.
  • The Blueberry Festival in Frankfort, Michigan
    August (Dates to be announced). Phone: 231-352-9674.
  • Fruitland Blueberry Festival, Whitehall, Michigan.
    July (Dates to be announced);  Staged Entertainment of local talents, Arts & Crafters, inflatable rides for kids, Blueberry Pancake breakfast and a variety of foods all day from 9-5. Phone: 231-766-3208.
  • Montrose Blueberry Festival in Montrose, Michigan
    August (August 118-22, 2004); -Montrose, Michigan. Phone: 810-639-3475. Email: montroseblueberryfestival@hotmail.com
  • National Blueberry Festival in South Haven, Michigan
    Second Weekend of August; South Haven, Michigan. Phone: 616-637-5252 or 637-5171 
  • Paradise Blueberry Festival in Paradise, MI
    August (typically, the third full weekend in August);  Phone: 906-492-3219

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