Pick some local produce and cruise through an apple orchard this fall.
MICHIGAN—Did you know the Mitten State is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the nation? Our agriculture industry contributes more than $100 billion to our state economy every year. Part of this success is due to our state’s unique microclimates creating optimal growing conditions.
Michigan is among the top producers of apples, pumpkins, cherries, and blueberries in the country. It’s in our culture too, since Michiganders love to grab cider and donuts at the first sign of fall. Visiting a pumpkin patch or taking a harvest hayride is an iconic tradition for many Michigan families. Since the majority of Michigan farms are family-owned and operated, family tradition is literally built into our favorite farms.
We’ve scouted out farms across the state to find the best autumn getaways for the harvest season.
Northwest Michigan and Upper Peninsula
Hayes Corn Maze (Delta County)
3474 Saint Nicholas Rd., Rock, MI 49880
This Upper Peninsula mainstay is a family-friendly attraction with a 7-acres corn maze and maze trivia. Visitors can pick their own pumpkins and take a hayride with the family. There are a variety of other challenges, such as a Space Tilt Challenge, Ball Climb Challenge, Pumpkin Bowling, and more!
Visit the Hayes Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch website for more information.
Jacob’s Farm (Traverse City)
7100 East Traverse Hwy, M-72 West, Traverse City, MI 49684
Just outside Traverse City, Jacob’s Farm is 40 acres of farmland offering plenty to do. Ten acres of land are devoted to their corn maze, which is cut and designed every season with GPS technology. The U-pick farm includes Honey Crisp and Zestar apples, and other seasonal offerings like cherries, strawberries, raspberries, Saskatoon berries, peaches, and plums. It’s also a great spot to relax with some great pizza and adult beverages.
Visit the Jacob’s Farm website for more information.
Rennie Orchards (Grand Traverse County)
11221 Monroe Rd., Williamsburg, MI 49690
It’s not a visit to Traverse City without some fresh cherries. Rennie Orchards serves up fresh sweet and tart cherries as well as 19 varieties of apples. Other produce includes pumpkins, pears, apricots, peaches, and prunes. Recreational activities include a hay bale maze, hay wagon rides, log cabin, teepee, and more.
Visit the Rennie Orchards website for more information.
King Orchards (Antrim County)
4620 M-88, Central Lake, MI 49622
986 US 31 S, Kewadin, MI 49648
With two locations around Torch Lake, King Orchards is a great option for U-pick cherries in the Grand Traverse Bay area. Over 140 acres grow Montmorency tart cherries, Balaton cherries, and black sweet cherries. Also available are apples, pears, peaches, apricots, plums, and nectarines. They also sell baked goods such as pies, cookies, and muffins, as well as ciders, juices, jams, and jellies.
Visit the King Orchards website for more information.
Coveyou Scenic Farm Market (Petoskey)
4160 US-131, Petoskey, MI 49770
Just south of Petoskey is the historic Coveyou Farm, in operation for over 100 years. Coveyou specializes in organic produce as well as grocery items, fall trimmings, and holiday greens. The Farm Market sells a wide variety of natural goods, including annuals and perennials, local organic produce, pumpkins, grocery products, local artisan products, outdoor furniture, and more. The farm also provides planting and potting services.
Visit the Coveyou Scenic Farm Market website for more information.
Knaebe’s Apple Farm & Ciderworks (Presque Isle County)
2621 S Karsten Rd., Rogers City, MI 49779
Knaebe’s has over 50 varieties of apple trees spread over 13 acres of land. The farm offers U-pick apples and pumpkins as well as cider, baked goods, jams, and more. The farm also offers a corn maze, pony rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, barrel train rides, and farm animals.
Visit the Knaebe’s Apple Farm & Ciderworks website for more information.
Tawas Blueberry Farm (Iosco County)
838 Leggett Rd, Tawas City, MI 48763
The Tawas Blueberry Farm, formerly known as the Czaika Blueberry Farm, has been in continuous operation for 6 decades. It offers four varieties of blueberry: Northlands, Earliblues, Toro’s, and Patriots. Visitors are allowed to bring their own containers to the U-Pick farm.
Visit the Tawas Blueberry Farm website for more information.
The Howling Pumpkin (Roscommon County)
7201 E West Branch Rd., St Helen, MI 48656
The Howling Pumpkin is a 20-acre pumpkin patch and corn maze. In addition to pumpkins, the Howling Pumpkin also offers seasonal sunflowers, hayrides, hay bales, bounce houses, yard games, farm animals, and much more!
Visit the Howling Pumpkin website for more information.
Johnson’s Pumpkin Farm (Saginaw)
4715 N Portsmouth Rd., Saginaw, MI 48601
Ever wanted to hurl pumpkins with a trebuchet? Johnson’s Pumpkin Farm lets you do just that. A wide variety of pumpkins are available with 80 different variations in many different sizes. A 13-acre corn maze provides fun for the whole family, while a soybean maze and sunflower maze, each an acre each, provide great fun for kids. Also enjoy train rides, a petting zoo, and a large craft store.
Visit the Johnson’s Pumpkin Farm website for more information.
Weiss Centennial Farm and Frankenmuth Corn Maze (Frankenmuth)
5450 Weiss Rd., Frankenmuth, MI 48734
The Weiss Centennial Farm is a dairy farm offering education on milk production and Michigan agriculture. The main attraction, the Frankenmuth Corn Maze is packed with outdoor fun! The corn maze spreads over five acres of corn, with two and a half miles of trails, and puzzles in the Maze Courtyard. There are also twenty game stations
The Fruitful Orchard & Cider Mill (Gladwin County)
5740 M-61, Gladwin, MI 48624
Just north of Mount Pleasant, the Fruitful Orchard & Cider Mill offers 30 varieties of apples and apple cider. Other produce includes sweet and tart cherries, blackberries, pears, grapes, and pumpkins. The country store offers other sundries like honey, jams, jellies, maple syrup, and other gift items. Family activities are offered on weekends, such as live cider pressing, hayrides, and wagon rides.
Visit the Fruitful Orchard & Cider Mill website for more information.
Uncle John’s Cider Mill (Clinton County)
8614 US-127, St Johns, MI 48879
This fifth-generation family farm started as a wholesale fruit and vegetable farm that eventually added cider and homemade baked goods to its repertoire. The current cider mill is housed in the old cattle barn and a variety of apples are offered. A variety of seasonal activities are also available, including a pumpkin patch, corn maze, sunflower picking, live music, wagon rides, gemstone mining, and more!
Visit the Uncle John’s Cider Mill website for more information.
Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery (Grand Rapids)
3142 4 Mile Rd. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
This west Michigan favorite is a centennial farm, offering apples and other fruits for over a century. Robinette’s 125 acres grow 35 different varieties of apples. Visitors may choose from these apples to pick themselves. Cherries, peaches, nectarines, and apricots are also offered for sale. In the big red barn, try Robinette’s six wines made in-house out of 19 total wines available, or visit a nut maker or popcorn maker. For family fun, try the 6.5-acre corn maze, hayrides, nature trail, petting zoo, or jumping pillow.
Visit the Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery website for more information.
Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm (Grand Rapids)
3025 6 Mile Rd. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
This fifth-generation family farm houses Pink Barrel Cellars, where beer, wine, and hard cider are crafted. A wide variety of produce is offered for U-pick, including apples, pumpkins, cherries, strawberries, and asparagus. Other vegetables are offered for sale, like sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, green peppers, and more. Many other seasonal items are offered, such as baked goods, honey, and maple syrup. An 8-acre corn maze is trivia-based and suited for all ages. Live music and other events may be available seasonally.
Visit the Ed Dunneback & Girls website for more information.
Fruit Ridge Hayrides (Kent County)
11966 Fruit Ridge Ave., Kent City, MI 49330
Fruit Ridge Hayrides offers horse-drawn hayrides year-round, with the best rates during the fall. Outside of fall, hayrides and winter sleigh rides are by reservation only. The farm offers 11 types of U-pick apples. Pumpkins and squash are available either U-pick or pre-picked. In the fall, a 10-acre corn maze challenges visitors with a theme that changes annually. Families may also enjoy the pony rides, petting zoo, and pig train.
Visit the Fruit Ridge Hayrides website for more information.
Bethke Farms (Grand Haven)
12124 136th Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417
Bethke Farms is a great site to pick out Halloween pumpkins fresh off the vine. Thousands of pumpkins in a variety of sizes are available for purchase. A new 3.5-acre corn maze is also available, as well as hayrides and a pirate ship play area.
Visit the Bethke Farms website for more information.
Jollay Orchards (Berrien County)
1850 Friday Rd., Coloma, MI 49038
Since 1857, the Jollay Orchards have supplied Michigan with a variety of fruit. Visitors may choose from U-pick apples in eight varieties, sweet and tart cherries, pumpkins, black raspberries, and freestone peaches. The Farm Market includes fresh apple pies, jams, jellies, barbecue sauce, mustards, salsas, and more. Family-friendly fun can be had in a cornfield maze, fishing pond, animal farm, caterpillar crawl, and haunted house.
Visit the Jollay Orchards website for more information.
Corey Lake Orchards (St. Joseph County)
12147 Corey Lake Rd., Three Rivers, MI 49093
Rated the “Best Place to Buy Fruit” in 2014, Corey Lake Orchards offers a farm market offering plentiful varieties of fruits and vegetables grown on the farm. Their bakery features pies and pastries made from farm-fresh produce. Other Michigan-made products are sold here, including varieties of cheese, honey, maple syrup, jams, and jellies. Corey Lake offers U-pick for seasonal varieties of apples, white grapes, and blueberries.
Visit the Corey Lake Orchards website for more information.
Crane Orchards U-Pick and Corn Maze (Allegan County)
6054 124th Ave., Fennville, MI 49408
Crane Orchards offers U-pick for 17 varieties of apples, 7 varieties of peaches, and 6 varieties of sweet cherries. A 15-acre corn maze is also on the farm, as well as hayrides and a cow train. Two pavilions are the perfect setting for special events. Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery is located on-site and offers homemade pies, preserves, maple syrup, wine, and hard ciders.
Visit the Crane Orchards website for more information.
Southeast Michigan and Detroit Metro
Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill (Wayne County)
10685 Warren Rd., Plymouth, MI 48170
Plymouth Orchards is a woman-owned family business and certified organic farm. Although U-pick is only offered for their pumpkin patch, visitors can buy organic apples in two-and-a-half pound bags and non-organic apples by the peck or bushel. The Red Shed Market also offers a variety of other goods, like caramel apples, fresh pies, donuts, honey, jam, and fresh baked bread. The Cider Mill offers non-organic cider. Enjoy the farm with wagon rides or visit the farm animals. Live music is offered on the weekends.
Visit the Plymouth Orchards website for more information.
Erwin Orchards (Oakland County)
61475 Silver Lake Rd., South Lyon, MI 48178
Erwin Orchards has 200 acres of fruit-growing fun. Visitors may choose from 14 varieties of U-pick apples. Red raspberries, yellow raspberries, sweet cherries, asparagus, and pumpkins are also available via U-pick. A two-acre corn maze is available, as are wagon rides, a goat walk, sunflower garden, and petting zoo. On weekends, enjoy Mr. Bee’s Big 3-D Adventure and Farmer Bill’s Target Paintball.
Visit the Erwin Orchards website for more information.
Hazen’s Farm (Livingston County)
1144 Peavy Rd., Howell, MI 48843
Just north of Ann Arbor is Hazen’s Farm in Howell, a U-pick farm with blueberries and other crops. Blueberry varieties include Bluecrop, Blueray, and Jersey. The farm also offers raspberries, plums, and peaches depending on the season. Their Country Store and bakeshop, Sweet Marias, offers up several confectionaries, including pies, muffins, cookies, brownies, zucchini bread, ice cream, and more.
Visit the Hazen’s Farm website for more information.
DeBuck’s Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, and Sunflower Farm (Wayne County)
50240 Martz Rd., Belleville, MI 48111
DeBuck’s Giant Corn Maze is not just one corn maze, but three. Visitors may choose their level of difficulty: easy, medium, or hard. DeBuck’s also features a 20-acre pumpkin patch and 15-acre sunflower field. Family fun attractions include wagon rides, human foosball, pedal trike track and pedal go karts, a super slide, and much more. Check out DeBuck’s Sweet Treats for donuts, cotton candy, kettle corn, funnel cakes, and other treats.
Visit the DeBuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch website for more information.
Thumb Region of Michigan
Blake Orchard & Cider Mill and Blake’s Big Apple (Macomb County)
17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada, MI 48005
71485 North Ave., Armada, MI 48005
The cider mill company famous for it’s “Flannel Mouth” hard cider is also an autumn attraction offering 14 varieties of apples for U-pick across three separate locations. The Orchard & Cider Mill also offers sunflowers and cut flowers. Other produce includes plums, tomatoes, pumpkins, cucumbers, radishes, eggplant, cabbage, green beans, and both hot and sweet peppers. Fans of Flannel Mouth will enjoy Blake’s Tasting Room, where the trademark hard ciders are available on tap. Many family-friendly activities are found at Blake’s Funland in both the Orchard & Cider Mill location and Big Apple location. Visitors may enjoy a cornfield or corn stalk maze, straw bale maze, haunted village, inflatable axe throwing, water duck races, animal petting farm, and much more.
Visit the Blake’s website for more information.
Spicer Orchards (Fenton)
10411 Clyde Rd., Fenton, MI 48430
Five generations of the Spicer family have grown fruit in southeastern Michigan. Spicer Orchards in Fenton offers U-pick fruits that include 12 varieties of apples, strawberries, tart, and sweet cherries, raspberries, and blueberries. Their market may also include varieties of pears, peaches, and other apples, depending on season availability. Spicer Orchards has a cider mill with cider pressing viewing area. On weekends, plenty of all-ages fun can be had with a corn maze, wagon rides, farm playground, train ride, bounce houses, zip line, pony rides, and other vendors. Adults are free to enjoy the Spicer’s Orchard Winery, which is open year-round.
Visit the Spicer Orchards website for more information.
Indigo Lavender Farms (Lapeer)
631 N Van Dyke Rd., Imlay City, MI 48444
Imlay City, just east of Flint, is a destination hotspot for lavender. The Original Michigan Lavender Festival, the largest lavender festival on the east coast, is held here in the summer. Indigo Lavender Farms, though, sells lavender products year-round. The farm grows 9 varieties of lavender and offers U-pick of the fragrant flower in the summer. They infuse lavender into a variety of products, including essential oils, sachets, honey, candles, linen spray, and more. Seasonal classes, tours, educational activities, and other events are also held at the farm.
Visit the Indigo Lavender Farms website for more information.
Fick Farms (Lapeer)
3199 N Lapeer Rd., Lapeer, MI 48446
Fick Farms grows a variety of vegetables and local produce and also has a farm market selling local and in-season produce. One product includes local food boxes, which include all the local ingredients needed to make the meal of the week. They have a U-cut flower garden where visitors can choose from hundreds of different blooms in late summer and early fall. The harvest season also brings a U-pick pumpkin patch, a 10-acre corn maze, hayrides, and farm animals. They also sell hand-crafted wreaths and grave blankets in early winter.
Why Supporting Local Farms Matters in 2021
It’s been a challenging year for Michigan’s farms. The Mitten State has a variety of diverse microclimates that are typically optimal for a wide variety of crops. Without microclimates like the Fruit Belt, we wouldn’t be famous for crops such as Traverse City’s trademark tart cherries.
This year, though, unexpected weather patterns have presented a set of difficulties for our farms. First a warmer March kickstarted the growing season ahead of schedule, then crop-threatening frost occurred in late April. Then June brought a drought that created wilting crops. As if that wasn’t enough, storms causing flooding threatened disease for crops in the Lower Peninsula by the end of June and into July.
The Michigan Apple Committee reported a dip in apple crop yields for 2021. The yield was about 6 million bushels under average. The more frequent freeze-thaw cycles at the beginning of the season also reduced tart cherry yields by 4 million pounds. The strong storms also pushed hops farmers to harvest early. In a peculiar contrast, however, the USDA forecasts a record year for Michigan’s corn yield.
This autumn season is a great time to help support Michigan’s agriculture economy after a difficult year. We’ve compiled a variety of local farms from all over the Mitten to add to your must-travel list.