Local Area Farmer's Markets & U-Picks
Here is the 2015 Summer Farmers Market schedule.
Ludington's farmers market is operated from 3pm-8pm on Saturdays from May 8 to September 25. It is located at the North James Street Plaza.
Scottville's farmers market is held from 9am to 12pm on Saturdays from June 6 to October 3. It is located outdoors at Miller's Marketplace, 202 N. Main St.
Pentwater has two farmers markets during the summer months, one on Mondays and one on Thursdays. Both are from 10am to 1pm on the Pentwater Village Green. Pentwater Farmers Markets begin Monday, June 1 and continue through Monday, September 7.
Manistee's farmers market is located on Memorial Drive and is open from 8am to 2pm Saturday, May 23 until Saturday, October 17.
Approximate Harvest Times for West Michigan:
Late April/May: Asparagus, Rhubarb
June: Asparagus, Cherries, Corn, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries
July: Apples, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cherries, Corn, Green Beans, Peaches, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Zucchini
August: Apples, Blackberries, Blueberries, Corn, Green Beans, Peaches, Raspberries, Tomatoes, Watermelons, Zucchini
September: Apples, Green Beans, Tomatoes, Watermelons, Zucchini
October: Apples, Tomatoes, Zucchini
Asparagus starts the season in the spring, with Michigan being the third largest producer in the nation. Oceana County is actually known as the "Asparagus Capital of the World," due to its high production of this healthy crop.
Also in the spring comes the maple syrup, a true American sweetener. Here in Mason County, Kistlercrest Farm on Old PM Highway produces about 1,200 gallons of syrup every year. The real thing is thinner than the brands of syrup you buy in the supermarket, but the taste is far superior. The Kistlers also make maple sugar candy, granulated maple sugar, and at Christmas, maple cream candies.
As summer arrives, so does the fresh bounty of fruits and vegetables, including apples, cherries, lettuce, sweet corn, and strawberries. Local farm markets and even roadside stands sell the freshest produce, picked daily. Near the end of summer, it's blueberry time. Michigan tops the list for the most blueberries grown in the nation. Various U-picks in the area let you grab a basket and choose your own blueberries.
Autumn is a wonderful time in West Michigan, with cool temperatures, trees sprouting gorgeous colors of reds, yellows, and oranges, and best of all...pumpkins! Driving through the countryside in search of the perfect pumpkin is enjoyable in itself, but once you arrive at your destination, you're in for a treat. Many farms offer corn mazes, hayrides, and pumpkin decorating, just in time for Halloween.
For a list of local Farm Markets, visit our Farm Markets and U-Pick Farms page.
Also read about Farm Markets in Northern Michigan.