Summer is the best season to get your own home grown fruits and vegetables. Whether they come from your garden at home or a local farm, fresh is always best! Here are some fruits and veggies that start their prime picking season in August. Head out today to get some delicious, nutritious and fresh garden grown fruits and veggies! Your mind, body and spirit will devour the healthful earthly boost!
1. Brussels Sprouts
5. Celeriac/celery root
Don’t have time to garden? Here are some local farms you can head to pick your own or simply buy fresh fruits and vegetables:
- Beckwith’s Berries & Blooms – ORGANIC, organic raspberries
2230 Rochester Road, Leonard, MI 48367. Phone: 248-628-7123. Open: Always call before you go to confirm hours and availability; May-October, seven days a week, 10 am to 2 p.m. or by appointment. U-pick or we pick certified organic raspberries, produce, eggs, herbs, freezer jams & honey. 300 varieties of day lilies. Directions: 12 miles N of Rochester on Rochester Road across from Lakeville Lake.
- Candy Cane Christmas Tree Farm – Christmas trees
Oxford, MI. Phone: 248-628-8899.Â Cut a fresh, beautiful “Snow Fresh” quality Christmas tree. Nine varieties including Fraser Fir. Fresh wreaths and roping. Hot drinks in the barn. Exotic animals. Live trees available for planting Spring and Fall. Open: Monday to Friday, noon to 5 pm Saturday, & Sun., 9 am to 5 p.m. Open for Christmas trees starting Saturday, before Thanksgiving. Directions: 4780 Seymour Lake Road From I-75 take Exit 89 (Sashabaw Rd.) and go N 4-1/2 miles Turn right (E) on Seymour Lake Road and go 3/4 mile Farm is on the right. From Oxford (M-24) turn W on Burdick and go 3 miles Left on Baldwin for 1/3 miles Right on Seymour Lake
- Erwin Orchards U-Pick Cider – thornless red & yellow raspberries, u-pick sweet cherries, pumpkins. Festivals, wagon rides, hay maze, Children’s Spooky Barn. Barn of Horrors & Labyrinth for adults
South Lyon, MI . Phone: 248-437-0150. Email: email@example.com. Quality since 1920. Cider & doughuts. Summer & Fall u-pick thornless red & yellow raspberries, u-pick sweet cherries, 14 varieties of apples, pumpkins. Festivals, wagon rides, kids’ barn yard with trike trail, 55 ft. balloon with slide, hay maze, goats and Children’s Spooky Barn. Barn of Horrors & Labyrinth for adults. Tours by appointment, Monday to Friday Open: early July-mid Nov., daily, 9 am to 6 pm. Directions: I-96 to Kent Lake Road (Exit 153). Go S 1 mileÂ to Silver Lake Road, turn E. At Pontiac Trail turn S and follow signs to Cider Mill (grey building). Located near Kensington Metro Park. Nearest cities are South Lyon and Brighton.
- Long Family Orchard & Cider Mill – strawberries, apples, hayrides, pumpkins
CommerceÂ Twp., MIÂ Phone: 248-360-3774.Â Fresh asparagus in May. U-pick strawberries in June. Fresh sweet corn July-September. U-pick or picked fresh cider, donuts, cider mill, hayrides on weekends Sept.-Oct. U-pick or picked pumpkins in Oct. School field trip tours by appointment Sept.-Oct. Fresh apples & cider mill thru Thanksgiving. Specific seasons and hours vary, call the hotline for informationÂ Directions: Located in Commerce Twp. at Commerce & Bogie Lake Road, just N of Huron Valley Hospital. 5 miles E of Milford. 4 miles S of M-59. From the S, take Haggerty N to the end, turn left, then right. At the third light (Wise Rd.) turn left, go 3 miles. (UPDATED: August 01, 2008)
- Middleton Berry Farm – strawberries, fall raspberries, tomatoes and pumpkins
4888 Oakwood Road, Ortonville, MI 48462. Phone: 248-628-1819. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: 5 miles east of Ortonville between M-15 and M-24. From I-75 take Exit 84 (Baldwin Rd.). Go north on Baldwin Rd 10 miles to Oakwood Road, turn left. Farm is one mile on the left. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October. Open: Call for picking days and times. Payment: Cash, Check, Credit cards. (UPDATED: June 13, 2011)
- Blake Orchard & Cider Mill – Train ride tours, apples, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, plums, haunted barn, hayrides, mazes, u-cut Christmas trees
17985 Armada Center, Armada, MI 48005. Phone: 586-784-5343. Email: email@example.com. Train ride tours, watch cider being pressed, farm animals, u-pick apples, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, plums, haunted barn, hayrides, mazes, food, u-cut Christmas trees. Open: June thru December ., 9 am to 6 p.m. Also, weekends in October, 6-11 pm. Directions: Take M-53 N to 32 Mile Road Go E 2 miles to Romeo Plank Road Go N 3 miles to Armada Center Road, E 1 mile.
- Hys Cider Mill – apples, pumpkins
Romeo, MI. Phone: 810-798-3611. Cider, donuts, caramel apples, petting farm, jams, jellies, picked and u-pick apples, pumpkins. Open: Sept.-October, weekends only, 11 am to 6 pm. Directions: Van Dyke N of Romeo to 37 Mi. Road 1-1/2 miles W (left) of Van Dyke. S of Almont 3-1/2 miles to 37 Mile Road, turn right 1-1/2 W of Van Dyke.
- Miller’s Big Red Barn - apples, pumpkins, strawberries and raspberries Washington, MI.Â Â Phone: 810-752-7888.Â U-pick: apples, pumpkins, strawberries and raspberries. Also available, peaches, fresh produce, plums, grapes and many more. Fall group tours; educational fun for all ages. Haunted hayride; a nighttime ride through our haunted orchard. Bakery and Country Store offers lots and lots of homestyle pies, breads, donuts, butters, jams & jellies. Free petting farm. Fudge Shop & Cider Mill. Greehouses; full of bedding plants and Fall mums. Open: May 1-November 24, 9 am to 8 pm, seven days a week. Directions: I-75 to N. Rochester Road, to 32 Mile Rd.; or M-53 to 32 Mile Road (on 32 Mile Road between Rochester Road and Van Dyke.)
- The annual Michigan Peach Festival – peaches
Romeo, MI. Phone: (586) 752-4436. Open: August 29 through September 2nd. The Michigan Peach Festival will run from August 29 through September 2 in Romeo. It features a parade, classic cars and a number of items made with peaches. For information, call the Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce at (586) 752-4436. It runs every Labor Day weekend. As many as 400,000 people from from all over to Romeo for the five-day festival organized by the Romeo Lions of Northern Macomb County.
- Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill – apples, raspberries, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), and prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, pony rides, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
2961 W. 32 Mile, Romeo, MI 48065. Phone: 586-752-2453. Fax: 586-752-3976. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: Located on 32 mile between Van Dyke(M53) and Rochester Road North side of road; And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in January, February, March, September, October, November, December. Open: Daily September through December 31st from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; then January through March on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Payment: Cash, Check.
- Van Houtte Farm Market – U-pick tomatoes and peppers
69475 Romeo Plank, Armada, MI. Phone: 586-752-5671. Directions: Three miles east of Romeo; turn north on Romeo Plank Road and go 1/4 mile. Open: 9 am to 7 pm, opening in July. Prepicked herb and vegetable plants through mid-June. Sweet corn, tomatoes, melons, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers and other seasonal fruits and vegetables. U-pick tomatoes and peppers start in August
- Verellen Orchards – U-pick strawberries, cherries
63260 Van Dyke, Romeo, MI 48095. Phone: 586-752-2989. Family owned and run since 1920 with prepicked apples, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries, grapes, cider mill, bakery, pier, donuts baked daily, frozen fruit and vegetable sale twice a year, fresh vegetables in season. MACMA member. Directions: 30 miles N of Detroit on M-53 (Van Dyke) 3 miles S of Romeo/take M-53 bypass to business district & orchards exit head N on M-53. Open: year round, Monday to Friday 6:30am-6pm Saturday and Sunday 7am-6pm.
- Westview Orchards and Adventure Farm – Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, cherries, peaches, pumpkins, strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, Bouncy pillow, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
65075 Van Dyke, Washington Township, MI 48095. Phone: 586-752-3123. Alternate Phone: 866-986-4386. Fax: 586-752-4445. Email: email@example.com. Open: 7 days a week 10 am to 5 pm, Middle of June to October 31. Directions: GPS coordinates 42.77253, -83.01888 45 minutes north of Detroit. Northwest corner of Van Dyke (M-53) and 30 Mile Rd. Click here for a map and directions. All tours are available weekdays 9am to 4 pm only and by reservation only Bees and Blossoms Tour: May to Early June Strawberry Tour; Middle to late June Cherry Tour: Late June to Middle of July Peach Tour: Early to Middle August Apple Tour: September to end of October Pumpkin Tour: Late September to end of October Pick and Play: Available during weekdays only; UPick with limited Family Fun including Petting Farm, Playground, Obstacle course Fall Family Fun: Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm, Labor Day Weekend to end of October. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) certified 2010 Centennial Farm of the Year 2010 Second Place Winner in the Michigan Cider Contest Featured on America’s Heartland Series. Host of Grandma Kay’s Annual 5K Run/Walk For Charity Family Fun Season passes available Schoolhouse Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe Open June 1 to Aug 31, Monday to Saturday 11 am to 9 pm, Sunday 11 am to 6 pm September 1 to October 31, 7 days a week 11 am to 6 pm. (UPDATED: March 17, 2011)
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