Lakeshore Harvest Country  -

veggiesMost everybody loves a ride through the country to see at the rolling hills, enjoy the peaceful country roads, the enormous barns and silos, and herds of farm animals. It can really be fun if there is the occasional farm market or petting zoo along the way or if there is a special place where you can stop and visit the farmers, tour the farms and get up close with the animals. Lake Shore Harvest Country offers all of this and much more. Even better, the whole region is close in, well mapped and has all kinds of special events to help you plan that perfect day trip.

There are farms to visit and farm markets galore in this region including some that have been in the same family for generations like Overhiser Orchards, where you can pick your own cherries, peaches, plums, apples and pears. There is plenty of homemade food to sample on the way along with the fresh produce. You will discover locally produced wines, jams, jellies, artisan breads, salsas, homemade pies and ice cream.

There is more in Lake Shore Harvest Country. As you go from farm to farm you can discover some real hidden treasures like the working artist studio in Fennville, the antiques in Glenn or the quilt shops and quilt blocks scattered along the way. The quilt blocks on the trail mark farms to visit and provide a cool way to tour the region. When you spot one of these on the side of a barn you know that there is a story waiting about the farm itself, an heirloom quilt or a family tradition.

Finally, if you are looking for events to attend as well, there are several that happen in this unique area each year. One that is very popular is the Annual Road Rally. It is a neat way to enjoy the back roads, listen to tall tales by the farmers and celebrate with other participants at the end. Lake Shore Harvest Country is a creation of the farms and businesses located there. The region is just inland from Lake Michigan from just south of South Haven to just south of Holland and, roughly speaking, runs about 10 – 15 miles inland from the lake shore. The group responsible has a website you can find with an online search and produces printed maps and brochures. All of this great Michigan fun and agriculture is an easy day trip for visitors to the west side of the state. Remember that this is an agricultural region and many of the destinations are only open during the harvest season.