Explore Lakeshore Harvest Country
Explore our region’s “Fruit Belt”
Head to the farm this July! Nestled along a 30-mile stretch of Michigan’s “Fruit Belt” region lies a collection of orchards, farms and vineyards known as Lakeshore Harvest Country. Take full advantage of West Michigan’s agri-tourism heritage and decide what activity you’re in the mood for this summer season – whether that’s picking blueberries, trying artisan goat cheese, or experiencing the farm-to-table restaurants, we’ve got it all in the Saugatuck, Douglas, Fennville area!
Dee’s Lakeshore Farm
This wonderful family-owned farm offers a wide variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the summer season. Whether you’re looking for juicy peaches, crisp peppers, or the classic Michigan blueberries, you can count on Dee’s to have it all.
Evergreen Lane Farm & Creamery
Visit this charming goat cheese creamery if you’re in the mood for some of the best hand-crafted artisan cheese. You’ll sure to have a unique experience whether you’re visiting the tasting room, going for the view, or planning to watch the goats roam around. For an unforgettable experience, make this a stop on your list!
Fenn Valley Vineyards & Winery
Located on 240-acres of farmland, this third-generation, family-owned vineyard created the slogan, “The Lake Effect Everyone Loves,” for a reason. Being situation close to Lake Michigan makes grape growing possible, and is what has created a pretty great Michigan wine. If you’re in the mood for a glass of their popular Classic Port, paired with a small plate, or just want to take a tour of the production vineyards, visit Fenn Valley today.
Situated on acres of vibrant farmland and orchards is Virtue Cider, the perfect place to enjoy a glass (or two) of their July cider of the month, Michigan Cherry. Whether you choose to sit along the orchard’s grounds or opt to be inside the cider house, you can’t find a bad spot. Also before you leave, don’t forget to stock up on a their heritage vegetables – only available for purchase during the summer season.
Khnemu Studio on Fernwood Farm
This beautiful studio and gallery are down a quiet country road and showcases what it means to be off the beaten path. Here, you’ll find a wonderful selection of handmade pottery and gallery pieces from resident artist, Dawn Soltysiak, in addition to work from over 30 Michigan artists. Not only this, but you’ll experience the beauty of peacocks, horses, llamas, grass-fed cattle and free-range chickens who also reside there. Visit Khnemu Studio and explore all the solar powered farm has to offer.
Root – Fennville
If you love fresh tasty food, do yourself a favor and head to Root Café. Owners Dawn and Rob Soltysiak take fresh, locally sourced ingredients – which are grown at their farm, Fernwood Farm – and turn that into something delicious for everyone. They have a wide range of menu options and are always willing to customize them based on dietary restrictions. You won’t regret choosing Root.
Salt of the Earth
Opt for another farm-to-table meal with this rustic-American eatery. You can always expect to find fresh ingredients and dishes made from scratch in their “SotE” kitchen. Whether you’re looking for a wood fired pizza topped with fresh buffalo mozzarella, crushed tomato and basil, or a fresh rainbow trout with pickled black beans and fennel – you can bet you’ll find a great variation here.
Make it an Adventure
After exploring the farms in Fennville, make a stop back in Saugatuck. Hungry Village offers two great tour options that allow you to go beyond the storefronts and learn about our lakeshore’s premier farms, orchards, blueberry plantations, vintners, and creameries in the area. After a day spent at the farm, consider choosing one of our beautiful bed & breakfasts, hotels, motels or cottages and vacation homes around the Saugatuck, Douglas or Fennville area! Click here for availability.
*For a full list of participating Lakeshore Harvest Country members, click here.