Local Food & Farm Guide
Why should you buy local?Help spur economic growth! Simply put, when you spend your dollars locally, the money circulates locally, positively impacting several businesses before it leaves the area. Spending the same amount of money at a large national chain has very little positive impact on the local economy. Know what’s in your food! Buying straight from local farmers gives you the opportunity to ask them important questions about how the food was grown, what farming practices were used and what’s really in your food. Local food can taste better and have more nutritional benefit! Studies show that the distance food travels from farm to table affects attributes like taste and nutrition. Help preserve open space and keep local farms in business! Buying form local farms helps keep smaller farms in business. This helps maintain our rural character and helps farmers afford to keep their farms operating and local jobs in place.
Download a printable copy here: 2012 Food & Farm Guide
To download a copy of the Fruit & Vegetable seasonal availability guide, click here.
To download a printable copy of the 2012 Food & Farm Guide map, click here.
For the online interactive & customizable google map, visit http://www.tinyurl.com/VBC-FarmGuide
To pick up a print copy of the guide, visit the Conservation District office or any of the Farms or Businesses listed below!
Farm & Business ListingsAaron’s Organic Apples-Type: Organic Apples and Cider Location: 7440 N Branch Watervliet, MI 49098 Directions: I-94 exit 41, South 3 miles on M-140. Look for our signs. Hours: September thru October Daily 10:00am–5:00pm Phone: (269)252-9916 or (269)240-8292 Email: email@example.com Website: www.molterfarms.com
Almena Farmers’ Market-Type: Farmers’ Market Location: Almena Township Pavilion 27625 CR 375 Paw Paw Hours: June 4 thru September 24 Saturdays 9:00am–1:00pm Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apple-A-Day Farm-Type: U-Pick and Picked Location: 53392 38th Avenue, Bangor, MI 49013 Phone: (269)674-7127 E-Mail: email@example.com
Arellano’s Farm Market & Mexican Restaurant-Type: Farm Market, U-Pick, Mexican Restaurant & Grocery Location: 36197 M-140 HWY, Covert, MI 49043 Phone: (269)764-0615 Website: www.arellanosfarm.com Hours: Spring & Summer from 7am-10pm, Fall & Winter from 8am-9pm. Directions: From I-94, exit 41 go north about 7 miles. Just before Covert Schools. From I-96, exit 18 go south about 6 miles. Just after Covert Schools.
Barner Farms-Type: Gary and Angie Barner’s Family Farm & Market Location: 65245 County Road 388 South Haven, MI 49090 Hours: June–October; 7 days a week, 8:00am—7:00pm Phone: (269)637-1895 (269)637-1895 (269)637-1895 (269)637-1895 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Dan’s U-Pick’em & Farm Market -Type: U-Pick and Farm Market Location: 65980 66th Ave, Hartford, MI 49057 Phone: (269)621-4037 Website: www.bigdans.com
Bonamego Farm-Type: U-Pick and Market Location: 58041 48th St. Lawrence, MI 49064 Phone: (269)674-3541 Hours: July – October Directions: 2 miles east of Lawrence on Red Arrow, 1/2 mile south on 48th St. Many varieties of tree fruit including Asian pears and chemical free apples. Wide variety of American and Asian vegetables. Most vegetables are raised chemical free and available picked or U-Pick. Many varieties of U-Pick grapes.
Brookside Farms Fritz’s Blueberries-Type: U-Pick, market, and bakery Location: 34448 44th Ave. Paw Paw, MI 49079 Directions: From I-94 take M-40/N. Kalamazoo Street toward downtown Paw Pw, continue to follow M-40 North 3 miles. Turn Left onto 44th Avenue, the farm’s driveway is on the right side of the road. Hours: Late June-September; Monday-Saturday 9:00am-7:00pm, Sunday 2:00pm-6:00pm Phone: (269)521.6244 (269)521.6244 (269)521.6244 (269)521.6244 E-mail: email@example.com Website: fritzsblueberries.com
Christianson’s Greenhouse-Type: Greenhouse Location: 41219 CR 352, Decatur, MI 49045 Directions: From M-51 in Decatur, take George St. south. Make a left on Prairie Ronde St. the second left after crossing the rainroad tracks. Prairie Ronde becomes CR 352. We are approximately a mile from Decautr on teh south side of CR 352. Hours: May & June; Wednesday – Monday, Closed Tuesday 10:00am-6:00pm Phone: (269)423.6039 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: christiansonsgreenhouse.com
Decatur Farmers’ Market-Type: Farmer’s Market Location: 119 N. Phelps Street, Decatur, MI 49045 Phone: (269)423-2411 E-Mail: email@example.com Hours: Saturdays, June – October from 8:30am – 12:30pm Directions: One block north at stop light, on west side of Phelps St. Locally grown produce & farm products from area farms & vendors.
Druskovich Farms, LLC-Type: Farm Market Location: 50335 CR352, Decatur, MI 49045 Phone: (269)423-7866 (269)423-7866 (269)423-7866 (269)423-7866 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: 7:00am – 6:00pm in season Directions: 3 miles northwest of Decatur on CR352.Family owned & operated for over 5 generations of quality strawberries, melons, fresh cut glads & sweet corn – all locally grown on our farm.
Earl’s Farm Marke-Type: U-Pick, Market & Bakery Location: 1630 Blue Star HWY, Fennville, MI 49408 Phone: (269)543-3156 (269)543-3156 (269)543-3156 (269)543-3156 E-Mail: email@example.com Website: www.earlsberries.com Hours: May – October, 7 days a week, 10:00am – 7:00pm Also: Memorial weekend and Labor Day 8:00am – 9:00pm Directions: I-196 exit 30, 1.4 mile north.The Earl family offers U-Pick & we pick strawberries, summer & fall raspberries and blueberries for a family day at the farm. Enjoy our bakery & ice cream shoppe. With homemade fruit & cream pies, breads, cookies, muffins & more. In our Michigan Farm Market – homegrown produce, fruit ciders, salsas, butters, dressings and much more.
Egly Grassfed Beef-Type: Family Farm: Beef Location: 65701 39th St, Paw Paw, MI 49079 Phone: (269)375-9488 or 370-2134 Website: www.eglygrassfedbeef.com Hours: Please call Directions: Paw Paw road to 39th St., south 1/2 mile. On 39th between Paw Paw Road and CR358. We are a small, family owned ranch located southwest of Paw Paw, Michigan. Our cattle are raised entirely on the alfalfa, clover and grasses grown here on the ranch. We raise our cattle naturally in an environmentally friendly, humane, and socially responsible atmosphere, taking great care to give you, our customer, and your family a healthy and flavorful alternative for your table.
Fruit Acres Farm Market & U-Pick-Type: U-Pick and Market Location: 3452 Friday Road, Coloma, MI 49038 Phone: (269)468-5076 Website: www.fruitacresfarms.com Hours: Market open daily 9am – 7pm from mid June – October. U=Pick open most weekends 10am – 5pm from July – October Directions: Farm Market: I-94 at Coloma exit 39 on south side. Easy off – easy on. U-Pick: turn left (south) off exit 39 and drive .8 mile, U-Pick on left side.On our family farm since 1846, we grow Sweet Cherries, Sour Pie Cherries, Sweet Peaches, Crisp Apples for U-Pick or already picked. Also available are Plums, Apricots, Jams, Jellies, Honey, Apple Cider, Frozen Fruit & decorative farm items. Large farm market with friendly service, free fruit samples and a large assortment of locally grown produce. U-Pick has free admission, hayride, picnic area with playground and dwarf trees so no ladders. A great day in the country with your family.
Gene The Pumpkin Man-Type: Family farm: Pumpkins Location: 22637 M43 HWY, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 Phone: (269)668-2952 Hours: Roadside market open mid September through October 31, 10am-8pm 7 days a week. Directions: West of Kalamazoo on M-43 Highway, on the South side of the road. 51 years in the pumpkin business. Many varieties of pumpkins and winter squash, gourds, Indian corn and straw, also a picnic area. Pumpkin honey and pumpkin butter sold year round. Centennial Farm (1885).
Hidden Savanna Nursery-Type: Nursery: Native Michigan Plants Location: 100 N Van Kal Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 Phone: (269)352-3876 Website: www.fruitacresfarms.com E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: Spring & Summer weekends, see website for dates & times. Directions: 1/2 mile south of M-43 on the east side of Van Kal / 22nd Street. We produce wildflowers, grasses and shrubs that are native to Michigan. Most of our seed sources are located in southwestern Michigan. We specialize in upland prairie and savanna species, but we also offer a selection of both wetland and forest species. Family owned and operated.
Holtzman Farms-Type: U-Pick & Picked Location: 67673 M-43 HWY, South Haven, MI 49090 Phone: (269)217-0388 Hours: Daily 8am-5pm, typically starting around June 10. Directions: 1/8 mile East of Jericho Corners on M-43.U-Pick or picked strawberries. We are about halfway between Bangor and South Haven on M-43.
KalCarbon Acres, LLC-Type: Family Farm: Goat Cheese, seasonal produce Location: 22884 44th Ave, Mattawan, MI 49071 Phone: (269)668-4218 Website: www.kalcarbon.com E-Mail: email@example.com Hours: Farm visits by appointment. Directions: 44th Ave between Van Kal and 24th St. Home of Mattawan Artisan Creamery. All products are naturally grown, without chemical herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers. See us at local farm markets or check out our website.
Krohnes Last Stand-Type: Fresh Strawberries and Asparagus Location: 65295 CR 342 Hartford, MI 49057 Phone: (269)424-5423 Website: www.krohneplantfarms.com E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: Mid-April through July 1 Directions: 2 miles east of Sister Lakes, MI
Lawrence Farmers’ Market-Type: Farmer’s Market Location: Downtown Lawrence in the Park – Red Arrow Highway Phone: (269)674-8730 Website: www.lawrencemi.com E-Mail: email@example.com Hours: Saturdays 9:00am-1:00pm July through October. Directions: Just East of the stop light in Downtown Lawrence on Red Arrow Highway – in the park. The Lawrence Farmer’s Market. Hop on Red Arrow Highway and head to Lawrence Michigan, the best little town there is. Stroll through the park with a cup of fair trade Peruvian coffee to the sound of Hank Williams on Saturdays 9am-1pm. Buy local fruits and vegetables! Meet nre people! Don’t delay, the fun is contagious.
Leduc Blueberries-Type: Market, U-Pick and Picked Locations: 43112 M-40 HWY and 37146 30th St. in Paw Paw Phone: (269)657-3871 Website: www.leducblueberries.com Summer Hours: Retail: Monday-Sunday 8-7 U-Pick: Monday-Saturday 8-6 Winter/Spring Hours: Monday & Friday 8-4 & Wednesday 9-5 (retail store only). Retail, Gift Shop & U-Pick. Frozen Blueberries available during winter months.
Locke’s Fruitful Acres-Type: Market, U-Pick & Greenhouse Location: 51520 Gards Prairie, Decatur, MI 49045 Phone: (269)423-6536 E-Mail: Vickie_locke5@yahoo.com Hours: May-August 8:30-6:00 Directions: M-51 south to Decatur, left on Cass-Decatur Road to Marcellys Highway, left to Gards Prairie. Follow signs. Blueberries picked or U-Pick July through August. We also have bedding plants and garden items May through June.
Lone Cedar Blueberry Farm-Type: U-Pick and Market Location: 57623 4th Ave, Grand Junction, MI 49056 Phone: (269)253-4205 Hours: July through September, call for hours. Directions: 7 miles east of South Haven. Take CR388 (Phoenix Road) to CR681, turn south, then east onto 4th Ave. First drive on right. U-Pick blueberries or buy them picked and packed for you from our superior rates packing house.
The Lonely Sugar Shack-Type: Maple Syrup Location: 75140 CR681, Decatur, MI 49045 Phone: (269)674-8799 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: sold by appointment, call for availability Directions: 5 miles south of Red Arrow HWY on CR681. All natural, pure maple syrup made the traditional way. Sap is collected in metal buckets from a 100 year old sugar bush and boiled over a wood fired stove to give you the absolute best quality and taste available.
Moody Family Organic Farm-Type: Family Farm: Fruits & Vegetables Location& Hours: Sell at local farmers Markets: Call for information Phone: (269)621-2546 We grow and sell fruits & vegetables including berries, beans & tomatoes. Our produce is available at the Lawrence and other local Farmer’s Markets. Please contact us for this year’s locations.Money can’t buy you love, but it can buy you my organic vegetables!
New Horizon Blueberries-Type: Fresh Blueberries-U Pick or picked and paced for you. Location: 57623 4th Ave. Grand Junction, MI 49056 Directions: Located 12 miles east of South Haven 1/4 mile south of CR 388 on the corner of CR 681 and 4th Ave. Hours: Sesonal Phone: (269) 253-4205
Old Homestead Farm-Type: Family Farm: Direct marketing of beef & pork Location: 35684 64th Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49079 Phone: (269)330-6547 E-Mail: email@example.com Hours: By appointment (no farm store). Directions: South of Paw Paw on M-40, then west on 64th Ave. Our heritage livestock are pasture raised without added growth hormones or antibiotics. Dexter cattle are small, producing excellent beef for smaller families. The Tamworth is a breed known for its bacon quality and that “old time” pork flavor. All processing is by a USDA inspected facility.
Paulette’s Potting Shed-Type: Greenhouse Location: 54435 Territorial Road (CR352) Phone: (269)423-8035 Hours: Greenhouse open April 24-July1, Visit us at the Lawrence Farmer’s Market July-October, Fall mums available September-October Specializing in Container gardening, custom planting, annuals, perennials, vegetables & herbs.
Peace of Porter Farm-Type: Family Farm: produce and sheep Location: 24462 CR352, Lawton, MI 49065 Phone: (269)655-6770 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Please contact us for more information.
People’s Food Co-Op of Kalamazoo-Type: Co-Op, market Location: 436 S. Burdick Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 Phone: (269)492-6864 E-Mail: email@example.com Website: www.peoplesfoodco-op.org Hours: 7 days a week, 9am-8pm. Locally grown and produced items available year round. Last year alone PFC spent more than $100k supporting local farms and processors, putting our money where our mouth is!
Pine Grove Greenhouse-Type: Greenhouse Location: 25280 CR388, Gobles, MI 49055 Phone: (269)628-4159 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: Mid April through June. Directions: 4 1/2 miles east of Gobles on CR388, 8 miles west of 131 on D ave.Real plants from real growers! Specializing in the highest qulaity proven winners hybrid annuals and perennials. But, offer everything from Apple trees to Zucchini plants. Life’s a Garden, Dig it!
Prak Potatoes-Type: Homegrown Potatoes by Fred and Joan Prak Location: 40114 County Road 352 Decatur, MI 49045Directions: From Decatur; head South on George Street, turn left on Prairie Rhonde (CR 352), we are on the left hand side, look for the big green barn. Hours: Please call to assure we are home. Potatoes are usually available from August—December. Phone: (269)423.8689
Rainey Farms-Type: Family Farm Phone: (269)370-2174 E-Mail: email@example.com All natural, local beef. Individual cuts are available for sale at the South Haven Farmer’s Market. 1/4, 1/2 or whole beef available by order.
Rajzer’s Farm Market-Type: Farm Market & Greenhouse Location: 76301 M-51 HWY, Decatur, MI 49045 Phone: (269)423-4941 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: May through October 9am-6pm Daily. Directions: 4 miles south of I-94 on M-51 or 2 miles north of Decatur. “From our fields to you.” Asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, sweet corn, melons and a full line of in-season fruits and vegetables. Flowers, perennials, hanging baskets and more from our greenhouses. We are a third generation family farm that strives to produce fresh quality products for our customers.
Schueneman Family Farm Market-Type: Market Location: 5940E. Napier Ave, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Phone: (269)944-1639 E-Mail: email@example.com Hours: June 15 – October 31 8am-7pm Directions: 4 miles east of I-94 on Napier Ave, south side. Selling only what we grow, TOm & Martha, with cihldren Sarah, Sami and Jesse, grow turnip, mustard and collard greens, broccoli, cabbage and cabbage sprouts, brussel sprouts, zucchini and yellow squash, cucumbers, melons, peppers, tomatoes, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, gourds and pumpkins. Orders are accepted and freezer quantities are available.“Selling Vegetables We Grow”
Schultz Fruitridge Farms, Inc.-Type: U-Pick and Market Location: 60139 CR652, Mattawan, MI 49071 Phone: (269)668-3742 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.schultzfruitridgefarm.com Hours: May, August through October. Monday Through Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm. Directions: 1.6 mile south of I-94 Mattawan exit 66 or 7 miles west of 131 Centre ave exit 31.Produce & products include apples, apple cider, asparagus, grapes, honey, peaches, pears, pumpkins, squash, sweet corn, fruit butters, jams and fruit salsas. U-Pick available on peaches, grapes and apples. Family owned and operated farm since 1951 with award winning apple cider.
South Haven Farmer’s Market-Type: Local grower’s market Location: Huron street parking lot in downtown South Haven Website: www.southhavenfarmersmarket.com Hours: Saturdays, May through October from 8am-2pm Locally grown vegetables, fruits & plants – perennials, annuals as well as cut flowers. Fine craft form the garden, for the garden and home. Local eggs. Local beef.
Summer Sun Nursery-Type: Nursery Location: 52200 CR681, Lawrence, MI 49064 Phone: (269)621-3391 Hours: April 16 through September 30th Directions: I-94 Lawrence or Hartford exit to Red Arrow Highway, north 1/2 mile on CR681. Summer Sun Nursery takes pride in offering quality plants we grew or finished. No growth regulators used on our annuals, vegetable plants, perennials, trees, shrubs, water plants & more. New this year, cut herbs for restaurant orders or the public.
Sweet Summer Gardens-Type: Greenhouse, Family Farm, U-pick, Farm Market Location: M-140, Just north of hagar Shore Road, Watervliet, MI 49098 Phone: 269-463-5786 Hours: May- August, 7 days a week 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; September, Wednesday – Sunday 11 a.m. to 5:30 pm Directions: 2 miles north of WAtervliet on M-140. Exit 41 off I-94, go north approx. 3 miles. Exit 18 off I-196 on M-140, go south approx. 9 miles. Website: www.sweetsummergardens.com
The Red Brick Coffee Shop-Location: 105 N. Paw Paw Street Lawrence, MI 49064 Phone: 269-674-8080 Website: www.redbrickcoffeeshop.com
The Blueberry Store/True Blue Farms County Store-Location: 525 Phoenix St. South Haven MI 49090 and 09589 CR 215 Grand Junction, MI 49056 Phone: 269-637-6322 Website: www.TheBlueberryStore.comHours:Spring, Summer, Fall 7 days a week; January-April Friday-Sunday
Van Buren County Farm Bureau-Location: 38880 Red Arrow HWY, Paw Paw, MI 49079 Phone: (269)657-5561 Website: http://VanBuren.michfb.com Members of the Van Buren County Farm Bureau have an assortment of great member services and discounts available to them. Call or stop by our ofice to learn more!
The Meathouse-Type: Freezer Beef and Pork Location: 64233 Baseline Road South Haven, MI 49090 Directions: 5 miles east of South Haven on Baseline Road Hours: By appointment only. Please call. Phone: (269)637-3591 E-mail: email@example.com
Wahmhoff Farms Nursery-Type: Nursery Location: 23090 M40 HWY, Gobles, MI 49055 Phone: 1-888-648-7337 1-888-648-7337 1-888-648-7337 1-888-648-7337 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mitrees.com Hours: Year round 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. Directions: 2 1/2 miles north of M-43 on M-40 HWY. Wahmhoff Farms Nursery has been family owned and operated since 1950. We are Van Buren County’s largest Christmas tree farm and nursery. We offer 13 varieties of evergreen trees for the wholesale, retail and U-Cut Christmas tree markets and the live landscape B&B tree market, as well as 20 varieties of high quality evergreen seedlings and transplants from our nursery. In addition, we have a Grower Supply Catalog business, offering high quality raingear and gloves, pruning accessories and related supplies. Visit us online at www.mitrees.com
Walnut Hill Farm-Type:Roses Location: 43148 CR 681 Lawrence, MI Directions: Located 3 miles south of Bangor Phone: By appointment 269-427-4010
Walt & Marie’s County Market-Location: 44947 Red Arrow Highway Phone: 269-254-9729 Website: www.wmcountrymarket.com