On a crisp fall afternoon, there’s nothing more charming than exploring a beautiful family farm. Colorful leaves, pumpkin patches, fresh apple cider, and so much more — these surefire signs of autumn are enough to excite any Michigander. Here are nine family farms in the Great Lakes State that will certainly delight you this season.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Bosserd Family Farm (14721 Verona Rd, Marshall)
This charming little farm in Marshall has something for each and every member of the family. During the fall months, you’ll find everything from a petting farm to fresh produce — and all sorts of other attractions for kiddos and adults alike. It’s difficult to imagine a more peaceful spot.
2. Post Family Farm (5081 Bauer Rd, Hudsonville)
Situated on 80 stunning acres, this family-operated farm in Hudsonville is nothing short of magical. The farm comes to life in the fall months, hosting fall festivals, U-Pick pumpkins, and all sorts of tasty autumn treats. Children can take a fun ride on the "pumpkin train," and Post Family Farms can even be rented out for special events like weddings. What’s not to love?
3. Lewis Farms (4180 W M 20, New Era)
This wonderful destination in the town of New Era doubles as a petting zoo, but that’s not all it offers. When you visit Lewis Farms, you’ll find tasty produce, an on-site farm market, a corn maze, and plenty of pumpkins to round out the fall season. Few spots in Michigan are quite so fun-filled during the autumn months.
4. Geers Farms (5600 W Geers Rd, McBain)
This beautiful farm in McBain is full to the brim with exciting activities throughout the fall season, including wagon rides, costume parties, and a corn maze. On weekends throughout October, the farm comes to life with "Pumpkin Days," which offer visitors the chance to visit with animals, fire an apple cannon, and — of course — take home a pumpkin or two.
5. Teusink's Pony Farm (1468 32nd St, Holland)
As of 2017, this delightful family farm in Holland has been in operation for 120 years. From hayrides to pony rides to opportunities to get up close and personal with all sorts of farm animals, Teusink’s is the place to be in the fall. You’ll have a blast no matter when you visit, but autumn is an especially magical season at this lovely locale.
6. Klackle Orchards (11466 W Carson City Rd, Greenville)
Apples, pumpkins, sugary donuts, bonfires, and more — can you imagine anything more perfect during the fall months? Klackle Orchards is a wonderland of autumn activities, offering up everything from wagon rides to a corn maze. Whether it’s your first visit or your fiftieth, you’re sure to have a blast exploring this farm.
7. Peacock Road Family Farm (11854 Peacock Rd, Laingsburg)
During the month of October, venture out to this fantastic farm in Laingsburg for a day of excitement and family togetherness. For a small admission fee, kids and adults alike can enjoy wagon rides, pig races, an apple sling shot, and all sorts of other fun and unique activities. You’ll remember your time at Peacock Road Family Farm for years to come.
8. Papa’s Pumpkin Patch and Family Farm (3909 S Summerton Rd
Farm animals, sweet corn, pumpkins, and more — you’ll find it all when you venture out to Papa’s Pumpkin Patch in Mount Pleasant. Of course, nothing says fall quite like a cup of apple cider and a freshly made donut. At Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, you can even enjoy an apple cider slushie, which is just as incredible and refreshing as it sounds!
9. Long Family Orchard, Farm & Cider Mill (1540 E Commerce Rd, Commerce Charter Twp, MI)
This family farm in Michigan is unbelievable charming, no matter what brings you in for a visit. Purchase fresh produce, bread, honey, and so much more when you explore the on-site cider mill and farm. You’ll even find a corn maze, U-Pick apples, and freshly made donuts — this is truly a Michigan autumn paradise.
Have you explored any of these lovely family farms in Michigan? Did we leave any of your favorites off our list? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and happy fall!