From the Beach to the Fields, Grand Haven’s Local Flavor is Ready for Pickin’

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The Grand Haven Area enjoys an abundance of over 25 family-owned farms, u-picks, orchards, and farm markets, open for business now throughout the fall. These personal, tour-able, pick-able farms and markets not only provide the Grand Haven area with fresh produce, educational, family fun activities, but add to the local flavor that is Grand Haven, Michigan.

Visitors and locals can enjoy the experience of buying a bushel of freshness from the back of a farmer's truck or gather their own produce at one of the many u-pick farms or orchards the Grand Haven area has to offer.

Grand Haven has great local flavor the whole year around; but from May through October most of the local flavor is found deep in the soil of the area, from vast farmlands and fields, to rolling orchards and family run operations. In the month of July alone, almost 20 different fruits and vegetables are ripe for picking from the fields or purchasing at one of four local farmers markets. This aspect of the Grand Haven area, allows visitors to enjoy not only Grand Haven’s glorious beaches, complete with sand between their toes, but to also experience blue stained fingers from collecting blueberries right off the plant.

Blueberries are one of the more popular u-pick crops of the area, adding to Grand Haven’s local flavor and are just entering their season. Starting July 12, 2010, Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Reenders Blueberry Farms is welcoming u-pickers back to their fields located just south of Grand Haven. This is a great activity for families to work together to fill their buckets with pounds of the little blue fruit and experience a unique side of Grand Haven. Family owned since 1956, Reenders has over 800 acres of blueberry plants and 12 different varieties. Visitors come from around the Midwest each year to pick pounds of the blue fruit, bringing home whatever survives hungry mouths. The storefront contains freshly picked blueberries, cherries, peaches, raspberries, homemade pies, muffins, jams, honey, and toy replica Reenders trucks. To continue the education, and experience, children and families are invited to go on a free behind the scenes tour of the building, learning about the trip blueberries make from the plant to the store shelf. For group tours of 20 or more, Reenders asks for advance notice 616-842-5238.

The local flavor of Grand Haven may include a beautiful harboring-hugging boardwalk, charter fishing boats galore, bright red lighthouses, miles of freshwater shoreline, and historic downtown shopping, but it also includes a bountiful harvest of fresh produce. Executive Director of the Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Marci Cisneros, explains, "Visitors and locals can enjoy the experience of buying a bushel of freshness from the back of a farmer's truck or gather their own produce at one of the many u-pick farms or orchards the Grand Haven area has to offer." Many of the lodging properties offer kitchenettes for those who want to cook their fresh produce while they are on vacation. For more information on Grand Haven’s Local Flavor, from the beachtown atmosphere to the rich soil, visit http://www.visitgrandhaven.com.

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