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Family Farms, Markets & Tours

You can purchase fresh-picked produce - or pick your own - at many of the farms and farm markets that supply local restaurants.

At the Market

Many area farms sell their goods at city farm markets, including:

Fulton Street Farmer's Market. The area's oldest and largest traditional farm market is open from May through December. Hosts an Artisans Market June-September.

Downtown Market. Downtown Grand Rapids newest resident market is now open 7 days a week, and the Outdoor Market area is open Tuesday's, Thursday's and Saturday's.

Farmers Markets of West Michigan - Check the website to see locations and market hours.

On the Farm

A number of these farms also offer tours, hayrides and fun family activities:

Blok Orchard. Blueberries, apples, peaches, nectarines, melons, plus many vegetables.

Bob Alt Farm. U-pick and just-picked strawberries in June; just-picked raspberries in July.

Schwallier's Country Basket. U-pick apples and pumpkins plus fresh cider, fresh donuts, jams, jellies, honey and a petting zoo.

Ed Dunneback & Girl's Farm. Apples, strawberries (u-pick and just-picked), asparagus, sweet cherries, apple cider, caramel apples, donuts, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, Indian corn, recipes, play area, and more.

Fruit Ridge Farm Markets. More than 30 farms on "The Ridge" - a unique topographical feature ideal for growing premium fruits and vegetables.

Goodfellow's for tart cherries and nearby Klenk Orchards for sweet cherries, both in late June-early July.

Hungry Village Tours. Explore the lakeshore's plate with two extraordinary culinary adventures compete - one a walk, one a drive - complete with samples and sips.

Krupp Farms. Raspberries, strawberries and pre-picked produce, plus a snack and refreshment stand, picnic area and petting zoo.

Lubbers Family Farm. Seasonal farm store, hands-on workshops, and special farm-to-fork meals.

Robinette's Apple Haus. Cherries, peaches, pumpkins, apples, apple cider, bakery and lunch counter, ice cream, horse-drawn hayrides, gift barn, winery and tasting room, and more. Tours by appointment.

Sandy Bottom Berries. Blueberries, red and black currants, gooseberries, and red and black raspberries.

Sietsema Orchards & Cider Mill. Apples, apple cider, pumpkins, hayrides and tours.

Steffens Orchard Market. Apples, blueberries, cherries, pumpkins, raspberries, a gift shop and more.