Home to many agricultural farms, Fennville has many
unique offerings for those who pass through the land. Included in the Chamber of Commerce are
Crane’s U-Pick orchards, Crane’s Pie Pantries, Apple Blossom Chapel and Gardens
LLC, Baragar Pines Farm, Fenn Valley Vineyards, Earl’s Farm Market, Pleasant
Hill Farm, Golden Orchards, Ayer’s Alpaca Farm, Huntree Nursery Inc., and
Khnemu Studios on Fernwood Farm. Many of these businesses are steeped in
tradition. Take for example, Crane's U-Pick. Founded by Albert and
Letha Crane after purchasing the land from John and Bessie Whitbeck in 1936,
the Cranes began to transform their land as well as their crops. Owned
and operated today by Gary and Sandy Crane, Crane's U-pick offers pickings for
apples, blueberries, peaches and cherries. It is common on many weekends
throughout September and October to see cars lined up along M-89 for U-pick
apples. Gary and Sandy suggest calling for weather conditions, or crop
availability. For schedules, visit www.cranesupick.com.
Fennville is also home to one of the first certified
organic blueberry farms in Michigan. John Van Voorhees and Joan Donaldson
have been growing organic blueberries at Pleasant Hill Farm since 1977.
Taking pride as a third-generational farmer, John continues to care for some of
the same blueberry bushes his grandfather and uncles planted in the
1940s. Pleasant Hill offers you-pick blueberries, pickings during harvest
by appointment, and will soon offer organic you-pick strawberries, fall
raspberries, peaches and pears. You can find Pleasant Hill Farms updates,
notifications, and picking availabilities on their Facebook page. For
more information, visit www.pleasanthillblueberryfarm.com.
If you've ever wondered what happens on a farm, a trip
to the Fernwood Farm is in order. The farm specializes in free range farm
fresh eggs, grass fed beef, herbs and vegetables. Described by Dawn Soltysiak
as a small hobby farm that grows a lot of the food they consume, Fernwood
offers tours. "Over the last ten years of being in business we
realized that many of our visitors had very little knowledge of where their
food comes from, so we started touring people around the farm and teaching them
about the animals and gardens." Soltysiak stated. "Our guests
ask a lot of questions and are really interested in learning about growing
food. In many ways I consider our farm a "gateway" farm. We do not make a living off farming, we do it because we enjoy it."
Fernwood Farm is home to Khnemu Studios, specializing
in handmade pottery - which is their primary business. Khnemu Studios
will participate in the 22nd Annual Blue Coast Artists October 1-2, giving free
demonstrations in the pottery studio. Dawn will be doing some wheel
throwing, Raku firing, and will have a project for kids. This event runs from
10am-6pm both days. The studio is also participating in the Lakeshore Harvest
Country Road Rally October 8th. If you'd like to know more about how the
farm is run, would like a tour, or are interested in pottery, visit their
website at www.khnemustudio.com.
Looking for something to do on a Friday night?
Cruise on down to Earl's Farm Market in Ganges Township the second Friday of
the month for Friday Oldie Cruise-In Nights; a chance for collectors and
admirers of oldie cars to gather and enjoy great cars and great treats.
Earl's offers assorted local and seasonal vegetables and fruit, jams, syrup,
cider, ice cream and assorted baked goods in their Michigan Farm Market.
Stop by and pick your own strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and
raspberries, or see what the market has to offer! Check out www.earlsfarmmarket.com for a more detailed look at what Earl's has to offer.