Site No.12: Orchards and Berries - A Drive-By

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In this region of Allegan County you will see apples, peaches, cherries, grapes and berries being grown. As you drive through this area in the spring the orchards are full of blossoms and there is a wonderful sweet smell in the air.

Between the 1880s and the early 1900s, this was a major peach growing area, producing nearly a quarter of all the peaches grown in Michigan. The produce was shipped by rail from Fennville, or by boat from Saugatuck to major cities like Chicago, where Michigan peaches were known as "Michigan Gold".

There are several "u-pick" orchards in this area of the county as well as some "u-pick" berry farms as you head down towards Glenn (Site No.14). The season for picking depends on the type of fruit: peaches (August), apples (late September and early October), strawberries (June), and blueberries (July).

Orchard #1 Orchard #2

Wine country…Did you know that Michigan has some outstanding wineries?  The route will take you past vineyards and a local award-winning winery.

 

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