Lakeshore Harvest Country, Inc. announces the fifth
annual Family Farm Fest on Saturday, July 28, 2012. This year’s theme is “Plants and Pollen” and
offers many hands-on activities based on farm life. A day of celebrating locally grown and family
farms. Experience “Farm, Fresh, FUN!”
The farms of Lakeshore Harvest Country will introduce
fictional characters young Farmer Jane and young Farmer John during Family Farm
Fest. The young farmers will learn about
the importance of Plants & Pollen during their journey to these local family
farms. Kids will receive a FREE prize
at each of Lakeshore Harvest Country farm sites. (Thanks to the generous support of Harris
We-pick opportunities, wagon rides, games with prizes, craft projects, seasonal
fresh fruits and vegetables, homespun hospitality, wine tasting, farm animals
and farm activities for kids of all ages. Lakeshore Harvest Country farms are located along the Lake Michigan shoreline
between Saugatuck and South Haven.
Special Family Farm Fest activities are scheduled from
10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and include:
Enjoy u-pick opportunities (raspberries and blueberries),
at Riverbend Farm, Stephenson’s Farms and Dee’s Lakeshore Farm.
View and learn about farm animals at Overhiser Orchards
and Khnemu Studio on Fernwood Farm. Watch chicks hatching at Fernwood Farm.
Families should plan to spend several hours, including
lunch, in Lakeshore Harvest Country. McIntosh Apple Orchards and Winery will be cooking up deep fried hot
dogs with a South Haven twist, with hamburgers and fresh cider as additional
options. Ice cream and pies are
available from Dutch Farm Market, and kids can have fun at our playground. Wine tasting is available at McIntosh Apple
Orchards & Fenn Valley Vineyards & Winery.
“Kids love to make their free craft project each year,
this year they will create a chicken made from a gourd we grew here on Fernwood
Farm” says Dawn Soltysiak of Khnemu Studio on Fernwood Farm. “Our
u-pick flower patch will be blooming. I
love to see families enjoying our farm.”
“Rain or shine, this is a day packed with farm fun,” Kim
Overhiser of Overhiser Orchards says. “The
farmers gear up for families; we both show and tell what farm life is like and
this year our focus is on plants and pollen.
We will have educational storyboards and the Overhiser Kids Critter Barn
Theresa Wiley of Dee’s Lakeshore Farm explains the
beneficial relationship between the farm’s bees and the fruit trees on the farm. “We will have beekeeping information and equipment
Kids may pick up a game “passport” from any Lakeshore
Harvest Country member farm and get a farm relevant prize while traveling from
farm to farm. People of all ages
submitting photos taken that day will have the opportunity to win a $25 gift
certificate good at Lakeshore Harvest Country farm markets if their photograph
is selected as a winner.
Pick up a Lakeshore Harvest Country brochure and map at
any of the farms, also available at the Saugatuck or South Haven Visitors’
Bureau. More information, including
addresses of all farms and a map of farm locations, is located online at www.LakeshoreHarvestCountry.com. Or, contact Lakeshore Harvest Country event
chairperson Dawn Soltysiak (269)236-9260 or by email, info@LakeshoreHarvestCountry.com
Lakeshore Harvest Country, Inc. was launched with a grant
from the Michigan Department of Agriculture in 2006. In 2009, the agri-tourism trail was awarded
the “Community Vision” award by the Greater South Haven Area Chamber of
Commerce. In 2011 & 2012, the trail
was awarded grant funding from the Allegan County Community Foundation.
special events include a Barn Quilt Shop Hop August 22 through 25; a Bike tour on Saturday, August 18; the 6th Annual Road Rally on Saturday, October
13, and a Harvest Dinner on Sunday, Sept. 16th. These agri-tourism events were developed by
the farmers of Lakeshore Harvest Country and are designed to provide both
tourists and residents with an entertaining day in the countryside between
South Haven and Saugatuck, Michigan. Help us celebrate locally grown on Family Farms.
More information: Dawn Soltysiak, info@LakeshoreHarvestCountry.com 269-236-9260