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6th Annual Family Farm Fest Scheduled for Saturday July 27th
Posted: Jul 2, 2013

Lakeshore Harvest Country, Inc. announces the 6th annual Family Farm Fest on Saturday, July 27, 2013. This year’s theme is “Farm, Fresh, FUN” and offers many hands-on activities based on farm life. Experience a day of celebrating locally grown and family farms, and enjoy hands on fun for grandparents and kids alike.  Free admission, some activities may have a small charge.

U-pick & We-pick opportunities, wagon rides, games with prizes, craft projects, seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, homespun hospitality, wine & hard cider 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.  Cherries at Dutch Farm Market.

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. 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.  Newly opened Virtue Cider will offer free tasting of their English and French style hard cider.


McIntosh will hold a Treasure Hunt in the Orchard, fun for the whole family.  We have sweet cider by the cup or gallon, our homemade cider donuts and fudge for purchase, along with a snack menu that features our deep fried hotdogs, South Haven style!

 “Kids love to make their free craft project each year at 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 we will have cherry pit spitting competition.  And visitors can make a tie dyed t-shirt using natural farm dyes.  We will have educational storyboards and the Overhiser Kids Critter Barn open”

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 on site.” 

Kids may pick up a game “passport” from any Lakeshore Harvest Country member farm and enter to win a gift basket of farm goods for the entire family.   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 Or, contact  Dawn Soltysiak (269)236-9260

Other upcoming special events include a Bike tour on Saturday, August 17; the 7th Annual Road Rally on Saturday, October 12, and a Locally Grown Harvest Dinner this fall . 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.


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