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
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
“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
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
atwww.LakeshoreHarvestCountry.com. Or, contact Dawn Soltysiak
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.