Wednesday, 26 August 2020 14:12

Apples to Apples: A Guide to Orchards

Written by  Elma Talundzic
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Crane Orchards. Crane Orchards. Courtesy Photo

Living in Michigan, we find orchards everywhere. Most every one of us has a fond memory of going to the local orchard, picking fresh fruit, petting baby animals, and stuffing your face with warm doughnuts and apple cider.

As soon as the air gets crisp and the leaves start to change, that urge comes back. It’s hard to beat picking your own fruit while supporting local farmers. Here are a few of the many orchards West Michigan has to offer. Remember to bring a mask and practice social distancing!

 

CRANE ORCHARDS
6054 124th Ave., Fennville
craneorchards.com, (269) 561-8651

Crane offers 17 varieties of apples and 10 varieties of peaches and cherries to choose from. Test your maze skills or have fun getting lost in 20 acres of corn. Crane Orchards features a new maze design each year. Hayrides are available for the whole family to enjoy a tour of the farm, orchards and woods. A big favorite among the kiddos is taking a ride on the cow train. Plus, the bakery and restaurant have a ton of great hard cider and wine you can drink outside.

Go there for: Plentiful apple picking, delicious wine and hard cider.

 

ORCHARD HILL FARM MARKET
2934 68th St. SE, Caledonia
orchardhillfarmmarket.com, (616) 698-6308

Owned by the same family for more than 100 years, Orchard Hill Farm Market offers a huge variety of fun things to do — for kids and adults. Enjoy hayrides on the weekend; feed and pet rabbits, sheep, miniature horses, ducks, peacocks, and more at the petting zoo; and take a stroll on the orchard’s Wild Bird Nature Walk. Don’t forget to stop by the bakery and shop for some sweet treats and fresh produce.

Go there for: A wide variety of experiences.

 

MOELKER ORCHARDS
9265 Kenowa Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
moelkerorchards.com, (616) 453-2585

Pick your own apples. Taste homemade fudge. Eat warm doughnuts, muffins and cherry pockets. Family-owned Moelker Orchards offers a variety of fruit and tasty baked treats — and they’re all delicious and perfect for eating out amongst the apples, with a cider in hand. Come in October for horse-drawn wagon rides and pumpkin picking.

Go there for: Delicious doughnuts and a long wagon ride.

 

ROBINETTE’S
3142 4 Mile Road NE, Grand Rapids
robinettes.com, (616) 361-5567

Open year-round, Robinette’s is a longtime favorite for fall fun. September at Robinette’s means the return of hayrides, the massive corn maze, apple picking and the petting zoo. Visit the winery for Robinette’s own wine and hard cider. And if you don’t stop and grab doughnuts and fresh apple cider from the Apple Haus, what are you even doing here? This place is a West Michigan staple for a reason.

Go there for: Acclaimed doughnuts, cider and wine.

 

WELLS ORCHARDS
9009 Kenowa Ave. SE, Grand Rapids
wellsorchards.com, (616) 453-3927

Right down the road from Moelker, stock up on your fall decorations at Wells Orchards. Choose from gourds, Indian corn, mums, corn stalk bundles, straw bales and more. Take a ride on Wells’ custom wagon through the beautiful apple orchards and don’t leave without picking your perfect gourd from the huge pumpkin patch.

Go there for: Unique apples and loads of pumpkins.

 

FRUGTHAVEN FARM
11466 W Carson City Road, Greenville
frugthavenfarm.com, (616) 754-9223

April and Mike Petersen became the new owners of what was once Klackle Orchards on an average Wednesday in spring 2019. Prior to that day, the Petersens hadn’t even discussed purchasing the 40-acre orchard, 20-acre pumpkin patch and 75 total acres of agri-tainment property. However, their goal quickly became reinventing the beloved fall tradition in the West Michigan area. Participate in the traditional you-pick apples and wagon rides, feast on doughnuts and fresh cider, and experience all the new additions and new life breathed into Frugthaven Farm.

Go there for: A huge day of family fun.

 

BLOK ORCHARD
6365 4 Mile Road NE, Ada
blokorchard.com, (616) 676-1153

Blok Orchard boasts 45 acres of apple trees, 3 acres of peach trees, and half an acre of blueberry bushes and cherry trees. Blok Orchard works hard to bring you fresh produce at a reasonable price. Pay a visit and stock up on what’s in season.

Go there for: A variety of fruit.

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