Garden and Grow Roundup

. July 16, 2019.

Farm fresh experiences for families in the Ann Arbor Area

It’s time to get back to our roots and dig in to the seasonal produce that our area offers. Whether you want to pick your tomato from your garden, or pick it from the local farmer’s market, our guide will help you and your family shop local, grow local, and eat local.

Shop Local

Here’s a list of farmer’s markets in the area, complete with dates, times and locations.

Ann Arbor
315 Detroit St.
Wednesdays: 7am-3pm
Saturdays: 7am-3pm

200 N. First St.
Saturdays: 8am-1pm

Wednesdays: Located on Main St. at the corner of Old US 12 and M-52
Saturdays: Located in Downtown Chelsea on Park St. at Palmer Commons

Cobblestone Farm Market
2781 Packard Rd.
Tuesdays: 4pm-7pm

3233 Alpine St.
Tuesdays: 2-6pm
Saturdays: 8am-1pm

Grass Lake
120 Brown St.
Wednesdays: 4pm-7pm

Main St. and Tolan St.
Fridays: 4pm-7pm

Downtown Northville at Seven Mile and Sheldon
Thursdays: 8am-3pm

Pittsfield Township
6201 E. Michigan Ave.
Thursdays: 2pm-6pm

100 N. Harris St.
Saturdays: 8am-12pm

South Lyon
110 W. Liberty St.
Saturdays: 9am-2pm

Westside Farmer’s Market at Zingerman’s Roadhouse
2501 Jackson Ave.
Thursdays: 3pm-7pm

Depot Town (open May-October): 100 Rice St.
Saturdays 9am-1pm
Downtown (open year round): 16 S. Washington St.
Tuesdays 3pm-7pm

Grow Local

Want to introduce your child to the Farm-to-Table concept? Here are some great opportunities to explore gardens and farms while learning about the growing process.

The Farm at St. Joe’s
5557 MacAuley Dr., Ypsilanti

These summer camps explore the natural world and seasonal, local food by teaching about health, agriculture and sustainability.

Farm to Table I: The Science of Food
Ages 4-7 with adult caregiver
Fee: $159
Monday-Friday 9:30am-11:30am
Session One: July 22-26
Session Two: July 29-August 2

Harvest and cook fresh produce and explore the science of growing food.

Farm to Table II: The Science of Food
Ages 5-9
Monday-Friday 1pm-3pm
Fee: $159
Session One: July 22-26
Session Two: July 29-August 2

Get your hands in the soil and learn everything about growing, harvesting and composting.

Farm, Field and Forest
Ages 8-11
Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
Fee: $279
Session One: July 15-19
Session Two: August 5-9

This outdoor camp explores the farm, native prairie, and woods along the Huron river.

First Steps Ann Arbor
734-994-2300 ext. 0

Soil Superheroes in Eberwhite Woods
Eberwhite Elementary School, 800 Joule
August 5, August 12
Ages 2-6 with an adult
Fee: $29

Explore the wriggling wonders of the underground super heroes: worms! Children will enjoy stories, crafts, and activities while digging through various types of soil. Prepare to get messy!

Growing Hope
922 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti

This Ypsilanti-based organization serves the local community and offers opportunities to grow, sell, buy, prepare and eat nourishing food. The Urban Farm offers classes and demonstrations for children, teens, and adults. Programs include garden-based nutrition classes, after-school programs, and summer camps. Learn more at the website.

Project Grow Community Gardens

Learn more about sites throughout the Ann Arbor area, with opportunities to take a class, attend and event, or volunteer. Families and organizations can apply for a plot and learn more at the website.

Matthei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Rd.
Nature Play Pop-Ups
Mondays 10am-11:30 am

Kids ages 3-7 and caregivers can pop in for hands-on nature play activities in the garden.

White Lotus Farms
7217 W. Liberty Rd.

Junior Farmer Program begins in August. Kids can learn how to take care of goats, milk goats, and make cheese. Class schedules will be posted on White Lotus Farms Facebook page.

Eat Local

Want to support our local farmers? Visit those fruits and vegetables right at the source! And if you are feeling adventurous, we’ve included a list of farms where families can pick their own produce. Harvest times may vary due to weather, so make sure to call ahead before planning your family outing.

Alber Orchard
13011 Bethel Church Rd., Manchester
Open September-November
Open Tuesday-Friday 12pm-6pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm

U-pick pumpkins and apples

Berry Hill Farm
12835 N. Territorial Rd., Dexter
Open late June
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday Noon-6pm

U-pick blackberries and raspberries

Dexter Blueberry Farm
11024 Beach Rd., Dexter
Open mid July- early September
Open Monday-Saturday 8:30am-7:30pm, Sunday Noon-6pm

U-pick blueberries

Eddie’s Blueberry Patch
3150 Judd Rd., Milan
Open July-August
U-pick blueberries

Erie Orchards
1235 E. Erie Rd., Erie
Opens July.
Open Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

U-pick blueberries, peaches, apples and pumpkins

Frosty Apple Orchard
6884 Walsh Rd., Dexter

Fresh-picked apples and baked goods available to purchase during the season. (U-pick apples not offered)

Lutz Apple Orchard
11030 Macon Rd., Saline
Open September-October

U-pick apples

Obstbaum Orchards
9252 Currie Rd., Northville
Open September-October
Open Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm

U-pick apples

Rowe’s Produce Farm
10570 Martz Rd., Ypsilanti
Open daily in June 7am-8pm,July-September Monday-Friday 11am-6pm, Sunday 9am-6pm

U-pick peas and strawberries

Sandy Acres Blueberry Farm
38093 Judd Rd., Belleville
Open early July-late August
Open Tuesdays 9am-7pm, Thursday/Saturday/Sunday 9am-5pm

U-pick blueberries

Slow Farm
4700 Whitmore Lake Rd.
Open May-November
Open daily 10am-5pm, except Thursday 12pm-7pm

U-pick strawberries, asparagus, heirloom tomatoes and peppers, peas, cucumbers, pumpkins and squash

Wasem Fruit Farm
6580 Judd Rd., Milan
Open starting July
Open daily 9am-6pm 

U-pick cherries, raspberries, black currants, gooseberries, apples, pumpkins

Wiard’s Orchard
5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti
Open Labor Day-October

U-pick apples