Fall is a beautiful season in West Michigan as the air becomes cooler and leaves on the trees transform from green to orange, red and yellow. With West Michigan being home to the Fruit Ridge – one of the best fruit-growing regions in the world – there is an abundance of orchards and farms to explore and plenty of apples and fresh cider to enjoy during the fall season.
We talked to Fruit Ridge Markets to find out where some of the best spots are in West Michigan for fun fall activities. From hayrides to pumpkin patches to donuts and cider, the following farms have you covered.
Located just a few minutes north of downtown Grand Rapids, Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm offers a variety of fall activities for the entire family, including a corn maze and pumpkin patch. If you’re craving something sweet, stop by the bakery to pick up fresh donuts and turnovers. Don’t forget some apples when you stop by – there’s a variety to choose from including honey crisp, gala, red delicious and many more. For hours and more information, visit dunnebackfarm.com.
Take a quick road trip over to the heart of Fruit Ridge in Sparta to visit Schwallier’s Country Basket. The farm features a market, complete with giant corn maze, petting farm, pumpkin patch, cow train and wagon rides. Schwallier’s also grows over 15 varieties of apples. While U-pick season is officially over, you can still grab some apples from the market. For more information, visit schwalliers.com.
If you’re looking to stock up on apples, make sure stop by Wells Orchards, located southwest of Grand Rapids between Grandville and Standale. You can also find pumpkins and varieties of squash. Satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade apple pies and apple dumplings. You can also pick up freshly squeezed cider, jams and butter, and fresh popcorn. Visit wellsorchards.com for more details and hours.
Open all year round, Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery is a special destination for apples, donuts and activities for the entire family located just off of East Beltline. Growing over 35 varieties of apples, Robinette’s offers plenty of apples, apple cider and more than 20 wines and hard ciders. Although U-pick season is over, you can still purchase apples from Robinette’s store and find a variety of sweets including donuts, pastries and more. If your family is feeling adventurous, check out the giant jumping pillow or explore the corn maze. For more information, visit robinettes.com.
Enjoy a variety of farm activities with family and friends at Fruit Ridge Hayrides located in Kent City. Take in the fall colors on a horse-drawn wagon ride, explore the corn maze, visit the petting zoo, take a pony ride or pick out the perfect pumpkin for your jack-o-lantern. You can also purchase apples and enjoy fresh apple cider and homemade donuts. Fruit Ridge Hayrides also offers a variety of year-round activities like horse-drawn sleigh rides and cozy campfires during the winter months. Check out everything Fruit Ridge Hayrides has to offer at fruitridgehayrides.com.
It’s not too late to savor these last few weeks of fall before the snow flies. For a full list of orchards and farms, visit fruitridgemarket.com/farm-markets to find a location near you.
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