U-Pick in the Grand Haven Area
There’s nothing better than a freshly baked pie filled with local hand-picked fruits. Or being able to snack on a sweet treat you just pulled from a plant and popped into your mouth. U-Pick farms and orchards are not only a great summer activity, but they also support local businesses and provide natural produce for a healthy household.
The Grand Haven area has several U-Pick places that cover the most popular fruits to hand-pick. Which fruit depends on the time of the year and cooperative weather, so it’s good to keep informed if U-Picking is on the summer activity list. Remember to always check ahead of time with the specific farm or orchard you’re planning on visiting.
Fruit that’s in season: Blueberries!
– Strawberries are available throughout the month of June.
– Cherries are available starting in mid-June and throughout July.
– Blueberries are available starting in mid-July and until the end of August.
– Apples are available from August to October, but the type of apple changes as the months change.
– Raspberries are available primarily in September, but may be available as early as mid-August, or as late as October.
– Chestnuts are available in mid-September and until the end of October.
– Pumpkins are available in September and October.
U-Pick Locations – Grand Haven Area
– Gavin Orchards is located in Coopersville, MI and offers cherries for U-Pick. At their farm market they offer pre-picked cherries, peaches, and apples, as well as apple cider in the fall.
– Lindberg Blueberries is located in Coopersville, MI and offers blueberries for U-Pick. They also offer pre-picked blueberries at their farm.
– VenRoy Blueberries is located in Coopersville, MI and offers blueberries for U-Pick.
– Reenders Blueberry Farm has two locations. One is in West Olive, MI, and the other (Blueberry Hill) is located in Nunica, MI. They offer blueberries for U-Pick, and their store offers pre-picked blueberries, blueberry products (like muffins or coffee), raspberries, cherries, peaches, various jams, and canned fruits & veggies.
– Crossroads Blueberry Market is located in West Olive, MI, and offers blueberries for U-Pick. At their farm market you can get pre-picked blueberries, blueberry products (like muffins and donuts), and icecream.
– Bisacky Blueberry Farm is located in Spring Lake, MI, and offers blueberries for U-Pick.
– Winkel Chestnut Farm is located in Coopersville, MI, and offers chestnuts for U-Pick. At their farm they also sell pre-picked chestnuts, honey, and potted trees.
U-Pick Locations – A Little Further Out
– Rasch Cherries is located in Conklin, MI, and offers cherries and apples for U-Pick. In the fall their farm offers pre-picked apples, pumpkins, sunflowers, pears, corn, fresh-baked goods, and more.
– DK Orchards is located in Conklin, MI, and offers blueberries for U-Pick. At their farm market they offer apples, pumpkins, and peaches.
– De Lange’s Redberry Farm is located in Hudsonville, MI, and offers strawberries, raspberries, and pumpkins for U-Pick. At their farm market you can find farm fresh eggs, rhubarb, pre-picked strawberries & raspberries, honey, apples, and pumpkins.
– DeKleine Orchards is located in Hudsonville, MI, and offers cherries and chestnuts for U-Pick.
– Moelker Orchards is located in Grand Rapids, MI, and offers cherries, apples, and pumpkins for U-Pick. At their farm market you can find apples, cherries, plums, pears, and peaches.
– Wells Orchards is located in Grand Rapids, MI, and offers cherries and pumpkins for U-Pick. At their farm market they offer pre-picked cherries, peaches, apples, plums, apricots, corn, tomatoes, blueberries, and pears, as well as lots of vegetables and baked goodies in the fall.
– Visser Farms Strawberry Patch is located in Holland, MI and offers strawberries for U-Pick. At local farmers markets they sell pre-picked strawberries, honey, eggs, and a large variety of vegetables such as squash, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, cucumbers, peas, and more!
Tips & Tricks
– Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. You’ll be walking through dirt or grass and on your feet the entire time.
– Use sunscreen, even on a cloudy day! Any exposure to the sun that’s more than fifteen minutes should involve sunscreen.
– Check to be sure the farm/orchard has bathrooms otherwise make sure everyone goes ahead of time.
– A lot of places provide “picking pails”, but you might need to bring your own container to bring the fruit home.
– Call the day before or morning of so you can be sure that your U-Pick location will be open when you’re planning to arrive.
Here’s a visual timeline of when U-Pick produce is in season: