Find Michigan Ag
Check out the variety of opportunities below to learn more about Michigan’s diverse agriculture sector.
No matter where you are in the state there is always something to see!
From farm tours and corn mazes to pumpkin patches and apple orchards, you can experience all the farm fun in Michigan. If your family is up for a completely new and unique outing, you’ll have a blast on one of the many farm tours available in the Great Lakes State. Starting in mid-September, many farms open to the public with fun fall events such as corn mazes, hayrides, apple picking, and zombie-themed events!
Fairs & Festivals
Michigan’s county fairs & festivals play a vital role in the Michigan tourism industry by showcasing all aspects of Michigan agriculture and collectively boasting attendance of over 4.5 million attendees. Over 100 state, county, and local fairs and festivals take place annually. They provide social and economic benefits to their hosting communities across Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas.
No room or time for a garden of your own? You can still stock your freezer and pantry with farm fresh produce, all you have to do is find your local U-Pick or Pick-Your-Own farm. A practice picked up during the depression, farmers invite the consumer to come straight to the source, for a fun and sustainable tradition benefiting both the farmer and the consumer. Picking your own produce supports local growers.
No matter where you are in Michigan, you are never far from a table, bar, patio, or fireside that serves delicious local beers, ciders, wines, or distilled beverages. Our local makers utilize earth-to-bottle, locally grown ingredients and fresh water from the Great Lakes. If you are looking for a fun adventure regionally, by type of beverage, or maybe even both, you’ll find many craft beverage trail systems throughout Michigan. Michigan’s Craft Beverage Council has compiled a list of trails and maps inviting visitors and homegrown Michiganders alike to travel through our upper and lower peninsulas.
Within the boom of the craft beverage industry, hard cider has become an industry in and of itself, providing an attractive alternative to beer and wine. Whether you prefer beer or wine, with wide-ranging, unique flavor profiles, Michigan hard cider makers have created delicious beverages that satisfy all. Ciders can also offer a tasty option for those with celiac disease who want a “beer-like” experience with a pop or fizzy drink, as most hard ciders are gluten-free. Check out the Michigan Cider Association’s Map to find a cidery near you, or plan a weekend trip to sample the wares at a few.
The best way to sample the variety of fresh, in-season, produce in your area is to support farmers’ markets. Communities all across the state host markets throughout the year, and some places like Eastern Market and the Flint Farmers Markets are truly unique destinations and open all year. Visiting Farmers Markets support local growers and provide you fresh farm to table items. Whether you are doing your weekly shopping, looking for a fun stop to add to a day trip, or picking up fresh produce or baked goods while on vacation, the bounty of a local farmers’ market can not be beaten!
Did you know Michigan ranks 3rd in the nation for the number of Christmas trees grown each year? Michigan farms and tree lots offer a wide variety of Christmas tree choices. ranging from traditional varieties such as Fraser firs, Scots pine, Douglas fir, and Blue Spruce to more “exotic” species such as the Canaan and Turkish firs. Whether your family prefers a pre-cut tree at a local tree lot or you like to pack up the family for the choose-and-cut day out in the brisk air, you will find a wide variety of tree types for everyone.
Weddings & Events
Why choose a rustic or farm venue for your special day? Space is nearly endless! Barns can easily be transformed and molded to your own vision and personality. Today’s event barns have the charm of rural life 100 years ago, but they typically have been updated behind the scenes to accommodate modern event needs. You’ll get all the magic, while catering and bar services, entertainment and dancing, and all the necessary facilities to make your guests comfortable are available as well.
From simply curious to those that have the most discriminating palates, Michigan’s 140+ wineries and 13,000 vinyard acres offer unique opportunities to explore both the lower and upper peninsulas. Michigan is nestled between the 41st and 47th parallels, with Michigan wineries along the 45th parallel sharing the distinction with many notable winemaking regions, including parts of France’s Burgundy and Bordeaux, Italy’s Piedmont and Oregon’s Willamette Valley.