Your guide to local summer farmers’ markets in Southwest Michigan
One of the best reasons to visit Southwest Michigan in the summer is what’s ripening in our countryside. This is one of the juiciest, crispest, most-delicious seasons in Southwest Michigan. Our farmers grow lots of heart-healthy, cancer-preventive fruits and vegetables, plus flowers that make your days brighter. They also entice you with homemade pies and baked goods and jars of jams, preserves, salsas, pickles, syrups and sauces. So where can you find all this summer goodness?
Visit these local community farm markets in Southwest Michigan
Besides in-season fruits, vegetables and flowers, many of these markets also feature vendors who sell locally raised meats, eggs, cheeses and honey, plus crafts by area artisans.
- Benton Harbor | Downtown, 184 E Main St. | June-September | Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Buchanan | In the Common, 122 Days Avenue | May-mid-October | Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | Weekly activities for all ages including an opportunity to see the working Pears Mill
- Dowagiac | Division and Railroad St. | June-mid-October | Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Freshly harvested produce and artisan market
- Paw Paw | Gremps St. and E. Michigan Avenue | 2nd week of July to 2nd week of October | Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- St. Joseph | Downtown, Lake Bluff Park overlooking Lake Michigan | May-October | Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Wednesday Night Market | Court Place Plaza, kitty-corner from Silver Harbor Brewing Company | May 31-Aug. 30 | 4-8 p.m. | A mix of over 25 artisans and farmers and their handcrafted goods, food & beverages.
- South Haven | 539 Huron St. | June-August, Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | May-1st week of October, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | First Thursdays in June, July & August, 4-7 p.m.
Or go directly to the markets on nearby farms
- DeGrandchamp’s Blueberry Farm
76241 14th Avenue, South Haven
Fruits, Vegetables & More
- Fruit Acres Farm Market & U-Pick
3452 Friday Road, Coloma
- Lehman’s Orchard
2280 Portage Road, Niles
- Lemon Creek Winery & Fruit Farm
533 East Lemon Creek Road, Berrien Springs
- Stover’s Farm Market & U-Pic
7837 M-139, Berrien Springs
- The Country Store at the Watervliet Fruit Exchange
7821 Red Arrow Highway, Watervliet
Here’s when your favorite fruits and vegetables are in-season in Southwest Michigan
The same Lake Michigan that lures you into its sparkling fresh waters is the reason we harvest a large variety of fruits and vegetables in Southwest Michigan. The lake tempers our climate. It delays our blossoms from budding until after the late spring frosts and keeps our autumns milder, so we have more time to harvest before it snows. For a month-by-month calendar of dozens of locally grown fruits and vegetables, download our Farms & Harvest Guide.
Here are a few favorites to lure you and your family here soon and often!
- Cucumbers (salad)
- Squash (summer)
- Cherries (sweet & tart)
- Sweet Corn
Stay over — and find more simple joys in Southwest Michigan tomorrow
While you can easily fit one or more visits to our local farmers’ markets and farms in a day trip, there are so many ways to fill two or more days in Southwest Michigan. A good way to plan your stay is to read about our Free Things to Do and upcoming events, then choose a hotel with the amenities you like most. No matter where you stay in Southwest Michigan, you are never far from delicious farm-fresh foods and making happy memories.