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July - Tips for enjoying our sweetest/tartest season.

Related Member: DeGrandchamp Farms, Fruit Acres Farm Market & U-Pick, Jollay Orchards, Lehman's Orchard, JW Morlock & Girls LLC, The Blueberry Patch, Watervliet Fruit Exchange


July is our “eat more just-picked fruits and vegetables” month in Southwest Michigan. Our pick-your-own farms, farmers markets and stands are brimming with goodness. Cherries (sweet and tart) and blueberries are already coming in from the orchards and fields, but soon there will be the juiciest, sun-ripened peaches, too. Also, if you hurry, you may be able to grab up strawberries as well. They have so much more flavor than trucked-across-the-country berries.

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Creators and Makers Tour

This two-day trip highlights all things creative and artistic in Berrien County. Explore these stops at local art galleries, performance venues and fun museums. But creativity isn’t just about the arts. Our local makers have added their own creative twists to their wineries, breweries and distilleries, too. Grab a bite to eat, sample some beverages along the way and let your right brain play in the creative Southwest Michigan.

Make sure to bring along your Makers Trail Passport and Creative Connections brochure to collect stamps! If you don’t have one, you can ask for one as you visit these destinations.

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Blossom Tour

Southwestern Michigan is a treat for your senses in the spring. All across our countryside verdant orchards and vineyards explode in pastel blossoms and sweet scents. Our markets reopen, with trays and baskets of ready-to-plant flowers in a brilliant array of colors. You'll find jars of tantalizing jams and jellies, bunches of just-snapped asparagus, creamy chocolates and palate-pleasing wines and cheeses along the way.

Finding blossoms is as easy as going east from Lake Michigan and exploring Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties. Here's one of our favorite routes:

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Pet-friendly Fun

Whether your pet loves time in the country or enjoys being the center of attention in town, Southwest Michigan is the pawsatively perfect place to spend some time together with your best friend.

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North Berrien Historical MuseumI have a nostalgia for the past that seems to peak in the Fall and Winter, and as a result, I find myself drawn to the North Berrien Historical Museum in Coloma.

The simple and unpretentious displays of artifacts tell the story of North Berrien Country in a direct and easy to understand way.  Exhibits located in the main building cover thousands of years of history, and focus on Native Americans, rural life, schools, community business and resorts.   I delight in visual searching through display cases full of artifacts and day dreaming about the unique history that every object has, and this museum has enough artifacts on display for me to spend the whole day lost in thought. 

North Berrien Historical MuseumSeveral other buildings located on the museum's four-acre campus help to tell the story of the history of the area, including an agricultural barn, historic home, and a one-room print shop.   Artifacts on display in these buildings include: farm equipment, lumbering tools, 1934 Parrett Tractor, 1929 Ford Model A Pickup, and the original newspaper print equipment from the Watervliet Record.

North Berrien Historical MuseumChristmas programs at the North Berrien Historical Museum are a delight.  Family-friendly crafts, programs, and music taking place in December entertain and raise the level of anticipation and excitement for the coming holiday.  Over 20 unique and gorgeous Christmas trees decorated by various businesses and groups are on display for most of December, and visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite.  The trees and decorations are so charming; in fact I have used them as the subjects of my Christmas cards for the last two years, and I will certainly be there as soon as they are up this year to take more photos for this year's cards. 

No trip to Northern Berrien County would be complete without a few stops to pick up some wine, chocolate and apple cider.   There are some great places to get these including:  Contessa Wine Cellars, Karma Vista Vineyards, Grandpa's Cider Mill, Jollay Orchards, The Chocolate Garden, and Vineyards Gourmet.


Joshua Nowicki is a resident of Saint Joseph, Michigan, and is a photographer and member of the board of directors of the New Territory Arts Association in Benton Harbor, Michigan. You can see more of Joshua's photography at www.facebook.com/JoshuaNowickiPhotography.

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