2016 Farm Market Bus Tour Stops
Since 1916, Krupp Farms has raised strawberries, and more recently, asparagus and raspberries, on the fourth generation farm north of Grand Rapids. While not a totally organic farm, they do employ many ecologically-friendly practices such as fertilizing crops with fish, sugar, garlic and compost to create a soil system cable of raising healthy plants and produce full of flavor. The harvest season for strawberries takes place after school is out for the summer and Krupp’s employs approximately 50 youth to pick berries for their pre-pick sales to complement their U-pick aspect of the business. An ice cream parlor and petting farm serve as added activities for families to enjoy after picking their own berries.
Visit www.kruppfarms.com to learn more about what the market has to offer.
Nelson's Farm Market
A family owned farm since 1945, Nelson's Farm Market is open all year round. They are a retail market growing a variety of fruits and vegetables to meet the demands of fresh market customers.
Their mission is to be a productive and growing operation that produces safe, high quality products at a profitable and fair price.
Nelson's Farm Market orchards and gardens grow a variety of fruits and vegetables: apples, apricots, sweet and tart cherries, freestone and clingstone peaches, plums, pears and nectarines, asparagus, strawberries, raspberries, grapes, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, peppers and so much more!
They also carry a variety of Made in Michigan Foods and Products: Local Honey, Michigan Maple Syrup, Tart Cherry Juice, Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate. And new this year, locally made soy wax candles!
Visit www.nelsonsfarmmarket.com for a full list of all their market has to offer.
Grand Rapids Popcorn
Grand Rapids Popcorn Company was founded by Roy and Rose Darling on Garfield Street on the west side of Grand Rapids in 1944. A true “Mom and Pop” operation, the pair sold corn kernels and popping supplies out of their home. Today, Grand Rapids Popcorn continues to be a family owned and operated business, selling handmade popcorn, gifts and supplies all over Michigan and beyond. They continue to pop popcorn fresh daily. Drop by the shop to sample some treats for yourself and meet the Popcorn family.
Visit www.grpopcorn.com to learn more about what the market has to offer.
Church's Tree FarmFormally a cattle ranch, Church's Tree Farm was founded in 1946 by Glen and Lilian Church. The 100 acre farm has remained in the family and is currently owned and operated by their grandson, Bob VanBuskirk. Church's Tree Farm has been a Christmas time tradition in West Michigan for over 60 years. You can take a hayride through the 100 acre farm to find the perfect tree or pick one of the hundreds of pre-cut trees that are ready to go. Picking your tree is only part of the fun. Stop by the famous (and heated) Moose House to grab a hot cocoa, snacks and fresh roasted chestnuts before braving the snow and cold.
Visit www.churchstreefarm.com to learn more about what the market has to offer.
Ridge Cider Co.
A Michigan Hard Cider Company featuring custom craftsmanship of reclaimed wood from a 100+ year old barn, Ridge Cider Co. has a unique and beautiful ambiance in which will make you feel right at home. Fresh and hard ciders are made from apples picked in the Ridge. Every cider created is crafted with one goal: to pleasantly surprise you with it’s genuine but unique flavor. The Ridge also offers a farm-to-table dining experience that is locally sourced and put together by local experts. Co-founders, Bruce Rasch and Matt Delong, don’t just believe in cider at “The Ridge," they believe in the beauty of natural, the custom of craft, and inspiration to share it with the world. The tour lunch will be hosted at the Ridge Cider Co.
To learn more, visit www.ridgecider.com.
Hill Brothers Orchard and Cider Mill
Hill Brothers Orchard and Cider Mill is family owned and operated since 1843. They specialize in award winning apple cider made fresh on their farm. The cider is UV treated with no preservatives. The cider is sold at their farm, along with apples during the fall and winter months. The farm market also has their own private label of jams, jellies and farm market items.
Visit www.hillbrosorchards.com to learn more about their award winning cider.
Ed Dunneback & Girls
A third and fourth generation fruit farm located on the northwest side of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ed Dunneback & Girls pride themselves on growing great fruit and vegetables, specializing in apples, sweet cherries and strawberries. Their Farm Market provides fresh fruits and vegetables in season and a wonderful array of gift items & kitchen necessities. Stop in for your fruits and veggies and pick up everything you need for baking a pie to canning your favorite Michigan tomatoes, berries, and more!
Visit www.dunnebackfarm.com to learn more about their products.