June 8, 2023 (Lansing, Michigan) - Farmers across the state are continuing to add new, interactive activities for visitors to experience the culture of farming and get a true sense of place. The state’s agritourism is better than ever offering so many different ways to see, feel and taste agriculture at its source.
Newer activities like goat yoga, wreath-making workshops, story time with the animals, traveling farm programs, overnight farm stays, date nights on the farm, wine dinners among the vines, lavender painting classes, educational day camps, 5K orchard runs and more are attracting new visitors to the farms. Longtime activities like farm tours, corn mazes, petting zoos, pick-your-own produce, hayrides, cider and donuts, and visits to farm markets and roadside stands continue to attract the crowds for that down-to-earth, traditional farm experience.
To make it super easy for visitors to plan agriculture adventures, the Michigan Agritourism Association just released its 2023 edition of Michigan’s Agritourism Directory, an incredible tool for all community members, and especially children, to discover, experience and learn.
The 130-page, full-color directory is a true Michigan product, produced and printed in Michigan featuring authentic photos from member farms. Conveniently organized by regions, the directory makes it easy-to-find, nearby agricultural destinations with brief descriptions of farms. Since every farm is unique, guests can visit farm after farm and always find something new.
“Our farmers have really raised the bar when it comes to offering interactive experiences that connect you to the source of your food,” shares Janice Benson, executive director for the Association. “When you step onto a local farm, you make a connection with the farmer and appreciate agriculture because you’re getting a closer look at how food is grown, how farm animals are raised, how apples become cider, and how flavorful produce is when it’s freshly picked."
The 2023 directory is produced with generous support from Legacy Sponsor Farm Bureau Insurance, Print Sponsor Michigan Apple Committee and Media Sponsor Michigan Radio. Without them, the directory wouldn’t exist.
“The release of the 2023 directory is a great indicator that summer in Michigan is finally here. As always, we find our sponsorship of the directory incredibly exciting,” shares Farm Bureau Insurance CEO Don Simon. “It lists hundreds of farm destinations across Michigan where visitors can enjoy our state’s bountiful harvest, including farmers’ markets, orchards, cider mills, and many more popular agritourism spots. We are proud to support Michigan farms and the agritourism industry.”
“One of the best ways to support local farmers is to visit them,” shares Benson, “and when you make a purchase at a farm, you play an integral part in directly supporting a small family business.”
Copies of the new directory are available at Farm Bureau Insurance offices across Michigan as well as Michigan Welcome Centers and Michigan Agritourism destinations. An online, searchable version of the directory is also available at www.michiganfarmfun.com.
The Michigan Agritourism Association is a non-profit association that supports the agritourism industry through promotion, education, advocacy, problem resolution and networking. Its goal is to keep family farms sustainable, support local economic growth and provide rich and unique experiences for visitors to make lasting memories.