There's so much to love about Southwest Michigan! Charming beach towns, lively cities, stunning sunsets and gorgeous agricultural areas situated along the Fruit Belt--a unique growing area created by Lake Michigan's lake effect--that boasts peaches, apples, grapes, and blueberries.
Southwest Michigan's naturally acidic soils are especially favorable to growing blueberries and have made Michigan the leading producer in the nation. In celebration of these beloved berries, South Haven hosts the National Blueberry Festival, which is one of the country's oldest continuously running fruit festivals.
Farm markets brim with produce throughout the growing season and offer many items much earlier than most of the state, including melons, cherries and sweet corn. Concord and Niagara juice grapes, and wine grapes are also grown here in Michigan's oldest wine region.