October 3, 2023 LANSING, MI Governor Gretchen Whitmer today proclaimed October as Agritourism Month in Michigan to celebrate and honor agritourism's economic and social benefits to our state's farms and communities. Autumn trips to farms, wineries, farm markets, cider mills, and other agritourism businesses offer an excellent opportunity to enjoy all Michigan offers while supporting family farms, small businesses, and rural communities across the state. "This October, we're celebrating Agritourism Month in Michigan by acknowledging all the hardworking family farmers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers who produce safe, nutritious food for us to eat and offer us unique fall experiences," said Governor Whitmer. "I encourage every Michigander to more...
Posted on Monday, October 9, 2023 by Janice Benson
Michigan Farms are Exploding with New Agricultural Experiences as the 2023 ‘Michigan Farm Fun’ Directory is Released
Posted on Monday, June 12, 2023 by Janice Benson
The 2021 ‘Discover Michigan Farm Fun’ Directory Features Engaging Activities for all Ages on Farms across the State
Posted on Monday, June 21, 2021 by Janice Benson
Until this week, Michigan's u-pick farms and orchards were worried their pick-it-yourself operations wouldn’t be allowed to reopen to the public. But an executive order Monday from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave them the green light. Now are u-pick operations are working on ways to safely open their strawberry fields, blueberry patches and apple orchards to visitors despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full article at https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2020/05/22/michigan-u-pick-farms-and-orchards-get-ok-reopen-public/5221766002/
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 by Janice Benson
LANSING — As warmer weather approaches, so does Michigan’s u-pick season. Farm operations across the state are working so they can safely open and operate in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) outlined key protocols that u-pick operations should be implementing to protect themselves and their customers. “Michigan is home to a wide array of delicious products and these farms play a critical role in our food supply chain. As we head into the 2020 growing season and early harvest for some commodities, U-pick operators will need to follow specific guidance such as more...
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by Janice Benson
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June 21, 2018 (Lansing, Michigan) --The Michigan Agritourism Association has just released two engaging educational videos that showcase picking techniques and farm etiquette at Michigan u-pick fruit farms. The videos are part of a series of seven videos that were produced with support from a Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Specialty Crop Block Grant. These videos were filmed at Michigan farms with a goal of educating the public about u-pick fruit and to improve the u-pick experience for both visitors and farmers. To kick-off the 2018 u-pick season, How to Pick Strawberries and 10 Tips for Fun on a U-Pick Farm were released. “Michigan Agritourism is more...
Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018 by Janice Benson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 22, 2018 (Lansing, Mich)--The Michigan Agritourism Association released Discover Michigan Farm Fun, its 2018 directory featuring the farms and other agricultural destinations that welcome visitors. This is the 11th annual edition of the popular directory, which includes farm markets, u-pick farms, educational farms and more in every region of Michigan. The 2018 Directory is produced with support from Farm Bureau Insurance and the Michigan Apple Committee. The directory helps customers find the places where they can experience agriculture, firsthand.” said Janice Benson, executive director of the Association. “Many farmers open their doors to the public and invite visitors to pick more...
Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by Janice Benson
Michigan Agritourism's Janice Benson joined Dave Lorenz and Michelle Grinnell on the Oct. 1st radio show.
Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017 by Janice Benson
Spring weather resulted in below-average crop size August 25, 2017 CHICAGO – Michigan’s apple growers will harvest approximately 20.3 million bushels (852.6 million pounds) of apples this year, according to the official crop estimate announced today at the USApple Outlook meeting in Chicago. This estimate is approximately four million bushels below average. Industry members are pointing to frost damage from the spring on the reduced crop size. “Unfortunately Michigan Apple growers experienced frost after bloom in May that caused damage to many blossoms. This translates to damaged fruit,” said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. “While the crop is down, we more...
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by Janice Benson
The Michigan strawberry is the quintessential taste of summer. When paired with blue skies and a gentle breeze, nothing is more “Pure Michigan.” However, Michiganders know that Mother Nature can be fickle. This year, a late frost and cold spring damaged some of the strawberry crop. Although growers took every step possible to protect the crop, as much as half of the harvest could be affected in southwest Michigan alone. What does that mean for strawberry lovers? Smaller berries – Strawberries this year will be smaller and not as “picture perfect” as some years, but smaller berries tend to be very sweet as the more...
Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by Janice Benson
June 9, 2017 (Lansing, Michigan)--The Michigan Agritourism Association released Michigan Farm Fun, its 2017 directory featuring local agricultural products and engaging activities offered in every region of Michigan. This is the 10th annual edition of the popular directory, which includes agritourism destinations, including farm markets, u-pick farms, educational farms and more. The 2017 Directory is produced with support from the Michigan Apple Committee, Farm Bureau Insurance, and Chemical Bank. “The directory has been a beloved resource as far back as 1979, when it was first published by the Michigan Department of Agriculture,” said Janice Benson, executive director of the Michigan Agritourism Association. more...
Posted on Friday, June 9, 2017 by Janice Benson
Read MLIVE's article about The Coolest Uncommon Places to Spend the Night in Michigan here. Hillside Homestead's historic farm stay in Suttons Bay made the list!
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by Janice Benson
Wellington Farm Park makes the list as one of The 11 Very Best Day Trips You Can Possibly Take In Michigan
Wellington Farm Park made the list as one of The 11 Very Best Day Trips You Can Possibly Take In Michigan by OnlyInYourState.com. Read the article here.
Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017 by Janice Benson
Michigan Agritourism was recognized as an Industry Champion at Corp! Magazine's annual Michigan Celebrates Food and Agriculture Gala on March 2, 2017 at the Greektown Hotel in Detroit. Read full article here.
Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 by Janice Benson
Michigan Agritourism Board Member, Beth Hubbard, joins the conversation on the Pure Michigan Radio Show. Listen to the Pure Michigan Radio Program online here.
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by Janice Benson
Diana and Ed Carpenter bought 180 acres 31 years ago on a dream. They hoped the seedlings they planted would end up in thousands of homes someday as family Christmas trees. Read SecondWave's article about Michigan Christmas tree farmers.
Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 by Janice Benson
For many Michiganders, fall isn’t complete without a trip to one of the state’s apple orchards, farms or pumpkin patches. Read C&G Newspapers article on agritourism in Michigan here.
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2016 by Janice Benson
Michigan Agritourism Board Member, Susan Odom sits down with Dave Lorenz and Michelle Grinell of Pure Michigan to talk about Hillside Homestead, her historic farm stay. Listen to the Pure Michigan Radio Program online here.
Posted on Saturday, September 10, 2016 by Janice Benson
ABC-12 Flint, First at Four Focus: Michigan Agriculture Michigan Agritourism Board Member, Kevin MacRitchie visits ABC-12 in Flint to spread the word about Michigan Agritourism. Watch the First at Four Focus video here.
Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 by Janice Benson
The Michigan Agritourism Association and the Michigan Farmers Market Association announce Farm-based Educational Field Days
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact: Janice Benson616email@example.com July 20, 2016 (Lansing, Michigan)--The Michigan Agritourism Association and the Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) have teamed up to offer six farm-based field days at locations across the state in August and September. Field days are supported by a Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Specialty Crop Block Grant and are free to attend. Each field day is designed to help new, beginning and experienced specialty crop producers become more efficient and effective in their production and promotion practices. Farmer hosts will share methods they use to be successful at their own operations and offer more...
Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by Janice Benson
Pure Michigan Radio Show Features Michigan Agritourism Michigan Agritourism Executive Director, Janice Benson sits down with Dave Lorenz and Michelle Grinell of Pure Michigan to share news about the 2016 Michigan Farm Fun directory and new website. Listen to the Pure Michigan Radio Program online here.
Posted on Sunday, July 17, 2016 by Janice Benson
WTVB, Travel Michigan Update: Janice Benson, Michigan Farm Fun Janice Benson, Executive Director of the Michigan Agritourism Association, was the guest on WTVB's Travel Michigan Update with Ken Delaney. Listen to the WTVB Travel Michigan Update online here.
Posted on Friday, July 1, 2016 by Janice Benson
Michigan Farm News: Web facelift gives Michigan agritourism directory mobile edge Finding fun on a local farm is simpler than ever now that the new-and-improved Michigan Agritourism Association website is responsive and conveniently viewable on smartphones and tablets. Read the full Michigan Farm News article here.
Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Janice Benson
Find apple orchards to wines at new Michigan website Ellen Creager of the Detroit Free Press featured the new Michigan Farm Fun website in the June 20, 2016 Travel Section. Read the Detroit Free Press Travel Feature here.
Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by Janice Benson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Janice Benson, Executive Director(616) firstname.lastname@example.org 2016 Discover Michigan Farm Fun, Michigan's Agricultural Tourism Directory launches new, responsive website June 6, 2016 (Lansing, Michigan)--The Michigan Agritourism Association released its 2016 directory featuring local agricultural products and engaging activities offered in every region of Michigan. A brand new, responsive website compliments the popular printed directory, making it easy to find local food and fun experiences on Michigan farms. “It is exciting to see the number of people who are seeking these rural experience and making it a family tradition, planning a day or weekend trip annually,” said Beth Hubbard, Board President and owner of an more...
Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016 by Janice Benson