Northern Michigan is teeming with fruit. Orchards and berry patches line the rolling stretch of lakeshore between Charlevoix and Traverse City, and each orchard boasts its own little roadside stand filled with the abundance of summer.
For a brief week or two, almost everything is in season at once: raspberries and blackberries, cherries and blueberries, peaches and apricots and plums, all grown right here in the Northern Fruitlands.
I’ve been recommending this drive to customers in our Charlevoix store for almost a week now. Each fruit stand has its own personality and unique offerings — golden raspberries at one, Balaton cherries at another, or the season’s first tree-ripened peaches, fresh from the field.
If you’re in Northern Michigan this summer, add a stop at one of our roadside fruit stands to your must-do list. And bring a big basket.