By Samantha Baker – The Collegiate Staff
Kent Harvest Trails lists many locations to visit during the fall for those who like to enjoy outdoor fun and activities. Read on for a list of activities perfect for enjoying the crisp air and changing colors.
At Blok Orchard 6365 4 Mile Road Northeast, Ada, MI until January 31, 2018, offers your pick of homegrown cherries, peaches, melons, cauliflower, tomatoes, broccoli, nectarines. These fruits and vegetables are only offered when they are in season.
At Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm 3025 6 Mile Road NW in Grand Rapids, visitors can check out the historic barn that holds a bakery and farm market, where they can enjoy Ice cream and frozen foods, fall plants, fresh vegetables, baked goods, and a seasonal lunch menu. They have a corn maze, playground, and children’s activities. These activities are available until Oct. 29.
At Fruit Ridge Hayrides 11966 Fruit Ridge Ave. NW, in Kent City, until Oct. 29 there will be a pig train, corn stalks, and visitors can pick squash. A mobile game called “Maze Tracker for ‘West Michigan’s most challenging corn maze” is also available. There are also straw bale art competitions where people can view and judge for free There are also horse-drawn hayrides with wheelchair accessible on wagons.
At H & W Farms 13375 Belding Rd NE, Belding, MI until Dec. 31, people can buy cherry juice concentrated, pure raw honey, salsas and BBQ, kiln dried lumber, and handcrafted gifts and decorations.
Heidi’s Farmstand 11999 Cascade Road Southeast, Lowell until Dec. 24, enjoy themed corn mazes, this year is Jack and the Beanstalk, a 10-acre junior maze, tomatoes, peppers, squash, and more, straw bales, gourds, and corn stalks.
Klackle Orchard The Family Fun Farm 11466 West Carson City Road, Greenville, has a BMX and Bike tracks, inflatables, pedal trackers, pumpkin coach, ponies, fire engines, and a petting zoo.The farm is open until Nov. 23.
Koetsier’s Greenhouse 1601 Spaulding Ave SE, Grand Rapids until Oct. 31, features inflatables and an outdoor play area for children. The greenhouse also has mum plants available for purchase.
At Olin Farm 10991 Vergennes Street Southeast, Lowell until Oct. 31, there is the famous Budweiser Clydesdales at the farm with free admission into the farm. The horse activities end at sunset, and there are also tractor-pulled hayrides.
At the Orchard Hill Farm 2934 68th Street Southeast, Caledonia open until Dec. 24 , features a 100-year-old barn, farm animals to pet, free hayrides on the weekends, scarecrow making and a children’s spook house. Also, walk along a five-acre nature trail, visit the farm-themed mini-golf course. There are also children’s parties and school tours by appointment. Also be sure to check out the beehives in a glass case, goat walks, picnic areas, a cider press, and a maple syrup display.
Post Family Farm 5081 Bauer Rd, Hudsonville until Nov. 4, enjoy homemade pumpkin donuts, a lunch menu on Saturdays, and the three-story barn from 1915. There is an admission fee, the farm is open to school and church tours, parties, weddings, and other special events.
Open all year-round, the Red Barn Market which is located at 3550 Alden Nash Avenue NE, Lowell offers free coffee, seasonal produce, a spooky barn maze in October, a petting farm, playground, a cafe, and Michigan raw honey and syrup.
Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery located at 3142 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, open year-round, has a bakery, gift shop, wine tasting, homemade fudge and a cider mill.
Schwallier’s Country Basket located at 1185 9 Mile Road Northwest, Sparta, is open until Nov.1. They offer duck races, hay bale hills for kids to play in. There is also a Farmer’s Market which sells caramel apples, honey, soups, jams, pies, salsas, popcorn. People can also pick pumpkins and apples.
Steffens Orchards and Market open until Oct. 29, located at 4344 13 Mile Road Northwest, Sparta, produces jams, pies, cider, and offers orchard tours, and groups and school tours by reservation. Fresh donuts are sold in October on the weekends as well as free moonwalk and playgrounds on the weekends.
For more information on all of the locations above please visit the Kent Harvest Trails website.