Outside Harbor Springs, just up M-119, Pond Hill Farms is tucked into a Northern Michigan hillside. If you’re looking for farm-to-table food and quality Great Lakes wine, this farm is worth a scenic road trip.
Pond Hill Farm features a livestock barn, trout pond, canned goods, wine tasting, pig races and, best of all, a giant squash rocket slingshot; you can shoot buckets of vegetables into a field of farm animals, who will happily eat your shrapnel.
Pond Hill farms is family owned and operated, and that includes their dog who has free reign over the grounds and the general store. Pond Hill sells all varieties of canned goods, including pickled asparagus, garlic, salsa, honey and jams.
Above the general store, they’ve opened a new Harbor Spring Vineyards tasting room, with furniture handmade using wood harvested and milled on the farm. The winery is still too young to grow grapes mature enough to produce wine, so they purchase the grapes for their Regatta Red, chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling, cherry wine, sumac wine and the Cherry Finale dessert wine. There’s also hard cider, cherry cider, and beers, including an eggplant brew.
Everything at Pond Hill Farms seems to move a little slower, which is precisely the pace you’re likely to keep after if you’ve committed to a day of cruising through the Tunnel of Trees on your way to Legs Inn or Wilderness State Park. You may as well stop off at the farm and have a nip of wine before you venture down the road. Pond Hill Farm is open from 8am to 6pm daily.
~Tim Chilcote, Contributing Writer