Tucked away near the little town of Shelby is Michigan’s own Lavender Labyrinth. This unique destination, located at Cherry Point Farm & Market, is a fantastic experience for the entire family.
About Cherry Point Farm & Market
Cherry Point Farm & Market is one of the oldest working farms in Oceana County. The first orchards were planted on the property in 1871. In 1949, the Bull family began operating the farm. Soon after, they opened a fruit stand and market. Today, a stop at the market for fresh produce has become a tradition for visitors traveling through the beautiful Silver Lake/Shelby area.
The Lavender Labyrinth
Just a few steps away from the market, the Lavender Labyrinth creates a calming and reflective oasis that beckons visitors to wander and explore. Its ancient spiral design is thought to be a spiritual journey and when walked, is symbolic of life’s journey. The route is one path that weaves continually until reaching the center. From the center, you can walk back through the labyrinth or take a path directly back to the market.
The lavender begins blooming in spring, and by late-July, will hit its peak. Plan at least an hour to fully experience the labyrinth. Walk the paths, sit quietly on a bench, and enjoy the beauty and serenity of this unique place. There is no charge to walk the labyrinth.
Herb Gardens at Cherry Point Farm & Market. Photo courtesy of Christine Snow.
At the center of the Lavender Labyrinth is an extensive herb garden. According to information provided by the market, this garden is designed in accordance with the principles of sacred geometry. The 12-point vesica pattern defines 36 beautiful herbal beds. The garden is in bloom during the spring, summer, and fall. Therefore, there is always something fresh and fragrant to stimulate the senses.
Rock Garden at Cherry Point Farm & Market. Photo courtesy of Christine Snow.
More Around the Market
When visiting, be sure to stop by the ‘rock’ garden, an area filled with word stones. This area is a big hit with visitors of all ages.
Fresh, seasonal produce is available at the large market stand. Grab fresh veggies for dinner or delicious cherries to munch on the road. A small store inside the main market offers unique Michigan-inspired and lavender gifts. Bulk lavender is also available for purchase.
There’s no shortage of special events to enjoy at Cherry Point Farm & Market. Stop by and enjoy a Great Lakes-inspired Fish Boil. Watch the boil master fill a cauldron with potatoes, onions, and fresh whitefish. When it ‘boils’ over, dinner is ready! This is more than a meal. It’s an experience the entire family will enjoy.
Other events include Tuesday Tea, a culinary event that includes Lavender Mint Tea and homemade delights. Or swing over on a Sunday morning to experience Flapjacks & Fruit, a two-century Oceana County tradition. This event features a hearty lumberjack-style breakfast of pancakes, fruit, bacon, sausage, and other lumber-camp inspired dishes. While feasting, enjoy a bit of local history and great conversation.
These events can also be booked as private gatherings. Contact Cherry Point Farm & Market at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
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