Fall means harvest time in Michigan, with ripe juicy apples and big fat pumpkins, and Jackson is the perfect place to enjoy fall in Michigan. You now know that Jackson is a foodie destination with the Best Kept Jackson Restaurant Secrets Exposed, but Jackson is also surrounded by beautiful farm land ripe with the best produce from Jackson’s Farms, Fields and Forests. Sweet Seasons Orchard in Concord grows some tasty apples, one of the largest and most valuable fruit crops in Michigan. According to MichiganApples.com, the average apple harvest in Michigan is about 19.7 million bushels per year. Jackson also has fields full of pumpkins. Get the whole family together and go pick out your pumpkin for carving. Although if you want it to last until Halloween it’s best to wait until at least October 1st.
Jackson Farmers Markets
1. Downtown Jackson Grand River Farmers Market
117 West Louis Glick Hwy. Jackson, MI 49201 | 517-768-6410 | Facebook
The Downtown Jackson Grand River Farmers Market, organized by the Jackson Downtown Development Authority is open April-November, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Market features some of the freshest produce in the area and accepts credit cards and bridge cards.
2. Green Market at Allegiance Health
1201 East Michigan Avenue, Jackson, MI 49201 | (517) 788-7378 | Facebook
The Green Market at Allegiance Health, has earned a reputation as a Farmers Market that sells products grown in Michigan in a natural and sustainable manner. The market is outdoors from May to October, and can be found at the corner of Page Avenue and Michigan Avenue. The outdoor market features vendors offering seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs; gourmet baked goods and preserves; free-range eggs; hormone and antibiotic-free cheeses, poultry, lamb, pork and beef; honey and maple syrup; potted annuals, perennials, and cut flowers; gluten-free dog biscuits; plus arts and crafts produced by local artists and crafts people. In the winter, the market moves indoors to the lobby of the Allegiance Health Hospital. The market accepts the Michigan Bridge Card, credit and debit cards, Project Fresh coupons, Senior Project Fresh coupons, WIC and Double Up Food Bucks, as well as cash and checks. The Green Market at Allegiance Health is a not-for-profit farmers co-op organization supported in part by Allegiance Health.
Jackson U-Pick Farms
3. Indian Brook Trout Farm
5883 West Michigan Avenue Jackson, MI 49201 | (734) 368-0613 | Facebook
Kids of all ages love to visit Indian Brook Trout Farm for both fishing and pumpkin picking. As you arrive at the farm you will see a huge display of pumpkins in the fall. A wagon ride takes the whole family through 120 acres of wetlands, vegetable gardens. and one of the biggest pumpkin patches around. Kids also learn about how fish are hatched and nurtured through the stages of growth to full sized trout at the spring fed fish hatchery. Guests are also invited to visit the gift shop & snack bar featuring freshly baked donuts as well as other snacks and drinks.
4. Hearthstone Farm Market
3215 Chapel Rd. Spring Arbor, MI 49283 | (517) 750-2696 | Facebook
A working and seasonal farm market that sells what the family farm grows. Popular items include Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Pumpkins, Peaches, Blueberries, Apple Cider, Green Beans, Peppers, Squash, Cucumbers, Broccoli, Honey and more. U-pick Tomatoes, Beans, and Pumpkins are available. In late October, the Harvest Festival takes place on Saturdays with hay rides ($1 per person), pumpkin picking, apples, and cider.
5. Pregitzer Farm Market, LLC
6870 Territorial Rd. Munith, MI 49259 | (517) 240-4600 | Facebook
One of the featured farms for this year’s Jackson County Family Farmfest on Saturday, September 20th, this farm provides plenty of educational activities for kids of all ages. Favorites include bi-color sweet corn, seedless watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, peppers, combined with fun fall activities like hayrides, U-Pick pumpkin patch, corn maze, straw crawl, petting zoo, school field trips. and private parties. Don’t miss the fall festival for all to enjoy!