The Mitten State has more than 47,000 farms and 300 farmers’ markets. That means you don’t have to travel far if you’re looking for the freshest fruits and vegetables.
No matter where you stand in Michigan, you will be no farther than 6 miles from a body of water and no more than 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes.
The Great Lakes contain more than 35,000 islands. The largest island is Manitoulin in Lake Huron. It is 1,068 square miles and has a population of around 12,600.
In 2011, Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore won Good Morning America’s Most Beautiful Place in America. Come experience the Native American lore, the 4-mile scenic drive, and the adventurous hiking, biking, and sand buggy trails at the dunes.
However, 99% of these farms involve multiple family members and generations. Compared to 50 years ago, there are larger family-owned farms rather than smaller family-owned farms.