The Beauty and Bounty of West Michigan:
Farm to Fork Tour
Join us for a day of delicious discovery in your own backyard! Learn about sustainable farming as you visit local farms, try their products, and hear their philosophies first-hand. Taste succulent micro greens, hydroponic macadamia nuts and kiwi, artisanal goat cheese, freshly baked breads, and unique hard cider or non-alcoholic cordials. Start your morning with a talk from Jaye Beeler and Dianne Carroll Burdick, author and photographer of Tasting & Touring Michigan’s Homegrown Food: A Culinary Roadtrip. Jaye and Dianne will inspire you with stories and images from some of West Michigan’s most beautiful farms. Then you’ll visit five unique farms. The morning stops feature community-sourced agriculture and a heritage animal farm. Learn why these farmers choose methods that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare.
Enjoy a light lunch at American Char, an open-flame grill restaurant using ethically sourced meats and local produce. Then you’ll head to two more farms, where you’ll see a biomass-heated hydroponic greenhouse, a creamery and bakery, and a fourth-generation orchard. Along the journey, Dianne Carroll Burdick will be on hand to discuss tips to capture the perfect image, so bring your camera. End your summer evening dining among 175 varieties of apples at Sietsema Orchards. The meal uses products from the farms we visit. Coolers will be provided so you may purchase products from the farms. Guests must navigate uneven and potentially soft ground, so dress appropriately to visit farm fields.
The fee includes the morning talk, a snack, admission and tastings at the farms, lunch, three-course dinner, and all gratuities. For more information, call 616-975-3184 or 616-975-3147.
Member Cost: $135
Non-Member Cost: $155