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It is harvest time in Michigan! September brings a wide array of ripened, delicious, local vegetables and fruits. Farmers market booths, farm stands, and local sections in grocery stores are overflowing with Michigan’s most abundant produce harvest of the year. There are plenty of options to purchase local food throughout the entire calendar year, but as you can see from this Michigan produce availability chart, August and September truly offer the highlights for fresh produce.


Lapeer and northern Macomb County are shining examples to experience the fall harvest of produce and many other agricultural products. An increasing number of people are interested in learning about where their food comes from and building a connection with it. Fortunately, there is a unique event in the northern Metro-Detroit area that allows participants this opportunity, with a fun and active spin.


An annual fundraiser, aptly called Tour de Food, is hosted by Camp Skyline and Retreat Center in Almont, MI. This event, held on September 25th in 2016, is a biking or driving tour of a number of farms and producers in northern Macomb and southern Lapeer counties. Participants choose their route and ride or drive to the various participating locations, with the opportunity to experience the farm or site, and purchase any goods for sale. The event is followed by a delicious farm to table dinner, prepared by Camp Skyline’s food service staff, created using local produce from the participating producers.


This event is family friendly and is sure to engage participants from urban, suburban or rural areas with the wide variety of participating vendors and community members.  

by Kaitlin Koch Wojciak,

Community Food Systems Educator,

Michigan State University Extension