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Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

West Michigan growers are seeing high demand for berries this summer.

Many farmers have closed their fields for a couple days after visitors picked their plants clean.  The increasing demand also led to a shorter cherry season for some growers.  

Here's a list of some of the U-pick locations open in West Michigan this summer. Prices, fruit availability and hours vary daily, so it's best to call ahead before visiting any farm.

 

Ionia County

 

Bird Berry Farm

5256 Belding Rd. Belding, MI

(616) 794-5041

Blueberries $1.75 per pound

Patch picked out early Friday morning call back for update Wednesday, July 17

 

 

Kent County

 

North Ridge Berries

3555 20 Mile Rd. NW Kent City, MI

(616) 675-5919

Raspberries $3 per pound

Cherry season arrives at Fruit Ridge Farm Market

Cherry season arrives at Fruit Ridge Farm Market
 SPARTA, Mich.-- The cherry season is officially here.Fruit Ridge Farm Market, located at 9000 Fruit Ridge Avenue, opened its u-pick season for tart and sweet cherries Thursday, July 11.   Visitors can pick a pound of tart cherries for $1.25 per pound or pick up a pre-picked pound for $1.65.  Sweet cherries are $1.75 per pound for u-pick and $3 per pound for pre-picked.

Red raspberries are also available for $4 per picked pint or $3 per a pound if you pick it.

Fruit Ridge Farm Market is now also showcasing its produce in the new Downtown Market in Grand Rapids. 

Fruit Ridge Farm Market kicks off U-pick strawberry season

Fruit Ridge Farm Market kicks off U-pick strawberry season
SPARTA, Mich.—Fruit Ridge Farm Market’s U-pick is officially open for the season. Visitors can pick their own strawberries Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until the crop lasts.  Fruit Ridge Farm Market offers containers to use for picking, but customers are asked to bring their own containers to take home the produce.  U-pick strawberries are $1.25 per pound; picked strawberries are also available, at $3.50 per quart or $24 per flat (eight quarts.) Fruit Ridge Farm Market expects to begin U-pick raspberry season in a few weeks.  Cherries will be available around the 4th of July.  For more information, call (616) 887-7013.

Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit

The strawberries are ready! Fruit Ridge Farm Market opens June 14

The strawberries are ready!  Fruit Ridge Farm Market opens June 14

SPARTA, Mich.—The Fruit Ridge Farm Market opens for the season on Friday, June 14.

The owners say the strawberries are ready for the picking.  Pre-picked quarts will be $3.50 and flats (eight quarts) will be $24, while supplies last.

Fruit Ridge Farm Market will host its first “u-pick” day on Wednesday, June 19.   “U-pick” strawberries will be $1.25 per pound.  Customers who plan to pick their own strawberries are asked to bring their own containers from home.

Fruit Ridge Farm Market is located at 9000 Fruit Ridge Ave. in Sparta.  For more information about strawberry picking, visit the Fruit Ridge Farm Market’s website here.

Howard Christensen Nature Center hosts morel mushroom hunt May 19

Howard Christensen Nature Center hosts morel mushroom hunt May 19

Howard Christensen Nature Center in Kent City is inviting mushroom lovers of all ages on a hunt for morels on Sunday, May 19.

The mushroom hunt will run  2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Participants are asked to dress for venturing off the trails and bring a bag to house your delightful morsels. No dogs are allowed. A donation of $3 per person is appreciated.

Howard Christensen Nature Center is located at 16190 Red Pine Drive NW. For more event information, call (616) 657-3158 or visit http://www.lilysfrogpad.com/.  For morel mushroom information, visit www.michiganmorels.com.

Help needed to clean up Nash Creek May 20

SPARTA, Mich.—The Sparta Rotary Club is looking for volunteers to join their annual Nash Creek Clean Up Monday, May 20.

The club says recent floods pushed lots of garbage and debris into the Nash Creek area, making this year’s clean up even more important.

The Nash Creek clean up will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Volunteers are asked to meet at the gazebo behind Rogers Hardware in downtown Sparta.  Participants should wear pants and shoes suitable for walking in the woods and along steep embankments.  Trash bags and tools will be provided.

For further information, contact the Sparta Chamber office at (616) 887-2454.