The Michigan Agritourism Association has released its 2023 Michigan Farm Fun Directory, available in both print and online editions. The directory offers an updated catalog of agritourism opportunities throughout the state, from traditional hayrides and corn mazes to the more recent innovations in agritourism, like goat yoga, lavender painting classes, and more.
What it is:
The hardcopy edition of the 2023 Michigan Farm Fun Directory
is a 130-page, full-color magazine – produced and printed in-state – available at Farm Bureau Insurance offices
throughout the state, Michigan Welcome Centers
, and various agritourism destinations. The directory is organized by regions and offers farm descriptions, photos, and more. The online directory is available at michiganfarmfun.com
, allowing users to search the state by place, product, or activity.
Why it’s important:
“One of the best ways to support local farmers is to visit them,” says Janice Benson, executive director for the Association. “And when you make a purchase at a farm, you play an integral part in directly supporting a small family business.”
[Related: Read “Agritourism is flourishing in rural Michigan” on Rural Innovation Exchange
Who’s behind it:
The Michigan Farm Fund Directory is produced by the
Michigan Agritourism Association, a statewide nonprofit that supports and advocates for Michigan’s farms and farmers, and their agritourism activities. It’s sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance
, Michigan Apple Committee
, and Michigan Radio
What they’re saying:
“Our farmers have really raised the bar when it comes to offering interactive experiences that connect you to the source of your food,” Benson says. “When you step onto a local farm, you make a connection with the farmer and appreciate agriculture because you’re getting a closer look at how food is grown, how farm animals are raised, how apples become cider, and how flavorful produce is when it’s freshly picked."
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