In search of the Perfect Christmas Tree…

We are going on a tree hunt! Last weekend my family and I went in search of the best Christmas tree in Northern Michigan. Our adventure lead us to find some adorable animals (see pictures below.)  we ended up finding our dream tree at the Robinson Family Christmas Tree Farm in Traverse City. my family all agreed, we found the best family Christmas tree in all of Michigan! You can pick from pre-chopped trees or cut down your own. They will help you strap it to your car roof, and hand your kids a cookie. So, if you are looking to find a festive tree farm look no further than the Robinson Family Christmas Tree Farm: 6777 Herkner Rd, Traverse City, MI 49685

Robinson Family Christmas Tree Farm: 6777 Herkner Rd, Traverse City, MI 49685

 

 

 

Raspberries might just be one of my favorite foods (behind ice cream.) To honor my life long love for this sweet berry, earlier this summer I took a trip up to an adorable U-Pick Raspberry Farm on Old Mission Peninsula. Here is what I found…

Take a drive up Center Road on Old Mission Peninsula to visit Edmundson Orchard, a sweet u-pick raspberry farm with ripe berries ready for picking! It’s about 3/4 of the way up the peninsula, and you will see the sign on the road (see picture). Drive up the dirt road to find rows of yummy raspberries ripe for the picking! I visited the second week in July 2020 and the berries were just starting to ripen. There were more than enough to pick however it was clear that they will be in season for at least a few more weeks. The farm is open from 10 am to 4 pm- Remember to bring cash, a small bucket is $4 and a larger $7. They do not use pesticides, so if you happen to sneak a taste while picking you will be safe! I also love that this is a local farm owned and operated by local families. Supporting local is one of my top missions in this blog, so it always feels good to visit local farms and experience food straight from the earth. Freshly picked berries are DELICIOUS and even better when locally grown. Happy Picking 🙂

Rip & Delicious Berries!


 

Where to pick stunning local Flowers!

There is a gorgeous flower field found out on Old Mission Peninsula, just north of Traverse City where there are hundreds of varieties of flowers and you are allowed to cut your own bouquet. Old Mission Flowers’ self-serve cutting garden is open May through October from dawn until dusk (weather permitting). With endlessly changing options throughout the season, you will have to make more than one visit! The little shed is adorable and stocked with scissors, recycled vases for your choosing, flower cutting suggestions, and flower food to keep the buds in their best shape.
Here are some special details directly from their website www.oldmissionflowers.com How to get to the garden: The address for Old Mission Flowers is 16550 Center Rd., Traverse City, MI 49686 (14 miles north of Traverse City), however, the driveway is off Ladd Rd. If you are headed out the peninsula on Center Rd. (M-37)…after passing Chateau Chantal you will go up a big hill, pass the Ogdensburg Church and cemetery – you will be to Ladd Rd. Watch for the sign on the corner, turn right onto Ladd. The garden is on the corner, you will see the driveway on the left and the garden shed. Feel free to park on the grass. There are no foods, drinks, knick-knacks or bathrooms, just beds of flowers for cutting, a table with pre-cut flowers, and some stellar views. Bring sensible shoes and your camera. Cash, checks, and PayPal are accepted; if you are using cash bring some small bills. 

Old Mission Flowers operates on the honor system, so guests pick flowers and put money or a check in a pay pipe. Here is their most recent flower pricing as of June 2020:

Peonies: $3.00 each, 4 for $10.00, 6 for $15.00, 10 for $20.00

Other Large Flowers: $2.00 each (Lupines, Alliums, Iris, Mullein, Lilacs)

Smaller Flowers: $1.00 each (Perennial Bachelor Buttons)

Very Small Flowers (fillers): 50 cents each (hosta leaves, Lily of the Valley)