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)

 

  • Mission Point Lighthouse is located on the 45th Parallel, which is halfway between the North Pole & the Equator. As of April 2020, admission fees (May-October, November weekends)– First floor of museum FREE, however, there is a small fee to see the 5th Order Fresnel lens, 2nd-floor museum and experience the stair climb to the tower with awesome beach views:$4 each – ages 13+, $2 each – ages 6-12, FREE for ages 5 and under  (parking is always FREE)

    HOURS: 10-5 daily, November weekends only (Fri-Sun) Noon-4. *All proceeds from admissions benefit the Mission Point Lighthouse and its preservation, restoration, and interpretation.NOTE: The lighthouse gift shop does not sell beverages or food, no dogs or strollers allowed inside the lighthouse. The lighthouse has NO indoor public toilet facilities, however, the park grounds have outdoor ​toilets.  For up-to-date information visit the park’s website: www.missionpointlighthouse.com

     

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Mission Point Lighthouse on Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan 

Visit the Mission Point Lighthouse on Old Mission Peninsula and you will be standing on the 45th Parallel, which is halfway between the North Pole & the Equator. The adorable white lighthouse is tourable, however, one doesn’t need to visit the self-guided historical museum to enjoy the park and magnificent natural views of Lake Michigan.  Visitors can walk the park trails or walk along the beach, however, as of April 2020 the high waters have taken away much of the sandy beach area (see images below for April 2020 beach pictures). When you are there, take a peek into the historic Hessler Log Cabin- see picture below. Take a picnic, bird watch, or simply relax in nature. This is also a great spot to watch the sunset! 

The scenic drive out Old Mission Peninsula gives a sense of the mix of agriculture, beauty, and homes that make up our region- On a beautiful day, jump in the car, drive past Cherry Orchards, stop by a few wineries and head out Center Road (M-37)… At the North tip of the peninsula, about 17 miles out, you will find iconic The Mission Point Lighthouse and park. The lighthouse itself has been a symbol of Old Mission and Traverse City for decades- established in 1870. 

Directions: Drive North on Center Road (M-37) up the Old Mission Peninsula about 17 miles- hit the end of the road to find a parking lot for the Mission Point Lighthouse and park. Click here for a map of the bike route up to Mission Point Lighthouse from Traverse City. See map below…