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!


 

  • 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…