Meckley’s Flavor Fruit Farms in Somerset Center throw in weekend entertainment, hayrides, corn mazes and more to draw in families looking to spend a day on the farm.
Meckley's is known for being part of Michigan’s growing agriculture industry. Agriculture is the second-largest industry in the state, contributing $71 billion annually to the economy, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture.
Agritourism — any operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm for a day of fun — is part of that.
“It’s an active day out, with the kids really getting to use their hands and engage in different activities,” Bradish-Orta said. “It’s educational and just a great way to enjoy our fall weather.”
It’s also often pretty tasty, with a variety of places offering doughnuts, pies, cookies, jams and more, along with apples and cider.
While some places do charge for hayrides and corn mazes, many of the activities on the farms are free.
Pumpkins, a must-have for autumn decoration or Halloween jack-o-lanterns, also abound. Several places allow families to head out into the pumpkin patch to pick their own.
“It’s just a blast to watch young kids run around the pumpkin patch and try to pick out a pumpkin when there’s so many to pick from,” “We love to see families enjoying themselves.”