In commemoration of the 150th anniversary as a family farm, Bardenhagen Berries is offering guided walking tours throughout the 2022 summer. This is your opportunity to visit a real working farm and get a “behind the scenes” look at the operation of a family farm in Leelanau County! Have you ever wondered: What does a working farm look like? (Busy!) What makes Leelanau a great place to grow cherries (and other fruit)? What are some challenges affecting family farms in 2022? What are some things farms do to protect the environment?
The 1 ½ hour experience will be guided by a combination of family members and long-time farm workers. The tour will start near the farmhouse that was built in 1872 by Johann Bremer, who homesteaded the 180 acres of land that has been farmed over the last 150 years by 5 generations of his descendants.
Today the farm produces strawberries, sweet cherries, market vegetables, cut flowers, asparagus, potatoes, and more. The farm’s produce is marketed locally through their roadside farmstand, at area farmers markets, through a Community Supported Agriculture program, and through various local grocery stores, restaurants, and farm stands. The farm uses both conventional and organic practices, depending on the crop.
Participants should be able to comfortably walk 1 ½ miles over rough terrain. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear appropriate footwear (some people bring umbrellas). The tour will feature strawberry fields, cherry orchards, market gardens (including 2 hoophouses), a 42 kW solar panel system, and, if time allows, the farm’s 50-acre forest.