What could be more fun than buying a quart of red, sweet cherries at a roadside market? What could awaken your senses more quickly than tasting a crisp and juicy apple just off the tree? Not many things.
Most of the award-winning fruits of the Traverse City Area -- cherries, peaches, apricots, nectarines, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries -- are ripe in mid to late summer. Look for them at Traverse City's Sara Hardy Farmer's Market or at any of the farm stands around the countryside. Even better, you might try picking fruit yourself at a U-Pick orchard!