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Cranberry U-Pick Orchards in Southwest Michigan in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for cranberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have cranberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

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Van Buren County

  • Degrandchamp Blueberries - blueberries, raspberries, cranberries
    76241 14th Avenue, South Haven, MI 49090. Phone: 616-637-3915. Email: Open: early July to mid-September, seven days a week, 8 am to 6 pm. Click here for a map and directions. . U-pick blueberries, raspberries. South Haven's largest farm market with ready to buy blueberries and blueberry products. 3 miles S of South Haven on corner of Blue Star Hwy. & 14th Avenue, From I-196, take Exit 18, turn left (W), 1 mile. You will find plenty of fresh air, free parking, picnic areas, and clean restrooms. But best of all, our fields are well groomed and trimmed for easy picking. DeGrandchamp's Farm staff moves the U-Pick location as berries ripen in order to assure that you can pick the ripest, most abundant fruit. Few Blueberry farms have the wide varieties of blueberry bushes so you are assured an abundant supply of fresh, plump berries July through August. After picking as many blueberries as you would like, stop by our Farm Market where you can get more fresh picked blueberries, preserves, spreads, dried fruit, candies, mustards, dressings, salsas, sauces, bake mixes, cook books, homemade fudge, and more! (UPDATED: September 18, 2019, JBS)


Cranberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Cranberries are grown in fields called "bogs" because one common method of harvesting them is to flood the bog, then mechanic shakers loosen the berries from the plants.  The berries naturally float since they have an air chamber inside them! Then the floating berries are corralled or raked into a net or boat.

But... if you go to pick them, it will usually be in a dry field and you pick them off the plant!  The plans are low growing, less than 12 inches tall, so this isn't something for people with back probems!

Cranberry Growing Facts

The American cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) or lowbush cranberry is a fairly small plant. It's more like a scraggly vine that can grow along the ground for up to 6 ft and less than a foot tall. In the Spring, the vines send out runners with flowers than become the cranberries. While you may think of them as growing in a  swamp or bog, they are actually grown in a normal field, which surrounded by earthen walls, is only flooded briefly during harvest time in the Fall.

Since cranberries float due to an air pocket inside them. commercial farms flood the fields (called bogs)  then use water reels called "egg-beaters" to loosen the cranberries from the vines, freeing them to float to the surface of the water. They then use floating booms to corral the berries and draw them to a corner where they can rake them in.

Choosing good cranberries

Good cranberries float!  Mushy ones usually sink!

Pour them in to a large bowl of cold water, and swirl them around, scoop them out with your fingers, feeling for any mushy berries, as you scoop.  Discard any mushy, soft berries. The picture of the 4 berries shows you unripe through ripe.  I'd throw out the one on the far left, but use the other 3.

Good cranberries are firm, not mushy and dark red.  Firm and pale red are okay and usable just not ideal.

More Tips

  • Don't wash cranberries until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • Keep cranberries cool after picking to increase shelf life.  The fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator is perfect.
  • Cranberries are ranked No. 1 in antioxidant activity and high in vitamin C compared with 40 other commercially available fruits and vegetables. That means a serving of cranberries has more of the antioxidant power you need to fight aging, cancer and heart disease.

Cranberry Recipes

Yes, you can "can" them or freeze them for later use, or use them fresh, see below!


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