In the SPRING you'll find wildflowers in the
woods--trillium, may apples, trout lilies, marsh marigolds. Bright green,
they burst from the dark leaf cover. Our favorite past time is to lay out
on the deck and watch the birds. Since the leaves won't have filled in
yet you can see them flitting around as they build their nests. Biking
the Kal-Haven trail is especially fun when the weather is still a bit cool.
Asparagus is available at road-side stands. Most are run on the honor system
(this is the country after all) so just put your money in the bucket.
By SUMMER the berries start to come in. Strawberries
are ready in late June and Blueberries in mid-July. But that's just the
begining of the U-Pick season. Peaches, apples, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins--you
name it. By July the Lake Michigan is warm enough to swim in but don't discount
June. There are plenty of places to fish. The smaller lakes are stocked
with bluegills, bass and muskie. You can rent canoes on the rivers or
sailboats out of Saugatuck and South Haven. Both those towns are great for
poking around in antique shops and galleries.
FALL is my personal favorite. The farmstands
are bursting with sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelons. There's nothing like
farm fresh vegetables. I always find the most lopsided pumpkin to make
a goofy jack-o-lantern. We drive out to the Todd Farm to see the geese
resting up before their flight south. The neighboring town of Fennville
even has a festival to celebrate the event. A walk through the trails in
nearby Allegan State Forest will sometimes get you a glimpse of a wild swan.
WINTER is a blast in Michigan. But high propane prices have made it impossible for us to stay open in the winter.