Come to South Haven slip on a lightweight sweater and enjoy the blaze of color. Halloween is creeping up and the pumpkins patches are waiting for you. Sip warm cider and chow down on donuts after you pick luscious apples. We’ll even have yummy apple pancakes on the menu. The wineries are in full swing - taste and tour. Pedal through the crunchy leaves and feel the crisp cool air in your face.
Hope to see you soon! Suzanne, David and Khaki
Beginning Sept. 3
Sept. 3 & 4
Allegan County Fair
Sept. 30 - Nov. 13
Oct. 1 & 2
Lake Michigan is a deep body of water that does not freeze over in the dead of winter. When the cold air masses drift across the lake in January and February, the open water warms the air, moderating the temperatures.
We call the weather moderating effect of a large body of water the "Lake Effect". It does cause heavy winter snowfall, which is the result of picking up moisture as the air passes over the water. But because of the Lake Effect we have milder winters along the shore.
It was always felt blueberries couldn’t be grown in Michigan because of the cold. In 1920 Stanley Johnson, head of the Agriculture Experimental Department of Michigan State University decided they would thrive due to The Lake Effect. He was right we are now the Blueberry Capital of the World.
Back in the early 70's, before any vineyards were in Michigan, Bill Welsch determined European cold tender grape varieties would grow along the shore. Now there are over 50 wineries along the coast.