There are many great things about Traverse City. One of them is that you can be downtown, and in just ten short minutes you can be out in beautiful rural farmlands.
There are small hobby farms and micro farms that supply local foods, as well as larger production farms. The main crops grown in the area are apples, grapes and cherries (Traverse City is known as the Cherry Capital of the World).
You’ll find locally sourced foods on the menu in restaurants all around the area. This local emphasis is a contributing factor in the growing reputation of Traverse City being a Foodie Town.
I visited a farm today that offers a commodity you probably won’t want to eat. This Iris Farm is open to the public when the flowers are in bloom. They also grow Day Lilly’s.
To get there from downtown Traverse City, you head west on M-72 about ten minutes. The Iris Farm is on the right. And when it’s in bloom, you can’t miss it.