In a place where it’s Christmas all year long, you might think our other seasons couldn’t possibly match up to the magic of winter. But, truth be told, harvest time is one of our favorite times here in Frankenmuth – when the temperatures are cool, the fall festivals are red hot, and the produce plucked from our lush lands gives the gift of fresh, Frankenmuth flavor over and over again. So, put on a cozy sweater and prep your palate to experience an absolute explosion of farm-to-table flavor – off the vine, out of the ground, and fresh from our farmlands to your fork – right here in Pure Michigan’s own bountiful slice of Bavaria!

Frequent Our Frankenmuth Farmers Market

Looking for the happiest place on earth during harvest time here in Frankenmuth? Look no further than our own seasonal Frankenmuth Farmers Market – full of only the finest local produce and artisan goods from May through mid-October – and its year-round, on-site Farm Store, serving up unique farming and gardening products through all seasons. Take a culinary class or attend a special event at the Gathering Barn, frequent the Farm Store for all your outdoor goodies and gear, or simply stroll through the vendor stalls during Farmers Market season to snag your own little slice of homegrown Pure Michigan goodness.

Do Fall Down On The Farm

When you take a trip to Weiss Centennial Farm, what you’ll find is nothing short of a real farm, all yours to explore amongst real friends. Schedule a Dairy Farm Tour for you and yours, where you can join in everything from harvesting crops and stocking hay to feeding baby calves. Keep in mind: trips can be fully customized based on what your family would like to experience, so don’t be shy about requesting those must-see’s and special activities when scheduling your family farm tour!

Another nearby hub for harvest fun can be found at Grandpa Tiny’s Farm, where u-pick pumpkins, an Amazing Maize corn maze, and seasonal Farm Store are just the beginning. Step onto the impressive property of this incredible heritage farm and prepare to dig deep into Frankenmuth’s agricultural roots, all while enjoying a day of lighthearted, low-key family fun.

Dig In To Our Harvest Dinners

Every year near the end of September, the not-to-be-missed Feast of the Harvest Moon returns to the Frankenmuth Farmers Market for its eighth year (and its second one on-site at the Market). Here, a celebration of only the freshest local food ensues – honoring those who skillfully grow it, artfully prepare it, and wholeheartedly enjoy it! Enjoy a sumptuous harvest-inspired meal complete with beverage pairings. Be sure to snag your tickets well in advance for this signature experience – only 70 guests will get the chance to enjoy this Frankenmuth feast!

Love the art of cooking with fresh fall favorites like squash and pumpkin? Dig into Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth’s Squashtoberfest on October 24th – a day-long, three-event cooking competition highlighting all varieties of gourds! Aspiring amateur chefs and foodies alike are welcome to enter, with1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes awarded in each category!

Redefine Fresh with Farm to Table Food

There’s almost nowhere fresh and local can be found more front-and-center than at Frankenmuth’s Michigan On Main Bar & Grill. As the sister kitchen to Bavarian Inn Restaurant, this absolute goldmine of local goodness features Michigan-made-and-grown products with a focus on seasonality and local sourcing. Picture this: potatoes from Posen, pork from Frankentrost, and 17 lip-smacking Michigan brews on tap… all yours to enjoy barside, tableside, or outside on the cozy patio (sweater weather permitting!).

Other autumn favorites that aren’t to be forgotten include our two giants of traditional German cuisine: Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth and Bavarian Inn Restaurant. After all, fall is the perfect time to start prepping for those holiday vibes, and where better than cozied up with loved ones for family-style dining (alongside a heaping platter of world-famous chicken, no less)? Dive in and delight in the signature Frankenmuth flavors found at each – where fresh, local ingredients and time-honored family recipes reign supreme.

Meet The Blogger:

Blair Cook, a Go Great Lakes Bay native, is the Founder + Creative Director at Brandscape, a boutique marketing firm that helps Pure Michigan businesses build their brands with handspun, original content. Her favorite part? Sharing stories and travel tips about the places she loves!


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