A blueberry tour in Michigan Wine Country and Northwest Indiana

2013-08-01T10:00:00Z 2014-06-30T21:26:14Z A blueberry tour in Michigan Wine Country and Northwest Indiana
August 01, 2013 10:00 am  • 

My assignment for the weekend is to figure out a blueberry tour for Teddy, now in a countdown to his second birthday on September 1. Saturday is the best day for going up to southwestern Michigan from Chicago or Northwest Indiana because Lehman's Orchard at 2280 Portage Road in Niles is open from 8 am to 4 pm (CT) and doesn't open until 11 am on Sunday.

Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, a great place to stop if you are out picking blueberries opens at 9 am (and closes at 4 pm) on Saturday and on Sunday opens at 11 am and closes at 4 pm. This is all an hour later if you are in Michigan. The cafe at Fernwood run by Executive Chef Tim Carrigan is outstanding, but consult the web site because the food service closes a bit earlier than the garden.

Specifically to stay out of the way of Interstate I-94 headed west on Sunday evening, my proposed itinerary for that day would be a Northwest Indiana fruit-garden tour starting at Taltree Arboretum & Garden in Valparaiso. The grounds and railway garden are open daily from 8 am until 7 pm. Then onto Stateline Blueberries at 9957 N. Frontage Road in Michigan City  open 8 am until 8 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Stateline is bound to be filled with people in high season but it's a lot of fun and don't forget to bring your own containers. (You have your containers weighed when they are empty and they bring them back when they're full so you don't get charged for the weight of the bucket.) You may want to visit Stateline's web site before you go just to get psyched about the nutritional and health benefits of blueberries.

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