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Sylvan Table has lovely outside seating during the warmer months which is a no-brainer for me. Chris always rolls his eyes as I stare at him whenever we are asked by the host, "Inside or out?" WELL DUH, OUT!
Sylvan Table's open scratch kitchen boasts an eight-foot wood fired grill and a wood fired pizza oven. Our friends, Mitch and Marcy, RAVE about the fantastic food, service and atmosphere at Sylvan Table so you have to check it out!
Location: 10051 S. Lake Leelanau Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684
Located in Leelanau County, Farm Club is an incredible farm, restaurant, brewery, bakery and marketplace. They are located 7 miles from downtown Traverse City.
Farm Club's dining room is open year round and I love that you can enjoy their patio, outdoor bar and lawn while enjoying a drink and dinner. All seating is first come, first served and they don't take reservations.
WHAT'S COOL: 90% of the vegetables on Farm Club's menu is grown right there on their farm. Produce is stored so it can be served on their menu throughout the year, even in the winter!
In addition to growing vegetables for their restaurant, they also have a brewery and market. If you live locally, be sure to join their vegetable share program. Their Farm Club market is stocked with vegetables and small fruits (when available) 5 days a week! Awesome Michigan farm to table food and experiences!
Location: 115 Wellington St, Traverse City, MI 49686
The Cooks' House menu is built around the bounty of locally grown and foraged foods. “We take most of our focus from the actual ingredients themselves,” per Patterson, one of the chefs. They are inspired by the minimalism of farm-to-fork cuisine.
They have several special dinners/culinary events scheduled throughout the year so be sure to check The Cooks' House website for dates, times, info and tickets.
4. Boathouse Restaurant – Farm to Table Traverse City
Boathouse Restaurant Location: 14039 Peninsula Dr, Traverse City, MI 49686
If you are looking for a great restaurant that offers incredible waterfront views right from your table, an option for outside seating, fresh farm-to-table food, and great service, well Boathouse is for you!
Located along the shores of beautiful Bowers Harbor, the Boathouse is a great spot to relax and enjoy sunsets on the West Grand Traverse Bay. There's such a lovely view of the docks and bay from their wide-open windows or summer deck. The Boathouse Restaurant is well known for Sunday brunch, cocktails by the fireplace, and of course, dinner at sunset.
Our friends Mitch and Marcy love going to this restaurant as often as possible. They simply rave about the quality of food, views and service!
This lovely Leelanau County Italian trattoria is located in Burdickville on the east side of Big Glen Lake. My friend Marcy (above) can't stop talking about how much she loves this northern Michigan restaurant!
What's Cool: Trattoria Funistrada's building is almost 100 years old!
Their menu is quite comprehensive with Salmon Puttanesca, tasty pasta dishes like Spaghetti with Homemade Meatballs or Penne with Spicy Italian Sausage, chicken dishes like yummy Lemon Artichoke Chicken or Chicken Piccata, salads and lots more.
Oh, and the tiramisu is absolutely divine!
We recommend making reservations! Such a lovely Michigan Farm to table dining option in the Traverse City Region.
6. Lehmans Farm House - Southwest Michigan Farm to Table
Farmhouse Store/Taproom (Downtown Buchanan) Location: 204 N. Redbud, Buchanan, MI 49107
Check out for their fruit wines, ciders, red wine, white wine and more! Lehman's Orchard grows a variety of high-quality, organic sustainable U-Pick fruit.
While enjoying your wine/cider, the Farmhouse offers tasty brisket nachos, salads, pizza, farmhouse burger, brats, and lots more tasty treats!
7. The Farm Restaurant - Farm to Table in the Thumb of Michigan
Location: 699 Port Crescent Rd, Hume Township, MI.
This lovely Michigan farm to table restaurant has an ever changing menu to align with the seasons. See their Facebook page for updates on their menu and maybe they just caught fresh fish for their weekend entrees!
Chris and I just love the menu at Astor as it changes to highlight Michigan's delicious in-season produce. We had the pleasure of meeting Evan Sumrell, the owner/chef of Astor, while dining one evening. His love for developing innovative meals, using Michigan's fresh local ingredients and desire to please those dining at his tables is palpable.
The whole menu is so delicious that I want to try to everything (and I'm on a mission to do just that!) The Butternut Soup, Beet Salad and Scallops with Black Garlic Stewed Kale are simply scrumptious!
Address: 9000 E Duck Lake Rd, Suttons Bay, MI 49682
9 Bean Rows' farm provides vegetables and fruits for their year-round CSA, local school systems, local restaurants, and weekly farmers' markets throughout the region.
Be sure to visit this small farmstead and artisan bakery + cafe with a wood-fired pizza oven to make absolutely scrumptious pizzas! Chris and I love their pizza! They have salads, croissants, breads and other yummy treats.
9 Bean Rows also offers a CSA option! There are shares for spring, summer and fall. I wish we lived closer or I'd do this for sure.
9 Bean Rows recently updated their dining area so be sure to check it out!
Chris and I are HUGE fans of Maple Leaf Farm. For my birthday, we booked at time slot to pet and play with the cutest goats imaginable! We also took their cheese making classes.
Luncheons – Starting in May, every Thursday at 12:30 pm with reservations. Eat outside on the patio, enjoy the flowers and the gardens too! Price is $15.00 per person. Consists of an Appetizer, Main course and Dessert, Iced Tea, and Ice water. We make as much as we can from our products on the farm, gardens, and cheese.
Farm to Table Dinners on select nights in the summer: Come out for a 5 course dinner on the farm. Perfect Michigan farm to table date night or a night out with friends!
Coriander Kitchen & Farm is the only restaurant in Detroit that is the farm AND the table.
Coriander Farm grows herbs, vegetables, and flowers with organic methods in the heart of Detroit.
This farm creates delicious meals using their own farm-grown seasonal produce and herbs while supporting Detroit and Michigan farmers.
They love preparing and serving food to those who are enthusiastic about eating thoughtful local food. Coriander Kitchen & Farm offers lovely snacks, salads, sandwiches and more.
Farmer Gwen grows produce for Chef Alison to transform into the lovely meals at their restaurant in Southeast Michigan. The Coriander Kitchen team finds inspiration from what is fresh at the farm, just for you!
12. Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm Market - Farm to Table Restaurant Grand Rapids
Location: 3025 6 Mile Rd, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm Market offers TONS of events, festivals (asparagus festival, strawberry festival, blueberry festival, peach festival, etc), live music, U Pick and so much more!
Their Spring Farm to Table Dinner is outstanding, it's usually in May so make your plans early!
13. Choice Farm Market (East of Lansing)
Location: 4212 Holt Road Webberville, MI 48892
Choice Farm Market is a family owned store front in Webberville, MI. Their goal is to provide the community with access to high quality, locally made products. In fact, every item sold in their store is made in Michigan, most are made in Ingham County.
Stop in for a quick lunch of beef pasties, sloppy joes, subs, chicken salad sandwiches and more!
14. Slagle's Family Farm - Upper Peninsula Michigan Farm to Table
Location: N7705 Metropolitan Rd. Felch, MI (Michigan's Upper Peninsula)
Slagle's Family Farm processes their produce and meat to make homemade soups, frozen pizzas, and more! They serve meals certain days of the week and times, be sure to check their website for more details.
They are carry-out only.
15. Montrose Farms - Dinner Down on the Farm! Michigan Farm To Table Meals South of Flint
Location: 12473 Seymour Rd, Montrose, MI 48457 (south of Flint)
Check out Montrose Farm's event calendar of current dates for their popular Dinner Down on the Farm. Once you pick the date, simply call Debbies Kitchen for reservations or to ask any questions-it's super easy. Their Facebook page will list the dinner menu when it gets close to your intended date. Dinners Down on the Farm are buffet style.
This lovely working farm offers tours, events and lots of family friendly activities on the farm. Fun includes hay rides, pumpkin picking, apple cider and donuts.
16. Blue Tractor BBQ and Brewery - Farm to Table Ann Arbor
First off, try not to lick the pic above, it will muck up your screen...and won't be nearly as satisfying! This bbq place in Ann Arbor ROCKS!
We absolutely LOVED Blue Tractor's tender, sticky ribs so much. We also loved choosing from their fantastic selection of house-made sauces ranging from sweet to spicy to this wonderfully tangy mustard sauce.
Oh, and the fries were really crispy and hot and I also ordered the root vegetables. YUMMY!
My friends, let me tell you, the sauce was so plate licking worthy that we bought two bottles to bring home!! Chris just couldn't leave without the sweet bbq and I was dreaming of drizzling the mustard sauce over tender grilled chicken.
One of the best things about Blue Tractor BBQ is that they source their food locally as much as possible.
For example, they utilize Frog Holler, Sparrow Meat Market, Rosewood, Avalon Breads and The Brinery for meats, hot sauce, sauerkraut, breads and more! It's awesome to support local farmers and merchants!
17. Granor Farm – Three Oaks | Farm to Table Events/Dinners in Southwest Michigan
Granor Farm – Three Oaks Address - 3480 Warren Woods Road, Three Oaks, MI 49128
Granor Farm is a certified organic farm located in Southwest Michigan.
They grow organic vegetables, flowers, herbs, and grains. Check out their membership in a seasonal vegetable program (CSA), annual seedling sale, summer camps for kids and Farm Store.
Granor Farm has organic berries, beautiful cut flowers, pasture-raised eggs, and grains!
Their greenhouse dinners may steal the show! They offer Taste of Granor Dinners in their greenhouse for a multi course, family-style meal that showcases the best of Granor's crops and other ingredients from local producers and farms. Their goal is to increase your understanding of organic farming, growing practices, and the food we produce.
Be sure to keep checking their website throughout the season for events connected to the farm.
Another fun thing to do is take a self-guided tour of the farm, say hi to their cute chickens, and get to know the farmers who grow your food! The farm is open select days and times, see their website for details.
18. Nourish – Cheboygan - Local Farm Eatery in Northern Michigan
Nourish - Simple, Local, Fresh! 327 N Main St. Cheboygan, MI 4972
Their goal is to provide their community with whole food nutrition by using as many local sources as possible. The chefs at Nourish create their nourishing food & beverages from scratch. As such, they support Michigan made goods and products!
Everything is gluten free!
Dairy free & nut free options are offered daily
Nourish is open for breakfast and lunch! Their prices are super affordable too, so be sure to stop by!
19. Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails - Farm to Table Detroit
15 E Kirby St, Detroit, MI · In Wayne State University
You will find lots of fresh, local ingredients on their menu. Chef Doug Hewitt uses as much produce as possible coming out of local urban gardens.
The menu may offer smoked duck breast with root vegetables or Maple Creek Farms greens with honey crisp apple, kale, candied ginger, Dunbarton cheddar-blue and maple vinaigrette.
They also have a great selection of wines and cocktails for the ideal couples date night.
Parking Tip: The Park Shelton parking structure (attached to the restaurant) costs $5 for 2 hours and $2.50 for each additional hour. You can also park on the streets at Kirby Street, Woodward, or Ferry Street but will still need to pay at the pay station.
20. It's A Matter of Taste at Tapawingo-An Unparalleled Northern Michigan Farm to Table Experience
Photo: Courtesy of A Matter of Taste
9502 Lake Street, Ellsworth, MI A wonderful Michigan Farm to Table Experience!
You need to check out this Northern Michigan waterfront spot located on St. Clair Lake! It's only 45 minutes north of Traverse City, 30 minutes south of Petoskey, and 15 minutes from Charlevoix.
From June to December, A Matter of Taste at Tapawingo hosts a series of Solstice Dinners with lakeside dining and live music.
Their menu is theme based and features foods from Northern Michigan Farms. These dinners give Gregg and Ginny McCallum, owners of A Matter of Taste at Tapawingo, the opportunity to showcase their culinary creativity!
Winery, brewery, cafe, market-5699 S Lake Shore Drive Harbor Springs, MI
Pond Hill Farm is one of our favorite stops on our epic fall color tour. We love launching pumpkins with their famed squash rocket from the top of a hill. There is something so satisfying watching your squash hurtle through the air!
Once bragging rights have been established, we indulge in warm soft donuts and hot soul-satisfying cider around the fire pit. Before leaving, we always have to check out their adorable farm animals and stop in their cafe features a delectable Michigan farm to table menu.
Their family owned business strives to use their own seasonal farm grown products and canned goods whenever possible.
22. Maple Grille
13105 Gratiot Rd Hemlock, MI 48626
A reader just told us about Maple Grille so we will be there soon to check it out! I've been told that "Everything is cooked over an open flame of mostly maple hardwood." Sounds amazing!
Here's some more reasons to visit:
The menu is always changing, so you never get bored!
Your food will always be fresh as it is cooked to order
They grow their own herbs and vegetables in a garden near the restaurant!
Indoor and outdoor seating. I love any restaurant where I can sit outside!
Grab a beer at their micro-brewery
23. Grand River Brewery
117 W Louis Glick Hwy, Jackson, MI AND 101 W Michigan Ave, Marshall, MI
The cool thing is that their food is locally sourced and all made from scratch. They pride themselves on serving fresh food with local, seasonal ingredients. Known for BBQ, they smoke their meats in an 1100 lb. custom-built smoker!
Restaurant, Brewery, Distillery!
Cute Farm to Table Products on Etsy! (I just love these!)
Looking for a premier Michigan farm-to-table dining experience? Their delicious menu changes to reflect seasonal food and drink selections. Red Haven works with local farmers to create unforgettable seasonal entrees and appetizers such aschestnut bisque with cream, onion, thyme and honey.
Hearth and Vine at Black Star Farms is an outstanding winery and cafe to visit in the Leelanau Peninsula. Stop in to pet the goats (we sure did!), have a glass of wine and check out their website to reserve your spot at their special chef nights like the fish boil above!
I mean how fun is this!? You can't beat a meal prepared before your eyes!