September in northern Michigan will always hold a special place in my heart for the magical combination of summer and fall it brings to those beautiful days. Early in the month, the water is sun-kissed and warm, the days are generally sunny, and the tourists have packed up leaving the beaches calm and peaceful. As the month slowly progresses, the evenings grow chilly and the trees start to offer new vibrant hues. The final harvests of summer produce ripen - tomatoes, raspberries, and more - while fall's bounty begins to arrive. This is the moment I love most in my sweet mitten state. 

I was lucky enough to spend the entire month of September in northern Michigan this year, marrying my lovely new husband and spending a few weeks photographing the farms and food businesses of the area for Taste the Local Difference. After editing hundreds of images, I couldn't help but share some of my favorite farm moments with you. 

Needless to say, it was a gorgeous month :  )

Bear Creek Organic Farm - Petoskey


Boss Mouse Cheese 

While most of my farm visits last no more than an hour, more than three hours seemingly disappeared while I spent a morning with Sue at Boss Mouse Cheese. Keep an eye out for a post dedicated solely to this special spot in the world next month! 

Farmers Markets - Petoskey, Charlevoix, & Traverse City

Providence Organic Farm

Second Spring Farm

Shetler Family Dairy

Spirit of Walloon 

UnderToe Farm