The Earl family has farmed in Ganges Township for four generations. Clyde and Helen Earl started farming strawberries, cherries, apples, and vegetables at their farm house on 113 Avenue just west of the Fruitland Schoolhouse.
Their son, Lyle, and his wife, Dortha, continued farming and established Earl’s Berry Farm in the 1980s. Lyle and Dortha started out with an acre of strawberries behind their house and expanded with blueberries and raspberries. They now have 30 acres of blueberries, 10 acres of strawberries, and five acres of raspberries.
"Find what you like to grow and do it well. Leave the rest to someone else."
Earl’s Farm Market offers their berries U-Pick and/or freshly picked waiting for you to pick up. In 2003, the bakery and ice cream shop were added, along with the Michigan farm market. The farm market sells locally grown michigan produce. They also added lines of ciders, salsas, butters, and frozen berries.
Dortha is in the kitchen hand rolling crusts for the freshest fruit pies and making fresh fruit jams. Jan, Dortha's youngest daughter, is making fresh Peanut Butter Cookies from her Aunt Donna's recipe.
Jan, and her husband, Woody, currently work the U-Pick farm and market. Keeping it a family enterprise, Robin Phelps, granddaughter of Clyde and Helen and daughter of Jim and Donna Earl and her girls, Katie and Kelsy, help run the U-Pick Strawberry Patch.
Robin and her husband Scott also run Gold Coast Farms and supply the market with the freshest and best peaches and apples around. They offer several varieties of peaches, including Red Haven and several varieties of apples, including Honey Crisp.
You will enjoy your visit to Earls Farm Market. Get it fresh from the family at the family farm.
Earl's Farm Market is a member of:
The Glenn Area Business Association
North American Strawberry Growers Association
Michigan Blueberry Advisory Committee
Fennville Chamber of Commerce
West Michigan Tourist Association
Michigan Farm Marketing & Agri-Tourism