I-69 Thumb Region Agri-Tourism Directory makes buying local easy

GENESEE COUNTY — Labor Day weekend marked the unofficial end of summer and the start of the harvest season. As temperatures begin to cool and the air turns crisp, outdoor fun and food tends to take on a different flavor, too.

For a taste of all fall has to offer check out the online I-69 Thumb Region’s Agri-Tourism Directory at i-69thumbregion.org/wp-content/ uploads/shortlist/region6.html

Use it to help plan a day trip or weekend excursion. That includes shopping for locally grown produce at one of the region’s many farmers’ markets. Or, plan a day of berry picking at one of the orchards or farms. Tour the region’s wineries and breweries, and find your favorite local craft beverage right around the corner.

The agri-tourism directory contains a smorgasbord of venues, including breweries and wineries, farms, farmers’ markets, meat processors and packing houses, orchards and specialty shops.

The directory lists about 150 businesses spanning seven counties in eastern Michigan (Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Sanilac, Huron and Tuscola). In addition, the guide features seven categories of businesses, which allows users to navigate easily through the site to discover new products and businesses. Users may sort businesses by type and highlight locations by county. There are nearly 50 sites in Flint & Genesee alone.

The directory is also a resource for agri-businesses in the region to market themselves, as part of the “farm-to-table” movement, which promotes organic food, craft drinks and locally sourced products.

“This directory is for residents and agri-businesses,” said Janice Karcher, Vice President of Economic Development at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. “Residents can use the directory to locate local resources and plan trips. Businesses can use it as an opportunity to explain what they do and what visitors can expect at their businesses.”

Businesses in interested in joining the agri-tourism directory should contact the I-69 Thumb Region at 810.766.6540or dcompton@ co.genesee.mi.us.

The I-69 Thumb Region is a partnership of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership, Lapeer Development Corporation, Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, Sanilac & Huron County Economic Development Corporation and Tuscola County Economic Development Corporation.

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