October, 2014: Agritourism Month

WHEREAS, each fall, consumers throughout Michigan and beyond look forward to visiting our agritourism destinations to enjoy locally grown products from the current year’s bountiful harvest and experience fun on the farm; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s fresh water supply, unique geographic location, rich and varied soil types, and dedicated producers make our state a leader in both the production of an abundant array of crops, and agricultural tourism opportunities; and,

WHEREAS, our agritourism destinations provide a vital link between our state’s farmers and the consumers who benefit from a strong, viable agricultural industry; and who want to connect and experience local agriculture; and,

WHEREAS, autumn is an ideal time to visit agritourism destinations for a variety of delicious Michigan products, including apples and apple cider, peaches, pears, plums, pumpkins and squash, jams and jellies, fruit pies and baked goods; and an abundance of fun and educational activities, including corn mazes, cider mills, u-picks, farm tours, petting zoos, hay rides, and farm-to-table dinners; and,

WHEREAS, it is important to recognize the food and agriculture industry as a vital economic driver contributing over $96 billion to our state’s economy each year, with each local food purchase strengthening our communities and family farmers because dollars go directly to local growers and the area’s economy, and in turn helps preserve our state’s rich farmland; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan Agritourism Month is a special time to acknowledge and recognize the vast, integrated network of family farmers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers who work to ensure a safe and nutritious food supply along with rich farm experiences that are enjoyed by many throughout our state and nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2014 as Agritourism Month in Michigan.