Authentic & Charming, Deep Roots Farm is the Real Deal
If you’re looking for a down-to-earth place for a fall experience near Grand Rapids, you’ll find it at Deep Roots Farm.
This gem is tucked away in the lesser-known fields of Alto, Michigan, just a stone’s throw from Grand Rapids. What started years ago as a roadside produce stand has quietly morphed into an unpretentious farm destination that delivers on the good, simple things in life.
Find friendly goats, corn hole, picnic tables, farm animals, great produce, and photo stations when you visit. Come and pick your own vegetables. Breathe in the aroma of fresh soil. Get donuts from the food truck and wander through the sunflower maze or corn maze.
What Will You Find at Deep Roots Produce?
8410 Whitneyville Ave SE, Alto, MI 49302
Deep Roots is more laid-back than some other fall destinations. They’ve skipped the carnival vibes and instead go for a down-home variety of fun.
The Sunflower Maze for 2023
The sunflower maze opens August 18, 2023.
Sunflower maze admission: $8 per person
Peak Bloom Alert: The field is looking amazing as of Sept 25, 2023. Get out there soon!
This popular Michigan sunflower field is a big draw for visitors.
And yes, you can wander the 2.5 acre sunflower maze that’s filled with 15 varieties of sunflowers of all heights and colors.
Take lots of photos along the way – there are a dozen or so props scattered throughout the maze.
U Pick Sunflowers
You can also pick your own bunch of sunshine to take home. U-Pick sunflower pricing is $2 / bloom. Purchase a water-filled mason jar – $4.
Pro tip: Fans say the sunflower fields at Deep Roots are the best in the area. Come in the evening to get those amazing golden hour pics! No special charge for 2023.
Special Events at Deep Roots Farm 2023
The farm really comes alive on weekends in September and October, culminating in lots of costumed action right before Halloween.
Sunflower maze open (weather-dependent)
Corn Maze Opens: Sept 2
Ultimate Frisbee: Sept 17 & 18
Sunset Yoga on the Farm: Sept 8
Maze Glow Night: Sept 16 & 30
Flashlight Nights in the Maze: Sept 15, 22, 23 & 29
Capture the Flag: Sept 24
Maze Glow Night: Oct 7 & 20
Flashlight Nights in the Maze: Oct 6, 21, 27 & 28
Haunted Weekend: Oct 13-14
Farm Tailgate and Flag Football Tournament: Oct 21
Costume Day: Oct 28
Dog Days at Deep Roots: Oct 29
Sunset Yoga on the Farm: Oct 6
*Don’t forget to purchase tickets in advance for special events like Sunset Yoga on the Farm.
Corn Maze for 2023: MSU vs UofM Theme
Getting lost isn’t just for the sunflowers. There’s a corn maze, too and this year it’s calling out a big rivalry!
U of M vs MSU! Who’s your team?! You’ll notice the mascots for each team etched into the design. (Sorry OSU fans…you didn’t make the cut!)
Choose Your Corn Maze Difficulty Level
Try one of the three trails in their 11-acre corn maze. Each trail of the corn maze is a different level of difficulty and distance. Do one, two, or all three trails – it’s your call.
- The Kid’s Maze is really short at 0.3 miles.
- The Intermediate Maze is 1.4 miles long,
- The Advanced Maze clocks in at 3.2 miles!
There are two platforms in the maze to help you get your bearings.
A GPS tracker, activated by scanning a QR code with your phone, will help you find your way through the maze with an interactive map.
Your maze pass also comes with a punch card that’ll help guide you through each trail. Find all 12 checkpoints to successfully complete the maze.
Plan on 60-90 minutes to complete the maze.
Note: No dogs are allowed in the maze. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Daytime admission: $10 for ages 4+
GLOW TICKETS & FLASHLIGHT TICKETS ARE SEPARATE (see next section)
Maze Glow Nights
Sept 16 & 30
Oct 7 & 20, 2023
Level up the maze experience with Glow Night maze events, where maze visitors use glow sticks to help complete the evening maze challenge.
Flashlight Nights Maze
Sept 15, 22, 23 & 29
Oct 6, 21, 27 & 28
Or go to a Flashlight Night – the maze is open til 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays starting 9/15/23.
*Tickets to special events nights in the maze are sold separately from regular maze tickets.
Pumpkin Patch & Hayrides 2023
Deep Roots knows how to do pumpkins.
U-pick opening dates will be announced on Facebook.
Hayrides run on the weekends starting September 9, 2023.
Food Trucks & Treats
Yum! Food trucks are parked at Deep Roots every weekend in September and October. In the mood for some savory BBQ? or have a hankering for something sweet like donuts from Olly’s?
The Deep Roots Farm Market
Deep Roots grows a majority of their produce on site. They also source produce from area farms so you can expect a nice variety of produce based on what’s in season.
Petting Zoo Animals
Welcome to the land of adorableness! Deep Roots’ petting zoo consists of goats, sheep and alpacas.
New additions: they recently welcomed baby goats and a mini alpaca (Lolla) to their herd.
Feed cups are available to purchase at the counter and you can choose from disposable cups or a seasonal cup, which may be filled once a day throughout the season.
2023 Halloween Events at Deep Roots
Haunted Weekend: Oct 13-14
Trunk or Treat
Friday, Oct 27, 5 PM – 7 PM
Come on out to the 4th annual Trunk or Treat! Rain or shine, it’s always a blast! The petting zoo, market barn, corn maze and pumpkin patch will all be open! They’ll have some awesome food trucks joining in, too. This is a free event; you do not need to sign up if you’re just coming to trick or treat.
It’s huge parking lot filled with decked out trunks from community members ready to make kids smile. We love it!
PS – see more local Trunk or Treat events
Costume Day: Oct 28
Planning Your Visit
Address: Deep Roots Produce, 8410 Whitneyville Ave SE, Alto, MI 49302
2023 HOURS – Open seasonally June-October, and again in late November for Christmas trees
Monday-Friday: 10 AM – 6:30 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 10 PM
Sunday: 11 AM – 5 PM
(Last sunflower field entry 8 PM)
Contact: [email protected]