So, This is Where Heaven Keeps Its Donuts
Alright, West Michigan, listen up! If you’re looking for your next weekend getaway or even just a killer Saturday outing, do we have a place for you.
Enter Red Barn Market in Lowell—a slice of rustic heaven that’s so full of goodness, we’re thinking of forwarding our mail here. (Seriously, someone help us move our couch.)
Red Barn Market Checklist
This Year, They Went “Beyond the Barn”
We thought the fall apple picking was cool and then Red Barn Market went and added this whole new thing called “Beyond the Barn.”
Kids will tell you that this is where the real magic happens.
There’s a corn maze that opens on weekends, but that’s just the appetizer. The main course is Tractor Tire Mountain. Yes, it’s a mountain made of huge tractor tires that you can actually climb.
Beyond the Barn also has a sunflower trail, yard games, and a petting farm that’s a big hit.
Enjoy goats, cows, donkeys, chickens, ducks, horses, and Harley the Corgi.
How Tickets Work
Beyond the Barn opens September 1, 2023, and gives visitors access to several iconic fall fun activities.
Red Barn Market offers two ticket options: day passes or season passes.
- Daily passes run $3 per person Monday to Thursday, and $8 on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
- Weekend tickets include the corn maze.
- Or, you can opt for the seasonal pass at $18 per person. ($10/person gets you unlimited visits Mon – Thurs only.)
Kids 2 and under are free.
Additional costs apply for U-Pick Apples, Pumpkins, and Sunflower Stems.
Walk the Stalks – Red Barn’s Cool Little Corn Maze
Plan to spend 25-30 minutes figuring your way out of this 2-acre corn maze. It’s small but mighty – whoever designed this thing wasted no time plotting twists and turns and getting you completely mixed up.
Unlike the larger mazes in the area, you’ll come to junction after junction right away, proving that you don’t have to be in a giant corn maze to have a great labyrinth experience.
Your mission (kids eat this up) is to find 5 hidden checkpoints; each one you find gets you a chalk mark on a finger. Collect all five, and you can head over to the code board to decipher your next action.
If you go: be sure to wear sturdy shoes; the ground is uneven and those cornstalks are tall!
The Painted Turtle: Hard Cider That Hits the Spot
A fall day without a little hard cider to warm the soul – I might be interested.
Red Barn Market knows this and has smartly set up their establishment so that we can all enjoy it on their alcohol-friendly patio. They also have indoor seating for when Michigan weather decides to, you know, be Michigan weather.
Drool-Worthy Eats – Donut Even Think About Skipping These
Sure, Red Barn Market hooks you up with classic fall experiences, but let’s not overlook the fact that they’re also slinging some seriously delicious grub.
And that is so responsible of them. We need things to pair with the Painted Turtle Cider. It’s wonderful that they’re looking out for us.
A sneak peak at their menu reveals comfort food with a fall twist that’ll have you savoring every bite.
- The Red Barn Bagel: a toasted bagel slathered in cream cheese and apple butter, piled high with sliced apples, turkey, bacon, and a dash of cinnamon spices.
- Cran & Brie Sandwich: turkey, house-made cranberry chutney, creamy brie, and crispy bacon all cozied up inside a warm pretzel roll.
- Fried Pickle Chips & Ranch or the Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds served with a side of Blueberry Jam.
- Ice cream. Creamy and dreamy. Giant ice cream sandwiches.
- Hand-dipped caramel apples covered in candies, sprinkles, or nuts. This is a gourmet as it gets.
And, for the love, don’t miss the donuts.
If you’re a fan of cake donuts, brace yourself. Somehow they manage to create donuts with a light, crunchy outer coating that gives way to a fluffy, soft interior that melts in your mouth.
See now why we insist this place ends up on your fall bucket list?
U-Pick Apples & Pumpkins
They planted 6,000 apple trees back in 2021, and now have a whopping 23 varieties of apples in their orchard ready for u-pick.
Today, this is one of the most picturesque apple orchards in West Michigan.
Get a u-pick apple bag as an add-on to your “beyond the barn” experience.
Come October, it’s time for the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
There’s an entire field of pumpkins waiting to be turned into jack-o’-lanterns or pie. Grab a wagon and wander through the patch to find your perfect pumpkin.
Note: Apple and pumpkin picking are only accessed via “Beyond the Barn,” and items require an additional fee. Apples and pumpkins will be available for purchase on the front porch for quick trips.
Fur Babies Welcome!
Yes, you can bring your leashed pup.
Just keep your paws out of the market, corn maze – and animal pens. Because no one wants that kind of chaos!
Farm Market Shopping List
The Market features family-grown Michigan apples and pumpkins and they carry local seasonal produce like blueberries, strawberries, sweet corn, and watermelon.
- Local Honey: This is liquid gold, folks.
- Jams and Jellies: From apple butter to raspberry preserves, your morning toast just leveled up.
- Cheese Galore: Sharp cheddar, creamy brie, and don’t you dare skip the fresh cheese curds.
- Farm-Themed Décor: Cute kitchen gadgets, rustic signs, and cute little things.
In Summary: We’re Never Leaving
So, Red Barn Market, where should we put the couch?!
We came for the donuts, climbed Tire Mountain, conquered the menu, and decided this might just be our new home. If you’re in West Michigan and haven’t yet made it to this apple-laden wonderland, what on Earth are you waiting for?
Market & Farm Hours
Red Barn Market is open every day.
Monday through Friday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location & Contact Info
- Address: 3550 Alden Nash Ave NE, Lowell, MI 49331
- Contact: (616) 987-3182
- Website: Red Barn Market
Have you been to Red Barn Market yet?
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