With charm, fish boils and a mysterious lavender labyrinth, Cherry Point Farm & Market in Shelby is far more than just a place to pick up a quart of cherries.
“People come from all over,” says owner Barbara Bull, whose family started the western Michigan farm in 1949. “I want things to be genuine. If I don’t make it, I don’t sell it. If I don’t grow it, I don’t sell it.”
Because so few people own family farms anymore, Bull wants visitors to take time to enjoy the peaceful agrarian setting, especially the labyrinth.
The massive earthwork spiral planted with lavender bushes is not a maze, but a garden planted in “sacred geometry” form. It is so large it can be seen on Google Earth. The center is an interlocking-circle “vesica” pattern, planted with herbs. Created by Bull and architect Conrad Heiderer in 2001, the labyrinth has attracted international attention for its beauty. The 12-point vesica symbolizes the months of the year and the seasons, says Heiderer, who specializes in architectural and agricultural sustainability projects.
“The center of the labyrinth and garden is giving off a huge amount of energy—good energy—and the meditation walk through the lavender reinforces the radiating energy in the individual,” he says.
The lavender blooms peak in late July and early August. This year, Bull says, some lavender plants are new and will be smaller than plants were a few years ago, so visitors should be aware of that. “I don’t want anyone to be disappointed,” she says.
Other events at Cherry Point include evening fish boils, which are a Great Lakes traditional Scandinavian outdoor dinner, and pancake breakfasts and teas. The market also has fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs for sale, including lavender.
The goal of Cherry Point? Come, and stay awhile.
“I wanted Cherry Point to be someplace people could come and connect with the land, or themselves, or a higher power,” Bull says. “That’s what coming to a farm does, what a labyrinth does.”
If you go:
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October. Reservations are required for fish boils, Flapjacks and Fruit, Tuesday Tea and lunch. Visit the labyrinth early or late in the day for fewest bees. 9600 Buchanan Rd., Shelby (1.5 miles south of the Silver Lake sand dunes).