Fruit production in the Fruit Belt would be impossible without its unique environment. Climate is moderated in the region by what is referred to as “Lake effect”. This Lake Michigan weather phenomenon keeps the area warmer when it’s cold, and cooler when it’s warm.
The climate, rolling terrain, and soil are perfect for blueberries and a number of other fruits. This is why Southwest Michigan is considered the most productive fruit growing environment in the world – not just in Michigan, not just in North America – in the WORLD. If you think the best blueberries, peaches, or grapes you’ve ever tasted have come from Southwest Michigan, you may rest assured it is not just your imagination running wild… IT’S A FACT!