Taking a bite from any one of the West Michigan blueberry treats offered at Blueberry Haven is pure bliss. It’s like tasting the joy of a Michigan summer – lakeside breezes, sandy beaches, blue skies, and open-air farm markets all wrapped up in an irresistible treat. Sound too good to be true? A visit to Blueberry Haven will convince you otherwise. The inviting décor, friendly service, delightful gift baskets and delicious food boasts locally grown blueberries and hospitality in a unique way.
It all started when owner Tiffany Balk and her husband were returning from a summer vacation spent at a house in Canada they rented. She stated, “I’d love to send the owners a thank-you gift of something made in Michigan.” Her husband suggested dried cherries, yet as they passed by the blueberry farms along M-45, Tiffany remarked, “Why not blueberries? A gift that truly showcases the fresh fruit of Ottawa county.” At that moment, the idea for a blueberry gift business was born, and soon after in 2007, Blueberry Haven began operations on the Balk’s basement pool table. Originally wholesaling products to a few area retail stores and selling locally at the Grand Haven Farmers Market, the overwhelmingly positive response and growing number of loyal local fans convinced Tiffany to open a retail store, what she lovingly refers to as a blueberry boutique, in downtown Grand Haven.
Named for blueberries (obviously) and the town it hails from, Blueberry Haven is a “must” for visitors to West Michigan and one of the most popular gift destinations for its residents. The retail shop and online store offer an array of blueberry products and gift boxes, including jams, spreads and sauces, chocolate-covered berries, baking mixes, beverages, snacks and sweets – all featuring sweet Michigan-grown blueberries. Custom gift boxes and copies of the owner’s fabulous cookbook, Beaches, Berries, and Bliss: Blueberry Recipes and More are also available.
Although head picker Tiffany is busy running this thriving local business, she makes the time to write and cook –- and keep an eye on her three teenage boys, 19, 16 and 13 years old.
Be sure to check out her blog below. It’s filled with interesting tidbits and updates on everything blueberries and life in Grand Haven. Subscribe to their e-newsletter, “like” their Facebook page, and follow them on twitter. You can also discover their story and delicious recipes in Tiffany’s cookbook, Beaches, Berries, and Bliss: Blueberry Recipes and More.
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