For $8, today's side deal gets you up to $16 worth of pick-your-own raspberries (a $4 value per quart) and dig-your-own chrysanthemums (a $5 value each) plus 15% off jams at Rainbows End Farm in Fowlerville. The picking season runs until the first frost, typically in early October, but you can use your Groupon at next year's seasonal harvest as well.
Escape the city's busy bustle and two-tone ragamuffins and return to your hunter-gatherer roots at Rainbows End Farm, an organic fruitstitution that puts you in the picker's seat. Bountiful rows of juicy red fruits await fearless reapers at the farm's one-acre fall red-raspberry patch, which is rife with Heritage-brand razz-bushes. Fill up your share of containers (containers are provided for picking, though you must bring your own in order to bring your goods home)—the tender Heritage berries preserve well in the fridge for days—and then feel free to behold the farm’s colorful chrysanthemum garden. Take a shovel and comb through two 400-foot lines decked with red, yellow, orange, white, and coral flowers—all of which transfer nicely into the autumnal color scheme of home gardens and planters. The welcoming environment is a fun fall retreat for families, especially when you factor in the farm's wall of sunflowers and zinnia maze.