We love Traverse City. We stayed for two weeks early in the summer. We rented the room overlooking the Bay.
I agree I was surprised about the lack of fresh fruit stands. But we have to drive to find some. We drove to Central Lake, no stand, drove to Mancelona, no stand, but when we drive to Bellaire (about 30 miles away) we found a great place called Traverse Bay Farms. They had a variety of fresh fruit sweet cherries, fresh blueberries, fresh blackberries, etc. All of the fruit was from local farms. I guess the farms in Northern Michigan don't have fruit stands.
Traverse Bay Farms also had the best fruit salsa we ever tasted. We drove back twice to get their red raspberry fruit salsa. We also bought so of their Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry capsules. Since we returned back home, we ordered and they sent us fresh sweet cherries to our home and some Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry capsules. Check them out at www.traversebayfarms.com. We still order from them.