Luisa's Cafe and Harbert Swedish Bakery You have a choice here. Hidden Springs Creamery Call before visiting this idyllic farm, where draft horses till the fields and lavender flavors the sheep's milk cheese. They had the theory that the best wines come from places where the grapes have to struggle to ripen, and, in time, they were proven right. Sit a while under the apple tree or stroll through the vineyards. Our partners work together to highlight Michigan commodities, agricultural practices and the diligent farm families who work every day to provide Michigan with safe, high quality foods and products. But if you come here just to get your dairy on, you're missing out. Try the chicken salad on rosemary focaccia.
Trillium Cottage You'll forgive the lumpy beds at these charming cottages on a family farm when you see fresh eggs in the fridge and twinkly stars in the night sky. Or give in to your inner second-grader and barrel through chocolate chip pancakes. The Dining Room at 209 Main Tiny town. This greatness is measured more by its principles than its tonnage or case production. The views and opinions expressed on this website are solely those of the authors and other contributors. When my husband, Rich, and I travel around the U.
Chefs Eric Patterson and Jennifer Blakeslee a Traverse City native create an ever-changing seasonal menu sourcing from local farms, which are credited on a blackboard in the dining room. The flavors of our past have become the ingredients of our future, and Michigan offers them in abundance. Plus, I love growing what I can. . Track down your favorite finds from dinner at the Sara Hardy Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
We covered every aspect from farm fields, orchards, and lakes to farm-to-fork restaurants, bakeries, and farmer markets — the key was everything had to be homegrown. The new tasting room will offer 15 different products by the glass or to taste, including newer vintages and varietals, as well as house-made ciders and meads. Drop-in customers are welcome, but calling ahead is smart. Did you have any surprises as you worked on this book? What began as a bold move by one visionary couple has evolved into a wine industry with tremendous sustainability practices. They sought out orchards that produce peaches, cherries and antique apples. Kownacki said the company is working on expanding its distribution but also expects its tasting room to be a destination for oenophiles and novices alike who want to experience Michigan wine without traveling four hours by car.
A gallery of photos follows:. The beautiful full-color book is right on target with interest in the local food movement. Even the highway names Blue Star, Red Arrow have a cheerful, vintage character. Carr Valley Cheese This highly respected company is our pick for high-end, artisan cheeses such as Billy Blue and Cocoa Cardona. Michigan is the second-most agriculturally diverse state in the country. We love the sale bin.
The state began receiving funds for research support, and it made its debut in the World Atlas of Wine. Camp Bacon is four days of all things bacon — eating, learning, listening, tasting and talking; a pork-centric party that features everything from poetry to pigs. For permission to use any of this content please E-mail: All contents are copyright © 1990 - 2019 James T. The latest, Mari Vineyards, opened in June and offers stunning elevated views from its castle-like tasting room on a hill. And that's before you visit the Scandinavian bakery. Alp and Dell Cheese A huge Swiss-owned factory supplies this shop, so the variety is great. If another partnering organization, farmer spokesperson or industry representative is a better lead on moderating comments, staff will be responsible for communicating with the appropriate parties.
We end the book with nearly 30 recipes — from pearsauce, similar to applesauce, to cider-roasted lamb — which increases the chances that good food will land on your table. Jaye and Dianne visited small family farms growing everything from asparagus to zucchini. That explains the posh hotels and fine dining, but in this revived age of eating locally, they seek handmade cheese, small-batch wine and canned garden tomatoes, too. At the end of each chapter, we list the places we visited to help get people started. Last updated September 25, 2015. Grand Traverse is home to 19 microbreweries and counting, and every local has a favorite tasting room or two.
Although the eruption of Mount St. It focuses on small to medium farms selling directly to the consumer, as well as restaurants and bakers who use local products. Southwest Michigan in summer looks like the colorful label on an old fruit crate: sun-drenched orchards, sparkling water and the sweet promise of golden apricots. Be a grown-up, and order crab cakes. Round Barn Winery A terraced patio. We want all aspects of society to come enjoy the experience of wine. National Historic Cheesemaking Center A small museum in the Green County Visitors Center has a fascinating collection of vintage dairy equipment and photos.