Mid-Michigan

Michigan Food Producers 

I’m always amazed to see the large number of creative Michigan food producers as I travel around the state. Here’s what I found while at VegFest 2016 in Novi, MI. Look for them online, in stores, and at farmers markets.

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I’ve had El Cardenal salsa and tamales when they were in Grand Rapids. Delish!

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Ope’s came all the way from Kalamazoo.

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Bob loves the spicy popcorn from Cynt-Sation.

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A vegan? Where do you get your protein? From lentil snacks!! I’ve also seen these at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. 

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MI Pops are from Mason, MI.

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Lots of great flavor selection.

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Detroit BBQ!

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Whole food bars.

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I’ve purchased this pasta at the Detroit Eastern Market; good substitute for those avoiding wheat.

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What’s not to like about vegan soft serve?

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I had to try a doughnut!

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First time I had these was in the U.P. They are available in many areas of MI.

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Gotta have some savory with the sweet!

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Gourmet Dressings.

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More gourmet – from Clarkston.

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Bakery that caters to those with food sensitivities.

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More MI granola!

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Oh my. Pie is my favorite dessert.

 

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Preserves and condiments made in MI.

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HOT!

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Get your gut health here! The Brinery in Ann Arbor.

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They also have fitness sessions.

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Looks like a great choice for a special occasion.

To see the restaurants at VegFest Novi 2016, visit this link.

Day Trip to Our Capital Area

We love to travel around Michigan seeing what’s new in the locally-sourced food scene. We take day, weekend, and sometimes week-long trips – especially during the fabulous Michigan summers!

Last weekend we spent a day in the Lansing area. We started out with a trip to Horrock’s. They had the first Michigan sweet corn that I’d seen for sale. And, they are the go-to for Michigan beer, wine, and hard cider. They have an extensive selection, and a bar area where they fill growlers. They were also sampling wine that day. Personally, I went for the fresh-pressed juices that were packaged and on ice as I walked in the door. It was just what I needed for a road trip.

For our next stop, we went to Bad Brewing Co. in Mason. They have a large variety of beers on tap. Also in downtown Mason, is The Vault Deli which has a vault full of wines. No, really. The building used to be a bank. Mason is a quick trip south of Lansing, and a place I’d like to explore more.

The last stop of the day was west of Lansing in Williamston. We had dinner at Gracie’s Place; I had a salad and the stuffed chard in tomato puree. Both were quite good and healthy. This is a place to watch! I chatted with their new Executive Chef, William Davis. He’s doing a lot of research for local food sourcing. I was able to send him some resources to help get his new gig going. Be sure to stop there when in the area and ask for Michigan food and beverages. I hope to do a full blog post about them soon.

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Extensive MI Beverage Selection at Horrock’s in Lansing

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Sampling at Bad Brewing Co. in Mason, MI

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The Vault Deli wine shop area.

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First course at Gracie’s Place in Williamston.

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Stuffed Chard at Gracie’s Place.

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