Along the Paint Creek Trail

By Food Editor Pam Aughe, R.D.

IN THE HEART OF Oakland Township is Goodison Michigan, where there was once a trade town with a bustling train stop. The popular rail line moved people and products from Detroit to Flint and existed for almost 100 years. By 1970, much of the train line went unused until a 10.5 mile stretch was converted back to its origin as a bike trail. This was the first rail-to-trail in the state of Michigan and is now known as the Paint Creek Trail. Goodison is exactly in center of Paint Creek Trail.

One of the more historic destinations in Goodison is the Paint Creek Cider Mill, which serves a full menu year round along with the traditional donuts and cider. The owners pride themselves on preparing everything from scratch. They smoke the meats, make the pizza dough, prepare house-made pierogi and even make their own sodas. The mill uses all Michigan apples for their cider, applesauce, apple butter and desserts while also offering Michigan made honey, syrup and jams. Paint Creek Cider Mill is a great resting point along the Paint Creek Trail or a driving destination to eat a local meal.… Read More

Ypsilanti’s Thriving Local Scene

By Food Editor Pam Aughe, R.D. 

ONLY SIX MILES EAST of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti has a thriving local food and art community. Once home to a variety of industries—flour, lumber, wool, cigars and cars—the preserved 19th century buildings now serve as coffee shops, hip clothiers and local markets.

Ypsilanti Food Co-op is located in the Mill Works building in historic Depot Town. Owned and operated by its customers, Ypsilanti Food Co-op offers high-quality local food and goods. Shoppers can find cheese, milk, meats, grains, produce and specialty items all produced by local farms and businesses.

By shopping at a food co-op, food dollars stay in the community. Ypsilanti Food Co-Op sold $1.4 million of products from local growers and producers last year alone. The co-op even has its own bakery called River St. Bakery with a solar powered oven and its own bee yard adjacent to the building called Honeybee Alley.

Another way to support local food is through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Individuals purchase directly from the farms seasonal bounty for a fee and receive a box of farm fresh produce for home consumption.… Read More

Flint Food Finds

By Food Editor Pam Aughe, R.D. 

JUST A FEW BLOCKS from the new location of the Flint Farmers’ Market is Rolls “R” Ready—a bakery that has been serving the community for over 12 years. We were immediately welcomed by the owner, Ms. Evelyn Harrison, who was quick to spin a tale about growing up in Arkansas or about Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s visit to her bakery.

While listening to all of Evelyn’s wonderful stories, we snacked on some old Southern tea cakes and an apple turnover. Be sure to try her signature cinnamon rolls that are touted as the “best buns in town.”

After filling our bellies with baked treats, edibleWOW Magazine met at the Flint Farmers’ Market for our staff meeting. With numerous places to eat and shop for local foods, a community kitchen and even Zumba classes, this downtown location truly feels like the hub of Flint. It is the perfect place to begin revisiting the Flint community.

Lunch led us to the historic Carriage Town area of Flint and Hoffman’s Deco Deli and Café. Originally opened in 1928 as a Sears auto center, the building now houses the deli along with an antique center.… Read More

Looking for Food Trucks

By Food Editor Pam Aughe, R.D. 

FOOD TRUCKS WERE ALWAYS a quick and cheap way to eat food as a college student. Many years later, I’m happy to see the food truck revolution has landed in Southeast Michigan. These quick service moving establishments serve many creative options like pork belly tacos, watermelon basil ice pops and wood fired pizza. A mild, spring day in Detroit was the perfect opportunity to visit Campus Martius where four Michigan food trucks feed the downtown locals for lunch.

First, we stopped at Socra Tea Detroit—a tea house and artist gallery in the museum and medical center district of Detroit. An inviting environment for shopping and eating, we perused the ceramics, jewelry, paintings and artisan food items before even ordering our drinks and snacks. Socra Tea truly specializes in tea offering a full wall of traditional tea blends as well as some personal creations such as, peanut butter and jelly tea blend and strawberry dream tea blend. They offer baked goods from Ethel’s Edibles, Pinwheel Bakery and Sister Pie.

Making one last stop before lunch, we visited the newly opened store front of Bon Bon Bon in the Chrysler House Building.… Read More