Pick Your Own Raspberries

RedRaspberries_255By Executive Editor Chris Hardman

In Michigan raspberries have a long season lasting from July through September. They are a favorite among the shorter pickers in my family because they can easily reach them and shove a few in their mouths before I notice.  Raspberries come in black, red and yellow. This year, I am trying to grow a bush with red berries in a pot on my deck. I only hope I can get to them before the birds do.

Below is a list of some u-pick farms in our area. As always, call for picking conditions before you get in the car.

Beckwith Berries & Blooms: 2230 Rochester Rd, Leonard, 248-360-3774

Berry Hill Farm: 12835 N Territorial Rd, Dexter, 734-475-1516

Erwin Orchards: 61475 Silver Lake Rd, South Lyon, 248-437-0150

Hazen’s Farm: 1144 Peavy Rd, Howell, 517-548-1841

Makielski’s Berry Farm: 7130 Platt Rd, Ypsilanti, 734-572-006

Middleton Berry Farm: 4888 Oakwood Rd, Ortonville, 248-831-1004

Miller’s Big Red Apple Orchard: 4900 32 Mile Rd, Washington, 586-752-7888

Rainbow’s End Farm: 8333 Mohrle Rd, Fowlerville, 517-223-1079

Spicer Orchards:  10411 Clyde Rd, 810-632-7692

Wasem Fruit Farm: 6580 Judd Rd Milan, 734-482-2342

Whitakers Berry Farm: 6724 Todd Rd, Ida, 734-269-6612Read More

Michigan Beer

By Food Editor Pam Aughe, R.D

I spent quite a bit of time traveling around Michigan with my family this summer. Most of our adventures were focused around swimming in the Great Lakes, camping and hiking. Another way my family—at least the adults—enjoy Michigan is by tasting local beers during our travels. A few empty growlers for filling are always a must on our packing list.

Our first stop this summer was Holland State Park—a beautiful spot directly on the beach. The most obvious place to start sampling beer was New Holland Brewery. They make craft beer and artisan spirits. I’m a big fan of The Poet, a creamy oatmeal stout with a rich, roasty malt character. We filled up the growler with Full Circle Kolsch, had some snacks and even checked out the gift shop.

Newly brewing since 2012 is Petoskey Brewing directly across the street from one of our favorite campgrounds, Petoskey State Park. This brewery is housed in a 115-year-old building that began as a brewery in the late 1800s. The building has since gone through many changes but continues to retain a lot of character.… Read More

Sweet Marias Ice Cream

By Executive Editor Chris Hardman Sweet MariasYesterday I went to Hazen’s farm in Howell to pick blueberries. An early afternoon storm forced us out of the field and inside of Sweet Marias—the farm’s small bakery.  I was immediately drawn to their homemade blueberry crisp ice cream, and it was delicious. The ice cream was topped with a buttery streusel that provided just the right amount of crunch to the creamy vanilla ice cream. Ribbons of thick blueberry sauce gave depth to the already rich flavor. For dessert, I tried a blueberry bliss cookie. Two types of chocolate chips and dried blueberries in a crisp cookie satisfied my sweet tooth perfectly. Maria Gomez, herself, was waiting on customers. A charming 22-year-old with an engaging smile, she was delighted to talk about her products. All the fruit in her pies, cookies and ice cream come from the family farm, and the rest of her ingredients are sourced locally when possible. She was obviously proud of her made-from-scratch products with Michigan ingredients. Maria runs her bakery with her aunt Ileana Buchholz. They sell at the farm during the fruit season and at the Brighton Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.… Read More

Stay Cool with Popsicles

By Food Editor Pam Aughe, R.D

Popsicles without mystery ingredients are one of the most difficult items to find at the supermarket. Check out some of the ingredients on a popsicle food label: water, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar, red 40, red 3, blue1, yellow 6, palm oil, polysorbate 80 and gums. Sugar and dyes are the most common ingredients and, unfortunately, the popsicles that are made with fewer and more natural ingredients are quite costly. The best option is to make homemade popsicles. They are easy to make and you can control the ingredients. Special popsicle molds are fun but you really only need small paper cups and craft popsicle sticks. Try some of these icy treats with local dairy and seasonal fruit.

Yogurt Pops:  1 ripe banana, peeled;  1 cup frozen berries;  2    cups Greek 0% vanilla yogurt

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor; puree. Pour into cups and cover each with foil. Make a small slit with paring knife in foil and insert popsicle stick. Freeze on a flat surface until firm. Once frozen, remove foil and peel off paper.… Read More