Monthly Archives: May 2010

Traverse City

Cherry Trees Bloom on Union Street, Traverse City

While I do love traveling to remote and/or exotic places, I am not beyond enjoying the delights found closer to home. Case in point: Traverse City, Michigan. It’s just two states over, and yet I never managed to get there until last year. Now, I’ve visited two years in a row, just returning about a week ago from my most recent foray. It’s an incredibly beautiful area, with verdant national forests, lush vineyards and orchards, and rolling hills, all surrounded by beautiful beaches and the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan. It also happens to be a world-class foodie destination. Good combination, I think.

Traverse City faces the water and is nestled at the base of two hilly, green peninsulas, the Leelenau and the Mission Peninsulas. When I speak of Traverse City, I am referring to this entire, sprawling area of woods, water, and wineries, not just of the city itself. However, the city’s downtown area is incredibly charming, streets lined with wonderful old buildings, all housing great shops and dandy eateries. Cherry trees decorate the sidewalks, so you can always tell whether the cherries in the surrounding orchards are in bloom or getting ready to pick. And that’s a big deal here. Traverse City and environs is the cherry capital of the United States, producing around 75% of the nation’s tart and sweet cherries. Continue reading


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Business is Mushrooming

I recently had the great good fortune to interview Eric Rose of River Valley Ranch for Farmers’ Markets Today magazine. I had, in fact, been a fan of Rose’s products for some time (though only for a relatively small portion of his 34-year career), and I had suggested a story to the magazine, as it seemed like a great match. So late in February, I drove to Burlington, WI, to check out the farm, the store, and the tale behind Rose’s presence at so many of the area’s farmers’ markets.

The article came out in print, with even more photos than on the website, but the magazine’s website does make it possible to share the story with more folks. So here’s “Business is Mushrooming” from Farmers’ Markets Today.

And just in case you want to visit the store, or would like to order some of their goodies online (everything is excellent, but I definitely recommend the 5-cheese garlic spread), here’s a link to River Valley Ranch and Kitchens—just in case you don’t live close to one of the many farmers’ markets here in the Midwest where Rose shows his wares each summer.

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