From Michigan, With Love: A Summer Travel Guide

Our four-legged friend, Franklin Dohanius, is back this month with our annual summer travel guide showcasing six products you should definitely have with you when traveling in Michigan!

Best snack food In Detroit, we’ve been making Michigan’s best and most beloved chips for over 90 years, using only the finest ingredients including Michigan-grown potatoes for ten months of the year. People from all over the state and country love to order them online for themselves or send them to out-of-state friends as gifts. Award winning snack maker 1Street Featured in three sections in national and international publications: Best Original Potato Chips Best Corrugated Potato Chips from www.thekitchn.com, a daily US based online food magazine and Best BBQ Flavored Potato Chips in the US from The Wonderful World of Chips & Crisps 2020 , an annual guide to snacks based in the United Kingdom. Part of Better Made’s success is developing and releasing delicious new products. From the company’s humble beginnings when Detroit had more than 20 potato chip manufacturers, Better Made has strived to provide the best product possible, and that hard work has paid off. The company is committed to surviving and supporting Detroit. Much of Better Made’s success and longevity can be attributed to its loyal customers and loyal employees. Better Made continues to develop and offer a wide variety of award-winning, high-quality snack foods, including assorted regular and flavored potato chips, potato sticks, gourmet popcorn, pretzels, tortilla chips, ham crusts and more! www.bettermade.com

Scarlet Cheese Company! Pinconning has been labeled the “Cheese Capital of Michigan” because it is home to the famous Pinconning cheese brand – Michigan’s best cheese! The Pinconning Cheese Company also produces other styles of cheese at its Pinconning facility. The aging process is what gives Pinconning cheese its special and unique flavour. At the Pinconning Cheese Company, cheese can be aged for up to ten years. (I’ve tried it and it’s great – the best I’ve ever had!) The super sharp cheese is original and can only be found at Pinconning Cheese Company, Deli and Fudge Shoppe. Nowhere else in Michigan can Pinconning cheese be found in a very steep range. The company has expanded its product offerings to include special items, such as homemade sausages, custom takeaway sandwiches, and pizzas, as well as the now popular Pinconning Pizzaloaf to their daily menu. (Yes, I’ve also tried pizzaload, and it’s awesome!!!) The company continues the family tradition that has been at the heart of the Pinconning Dairy business since the early days of 1915 by specializing in iconic cheeses and made-to-order spreads, as well as expanding to include fudge, Michigan-made meats, jerky, smoked fish, pickles, and a wide variety of condiments. and special sauces. www.piconningcheese.com.

top rock farms Ellsworth is known for its delicious cherry and cherry butter products packed in handcrafted cedarwood boxes. Using only the highest quality fruit from its own orchard, Rocky Top Farms makes delicious fruit butters, preserves, and sauces in copper kettles in small batches in the farmhouse kitchen. There is a lumber shop at Rocky Top Farms where handcrafted gift boxes are made from white Michigan cedar. Stuffed with delicious preserves and fruit butter, these boxes make excellent gifts for any occasion. People can also buy beautiful wooden tables made from the lumber shop. There is also a small farm shop where passersby can buy varieties of cherries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and peaches grown in the North. Many of the company’s gourmet fruit products are offered by hotels and B&Bs. Specialty stores and health food stores also carry specialty and all-natural products. Now a new generation of the family falls in love with the farm. With this come new ideas that ensure the quality that Rocky Top Farms is known for. New offerings include cabins for rent and a venue to host wedding parties, as well as hay cart tours of the company’s beautiful location. Rocky Top Farms is located in northwest County Antrim – not too far from Lake Torch and east of Lake Michigan.

www.rockytopfarms.com

Altis Berg In Detroit, it just launched a second product, the Altes Sportsman Copper Lager, to revive the iconic Altes Sportsman brand, a celebration of Michigan’s great outdoors. Altes Sportsman is a copper-flavored ale that is delicious to drink for all seasons. The amber colour, with its softness and inviting scent, this handcrafted Sportsman offers a crunchy spine and finish. It’s a loyal companion that pairs well with all the outdoors in Michigan but also attracts a variety of beer drinkers – lovers of outdoor and craft beer, and anyone who loves great beer. This second craft beer harkens back to traditional Bavarian brewing, and calls attention to Michigan’s thriving craft beer industry. Originally created by Altes Beer to appeal to outdoor enthusiasts, Altes Beer is now back to honor Michigan and its great outdoor traditions.” The athlete has a slightly lower ABV at 5.0% than the Altes Original ABV of 5.2%. Both jerseys feature only the finest and purest ingredients – 100% barley malt For a worse taste and only imported German hops for a crisp Bavarian finish.People of all ages love beer, the history, the story of a Detroit underdog rising from the ashes, now the open air Michigan celebration and everything in Michigan, really.As with the Altes Original, they launched the product in Southeast Michigan, where they expected strong sales. There is already great interest in Sportsman across Michigan, including UP, as Michiganders are beginning to see it across the state. Altes proudly wears the insignia as the only remaining historic independent beer in Detroit. , and one of the very few historic independent beers in the state and region. www.altes.beer.

Big Bear’s house In Caledonia specializes in the retail and wholesale trade of fresh fish and seafood, smoked sausages, fish, bacon and delicious sandwiches. There is a lot of history associated with Big O’Smokhouse, as five generations led to the establishment of the company. The story begins with the great-grandfather, Paul Osterhaven, who began his career working in the seafood business in Grand Rapids. A family business soon emerged when his son, Bruce, followed suit and established a local seafood and fish market which evolved into a distribution center known today as Fine Food. The family business continued as Bruce’s son, Keith Osterhaven, devoted his time working for the family-run business. With his knowledge of the market and his skill at creating recipes from scratch, Keith sought to develop his own creations with the support of his father. Fast forward to 1997, Big O’ Smokehouse opened its doors and began serving the community with the highest quality fish and smoked meat products. In 2001, Bruce Jr. started. Working in the smoker, and with the continued demand for authentic, delicious seafood and meats, Bruce helped expand the varieties available and the smoker now provides a range of fools, sausages, handmade dips, and more. Bruce’s younger brother Kurt soon joined after graduating with an accounting degree. In 2018, Kurt and Bruce took over the day-to-day operations full-time. Bruce and Kurt’s commitment to quality, excellence, and hard work – instilled by grandfather and father – is how the company maintains its good reputation in the community. www.bigosmokehouse.com

Great Lakes Distillation Company In Freezer not only makes the best pickles in the state, but they also have pickle pouches that allow you to make your own pickle products in your fridge! Great Lakes Pickles are made with little or no sodium for people who like the taste of delicious pickles but are cutting back on their sodium intake. The company has several new products including the sodium-free Sweet Summer Garden Mix and the sodium-free Sweet Summer Garden Mix. Each jar is filled with sliced ​​cucumber, carrot, red pepper and broccoli. (The spicy mix has just the right amount of jalapeño for a little kick.) It’s all packed into a savory brine that’s not overly sweet, allowing for a taste of the freshest greens. It’s great for snacking, served as a side dish with lunch or dinner, or as part of a vegetable salad to take to parties. Great Lakes pickle bags contain seasoning and are great for pickling cucumbers, slices, or your favorite vegetables, such as beets, green beans, asparagus, okra, green peppers, or other favorites. You simply tear off the top of a pickling bag, add your favorite vegetables, fill it with water to the filling line, seal it like a zip-bag, and refrigerate for three or four days. Take it out, open it, and voila – you have great-tasting pickled vegetables. You can use the remaining brine as a marinade for chicken or pork, mix it with olive oil and use it as a salad dressing, then drain the excess water and use the seasoning in sour cream for a great veggie dip or chip dip, or even for the Great Bloody Mary. www.greatlakespickling.com

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