Saturday, May 22, 2010

Got to Love Evergreen Lane Farm.

Have you ever been around baby goats?

Each spring, when I visit Evergreen Lane Farm in Fennville, I seriously contemplate scooping up one the adorable kids so I can put her in the backseat of my Jetta.

So far, I’ve resisted.

However, there’s no resisting the artisan cheeses handcrafted by Cathy Halisnki.

Let’s start with the chèvre: it’s fresh, snowy white, soft, easy to spread, and has a mild goat flavor. Caution…addiction is possible.

When I first sampled Cathy’s Pyramid Pointe soft-ripened cheese, I found (another) new

favorite. It has a distinctive pyramid shape and natural rind that’s blackened with ash. The flavor becomes more pronounced as it ages, and it’s fabulous at any stage.

If you prefer cow’s milk cheeses, Evergreen Lane Creamery makes some of the best. La Mancha MOO! is an outstanding camembert. Poet’s Tomme is a raw milk cheese made with The Poet stout from New Holland Brewing.

By: Micheal Shaw

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Koeze Makes Organic Peanut Butter?!?!

Mother Nature knows how to achieve perfection all by Herself.

For 84 years the people of Koeze Gourmet Nuts have been making peanut butter the way nature intended it to be.

Crafted in small batches, Cream-Nut Natural Peanut Butter (crunchy or smooth!) boasts a deep roasted peanut taste and contains only two ingredients: peanuts and a pinch of sea salt.

Go ahead; look at a jar of Jif and compare. Do we really need to be tripling our sugar intake?

When you want peanut butter the natural way, you want the good stuff: Koeze Cream Nut Butter. It consistently wins taste-testing awards, and it’s made right in Grand Rapids. So, go ahead and eat what’s naturally delicious; Mother Nature will thank you!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Monique Deschaine Loves Pasta

In 1981 Monique Deschaine decided that she wanted to make perfect pasta.

Following the advice of Julia Child to “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it,” Monique started her quest for perfection.

29 years later, we are lucky enough to enjoy the results of Monique’s commitment to her passion.

Meet al dente® Pasta Company from Whitmore Lake, Michigan.

Starting with the best ingredients, al dente® works their dough by hand. Their technique guarantees the difference in texture that you will taste.

With a cooking time of just 3 minutes, al dente® noodles make dinnertime easy to enjoy. Choose from a wide variety of fettucine, linguine, and low-carb noodle options. Try one of Monique’s™ Sumptuous Sauces as a topping, or experiment with one of the delicious recipe offerings found on the noodle bag or al dente’s website:

We are exited to be adding some Michigan Italian to the Market this year.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Meet McClure's Pickles

We love everything about McClure’s pickles!

Let’s start with the fact that their recipe has been passed through the generations from Great Grandmother Lala.

Learning their craft from both their Grandfather and Father, the McClure brothers use local produce whenever possible and whenever it’s in season. As a second best alternative, either Joe or Bob calls the farmers and to converse about getting the best, freshest produce around.

From there, the cucumbers are hand sliced and the jars are hand packed.

We also thought you’d want to know that their labels (composed of soy and vegetable based inks) are printed on a rolling press run by wind-powered electricity.

Now that’s cool.

Oh, did we forget to mention how darned irresistible their pickles are????