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Enjoy The Superbowl With Michigan Beer
By Ryan Anderson
Monday, January 16, 2006

Drink Michigan Beer  >>>

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Michigan Blueberries: A Delicious and Healthy Snack
By Ryan Anderson
Friday, January 13, 2006

The Blueberry Store - Blueberry BeginningsAt our recent Expo, one of the most popular vendors was the Blueberry Store. They showed up with quite a display of products and samples that really got people excited. The Blueberry Store is the retail end of MBG - The Michigan Blueberry Growers Association, a co-op of growers dedicated to spreading the good news about this wonder fruit. The co-op began back in 1936 in southwestern Michigan, and today is recognized as a leading marketer of cultivated blueberries, with sales in excess of $92 million annually. Recently, blueberries have been associated with anti-oxidants, and have since enjoyed an increased interest among the health-conscious.

As you can tell from their name, the Blueberry Store sells everything blueberry - I'm talking everything! Of course, they sell actual blueberries - both dried and frozen - in various package sizes. But it's what they produce from blueberries that makes the store interesting. It starts with a diverse array of jams, jellies and preserves, including blends with other fruits. You can also pick up blueberry syrup (great for pancakes or french toast), "blueberries foster" for a tasty dessert treat, or old-fashioned blueberry blossom honey. Don't forget you can drink the health benefits of blueberries in their BlueNectar juice, the delicious blueberry coffee, and herbal tea. If you're a more adventurous gourmet, check out the unique blueberry edibles such as: mustard, salsa, chutney and vinaigrette. There's no excuse NOT to enjoy the benefits of this healthy fruit.

In the early 1990's, as morale among blueberry growers was low due to a number of factors, the idea came up to start directly selling the products they were producing. Hence, the Blueberry Store retail outlet in South Haven, Michigan was born. If you're ever in the area, it's worth the stop in to absorb the sights and smells of products the store has to offer. Also, if you're at home and have a taste for anything blueberries, just visit their website for a complete product listing and on-line ordering, or find their products at participating southwest Michigan markets - icncluding D&W, Martin's, Harding's, and Oleson's. Enjoy the blueberry health-kick today!  >>>

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J&M Farm: A Family Success Story
By Ryan Anderson
Thursday, January 12, 2006

Johnny & Maurina GyergyovAs is the theme in many of the articles on our website, sometimes an unexpected job loss can turn into a genuine opportunity. Such was the case with Johnny & Maurina Gyergyov, who moved out to rural Macomb County in the late 1970's with "no intention of farming". However, as they settled in, and with fond memories of visits to Johnny’s grandfather’s farm in Oklahoma, they decided to start J&M Farm as a family operation in 1983. Although they had no real experience in farming, they did have a tremendous enthusiasm about the venture, and slowly built up the farm from 1 acre to almost 10, but it continued to be a part-time job for Johnny. As fate would have it, in 1994 he would lose his job of 29 years, and take over the operations full-time to support his family. They chose to concentrate on raising "happy hogs", and the family has never looked back.

The term "happy hogs" comes from the fact that J&M doesn’t use hormones or anti-biotics in the raising of their animals, which ultimately benefits the consumer, as studies have shown that continued exposure to anti-biotics in our diet and environment lead to more resistant forms of bacteria. Their hogs are fed high quality corn and soybean feed, as well as a steady stream of country music 24 hours a day. The meat is processed at their USDA approved facility, and they offer sides of freezer pork, along with various cuts and sausages. You can find their products right there at their farm market in Allenton, or at locations around Almont (including the Almont Farmer's Market during the summer), Imlay City, and Romeo. By far the most popular part of their business, though, are pigs roasts - where they show up with the equipment and the pig, and either cook it for you or leave you with instructions. When it's finished, they take care of cleaning up. Nothing could be easier.

This family operation continues to grow, and have recently began selling meats bundles on-line. At their website, you can find out more information about this great family-farm success story. Visit their farm market soon, and ask them about their "happy hogs".  >>>

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Enhance The Flavor Of Everyday Cooking
By Ryan Anderson
Monday, January 09, 2006

Becky DeYoung and DeYoung's Fore Seasons  >>>

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