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Dublin General Store

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A revamped website, making it more user-friendly, has helped Dublin Store’s online sales soar in the last few months. “Our online business is just booming,” said Dean Fischer, who along with his dad Greg, represent the third generation of the family who originally started the business 81 years ago. “Our clientele has evolved a lot since 1935 and this is a prime example of it,” he continued. “We have sales all around the world.” A far cry from when Frank and Rose Forrelka launched the store. The business has sold its products online for many years, Dean said, but the number of online orders with the new website has re-

ally “taken off.” The store is famous for its jerky and Dean said one new thing this year with the jerky is its being flavored in a barrel straight from the Jack Daniels Distillery in Tennessee. “We bought the whole barrel, they bottled it for us, and now that’s how we are flavoring the apple jack jerky, in it” he added. “It’s gone over really well.” Other varieties of jerky include not only beef and turkey, but meat from deer, elk, kangaroo, alligator, pheasant, rabbit an wild boar. There are also additional flavors that include hellfire Cajun, chili cheese and cherry. Dean said the Dublin Store

products have been shipped all over America through the years and many were sent to members of the military as they serve either in this country or overseas. Many people who have ordered or received products from the Dublin Store, either in the U.S. or overseas have come to visit the store, which is located at 18372 Hoxeyville Road, south of Wellston and about a mile north of the county line between Manistee and Lake counties. Among those visitors have been members of Manistee’s B Troop unit of the Army National Guard who received packages of the store’s jerky while being deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Indian Summer Co-op 3958 W. Chauvez Rd. #1 Ludington, MI 231-845-6248 Applesauce, Apple Juice, Apple Cider, Cherry Juice KandyLand Dairy & Creamery 117 W Meisenheimer Rd Scottville, MI 49454 231-578-5339 Pasteurized Goat Milk, bottled yogurt and artisan goat cheeses like feta and chèvre are produced on the farm with plans to include cow milk and cheese in the future. Also, there’s a goat yoga class. Lewis Farms and Petting Zoo 4180 West M-20 New Era, MI 49446 231-861-5730 Home grown produce, fruit orchards, a market with gifts and goodies, bakery, petting zoo, corn maze, campfire parties, pedal cars, giant jumping pillows, pumpkin patch, so much more! Orchard Market 212 S. Pere Marquette Hwy., Ludington 231-843-4603 8400 N. US 31, Freesoil 231-464-5534 Farm fresh produce, butter cream fudge, jams & jellies, homemade pies & donuts, seasonal plants

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Indian Summer Co-op

Living in a world full of fruit

By Mitch Galloway Daily News Staff Writer

Indian Summer Cooperative and Michigan Food Processors are living in a world full of fruit. And that’s good news. Founded by a group of area farmers, Indian Summer Cooperative, 3958 W. Chauvez Road, creates apple juice and other products for markets all over the world using apples from across the USA. “It is a place where growers of the community can bring their fruit,” said David Hackert, vice president of Indian Summer. “We have growers who are members of the two plants, and growers who are non-members from throughout Michigan.” Right now, Indian Summer and Michigan Food Processors are in the middle of cherry and apple seasons. “We have been working on everyday business — apple juice and apple products, blended juices, while Michigan Foods is processing and pitting the Montmorency tart cherries and dark sweet cherries right now and freezing them in IQF — a 5-plus-1 pack which is 25 pounds of cherries and 5 pounds of sugar for bakeries and customers who need it,” Hackert said. As for how to keep evolving as a business, Hackert said Indian Summer is always looking for ways to improve and get involved. “There are a variety of things cherries and apples go into,” Hackert said. “The Cherry Marketing Institute along with the Cherry Industry Administrative Board have been working hard with researchers and advertisement groups to get the word out that the Montmorency tart cherries are full of health benefits.”

The Montmorency tart cherries are abundant in anthocyanins, Hackert said. For more information on the health benefits, go to www. “We are staying busy, and we are always looking for new markets to get involved with,” Hackert said. The fruit processing plant was started around 1960 by five farmers — Willy VanNortwick, Elwin Olmstead, Art Lister Sr., Don Harmon and Roy Hackert. Once known as Mason County Cold Storage, which processed mainly cherries, the business was later sold to Morgan McCool. “In 1975, we started with apples when Duffy Mott left Michigan,” President Roy Hackert told the Daily News in 2011. The Mott’s apple juice magnate moved to Connecticut and left behind a facility in Paw Paw. The business that is now Indian Summer Cooperative purchased the equipment. About 16 years ago, the cooperative began using plastic bottles, which made shipping less costly as the containers are lighter in weight.



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West Shore Market

Local in-season produce and more... By Brooke Kansier Daily News Staff Writer

With dozens of spices, more than 50 types of cheese and like-mom-used-to-make baked treats, West Shore Market is a satisfying one-stop shop. The store, on U.S. 10 just west of Scottville, specializes in local produce, cheeses and milk and baked goods, which are made on-site by sisters Rebecca and Louella Hershberger and other workers. Local , in-season produce from area farms is another offering. “Right now we have cherries, and later we’ll have peaches, apples, sweet corn,” Rebecca said. “And milks and cheeses. We have over 50 kinds of cheese. That’s our hot seller right now.”

The best sellers, she added, are swiss, mild cheddar and colby blends. West Shore Market has two types of cheese on special each month. The store also carries dayto-day staples and locally produced maple syrup from the Kasza Sugar Bush, and local honey from Scottville beekeeper Ed Malkowski, and a bulk section of flours, spices and other ingredients. “We have over 50 types of spices,” Rebecca said. The store’s locally famous baked goods can be found in other local shops, including Biercamp Market and Grassa Farm Market, and the sisters offer the treats for sale at the Friday Ludington Farmers Market on James Street as well, which runs from 3 to 7 p.m.

The market also makes its own banana bread and some mixes. West Shore Market is owned by the sisters’ parents, Rachel and Ivan Hershberger. “October will be four years (since we opened the doors),” Rebecca said. For year five, the family hopes to have a new look. “We actually want to rebuild next spring, and be in a new building across the street,” Rebecca said. Since West Shore Market is renting its space right now, the hope is to have a store the family can own, with more, custom space. One thing’s for sure — with great local offerings and improvements on the horizon, West Shore Market is the place to be. (231) 843-1122 x307


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Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo

Petting zoo, corn maze, family fun By Kevin Braciszeski Daily News Staff Writer

NEW ERA — The fall is again shaping up to be another fun season at Lewis Farms and Petting Zoo. One of the big draws in autumn is the six-acre corn maze, which is scheduled to open on Sept. 2. “This year, we’re featuring a Pure Michigan logo and a lighthouse corn maze design. It’s really fun,” said Lynsey Marcellus, who is Lewis Farms and Petting Zoo’s marketing director. The Apple Express will again be ready to take guests on a special fall tour where they may encounter witches, fairies, and other forest friends in the enchanted forest. Lewis Farms and Petting Zoo takes pride in growing fruit, fun and memories. It is located on M-20 just east of U.S. 31 in New Era. For people who are there for the day, or just a few hours, there are activities that will keep them and their families entertained. There are wagon rides, jumping pillows, pedal carts, school tours, gem mining, a pumpkin moonwalk bounce house and more. Lewis Farms and Petting Zoo also hosts dog shows on weekends and has pig races, face painting, musicians, a pumpkin chucker and apple cannons. A big draw at Lewis Farms and Petting Zoo is its petting zoo. There are many different animals in the petting zoo including goats, donkeys, chickens, rabbits, peacocks, wallabies, llamas, minihorses, fallow deer, Jeffrey the

Camel, and new this year lemurs. Other additions this year are campfire and bonfire parties at Lewis Farm Market. The fire parties are offered through Oct. 31. At Lewis Farms and Petting Zoo, visitors can browse the gift shop, purchase bakery treats, visit the U-pick pumpkin patch or make their favorite apple dishes with the farm’s fresh apples. Lewis Farms and Petting Zoo opens in May each year and the season runs through Oct. 31.

Above is Lewis Farms lighthouse themed Pure Michigan corn maze, 6-acres of family fun scheduled to open on Sept. 2.

Picking apples, a favorite at Lewis Farm each year. Courtesy photos

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Gourmet Mushroom

Mushrooms - 365 days of harvest By Mitch Galloway Daily News Staff Writer

Twenty-thousand pounds of mushrooms are grown a week at Gourmet Mushrooms, 506 E. State St. in Scottville. Currently, there are 75 employees at the two plants divided into a north building, where production is done, and a south building, where mushrooms are grown, harvested and packaged. The buildings house incubator and growth rooms, and each room is 110 feet by 25 feet wide with 12-foot ceilings. Gourmet Mushroom has been in Scottville since 2013, and it plans to be a part of the community for years to come. “We do support a lot of different areas of the community,” said Pamela Scharich, account manager and logistics coordinator. “We have donated gift baskets to Mason County Central Schools and also donated to the Mason County Eastern sports boosters. “We work with local food banks such as Meals On Wheels through the Manistee Senior Center, we have donated to the Iron Works Café, and we donate to Feeding America West Michigan division, which serves 40 of Michigan’s 83 counties through the U.P. and L.P. “I have received thank-you letters from people who were able to receive our fresh mushrooms from their food trucks, thanking GMI for the generous donation,” Scharich added. “Hearing that kind of wonderful feedback gives us all a feeling of big-heartedness about

the company we work for and what we do for our communities. This program helps to deliver fresh product, and people are thankful for that.”

ABOUT THE COMPANY Gourmet Mushrooms is under the Mycopia Specialty Mushrooms brand, where they grow Alba Clamshell, Brown Clamshell, Trumpet Royale, Forest Nameko, Velvet Pioppini, Nebrodini Bianco and Maitake Frondosa. The mushrooms are organically grown, organic and kosher-certi-

fied in Scottville and sold locally at Biercamp Market, Hansen Foods, Big Hart Brewery, which serves a dish with their mushrooms on it, and M-37 Meatshack. They are grown, harvested and packaged by employees. General Manager Gary Mills said more than a pound of Maitake Frondosa grows on blocks, compared to 4 to 7 pounds when mushrooms grow in jars or bottles. In Scottville, Gourmet Mushrooms has 8,000 blocks per room. The mushrooms are sold

everywhere — independent grocers, restaurants, specialty foods stores — and are harvested 365 days a year.

WEEKLY MUSHROOM SALE Every Friday, Gourmet Mushrooms has a mushroom sale 12:30 to 3 p.m., 101 S. Bean Road, Scottville. For more information about Gourmet Mushrooms, visit (231) 843-1122 x348

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Rennhack Orchards Market

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Four generations of family farming HART — True love brought Dave and Joann Rennhack together as Michigan State University students in 1975, but it wasn’t until the summer after their marriage in 1977 that they made the decision to become the third generation owners of Joann’s family farm in Oceana County. In 1984, Dave and Joann started selling some of their farm-grown cherries at a small stand where Rennhack Orchards Market is now. A dozen years ago, they built the current — and much larger — market at 3731 W. Polk Road in Hart. Over the years, they expanded their offerings to include not only their own fresh produce in season, but also fresh locally made baked goods, local Country Dairy milk, cheese and ice cream, an extensive line of pantry items including jams, no-sugaradded spreads, grilling sauces, salad dressings, maple syrup and honey, and an assortment of useful and unique gifts and gift baskets. Rennhack Orchards — their family farm, now with their son-in-law as the fourth generation farmer — supplies nearly all of the fresh produce sold at the market. “This really separates us from most farm markets,” Dave said. “We grow our own tree fruits — more than two dozen varieties of apples, including SweeTango, Honeycrisp and EverCrisp, and several varieties each of apricots, peaches, plums, peaches and nectarines. We also grow our own sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, melons, summer & winter squash, eggplant, and pumpkins. Growing it ourselves helps us maintain the high quality that we are known for.” Customers can “try before they

buy,” with a sample shelf of fresh produce just inside the front door. Joann says the customers appreciate the reliably high quality of the produce. “The comment we hear most often from our summer customers is, ‘Your sweet corn is the best,” Joann said. “We specialize in our own produce, and locally grown and made food and gift items. “To us, ‘local’ means you can bicycle to it. We keep things as local as we can, while providing good quality and selection to our customers.” Rennhack Orchards Market participates in several programs that help families with limited re-

sources gain better access to fresh fruits and vegetables, including Project Fresh, Senior Market Fresh and Double Up Food Bucks. “Double Up Food Bucks is an amazing program that is funded by the Fair Food Network, a nationwide nonprofit based in Ann Arbor,” Joann said. “If someone has a Michigan Bridge Card (food stamps/SNAP), they can sign up at our counter for Double Up Food Bucks before they shop. Then, when they buy any food at our market with their Bridge card, they automatically get that same value in Double Up bucks, which can be spent that day or later on for fresh fruits and vegetables — up to $20 a day.”

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Orchard Market

Gearing up for family events this fall By Kevin Braciszeski Daily News Staff Writer

FREE SOIL — Orchard Market will again be a fall destination for local families this year. The Free Soil location will again have a corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, games, wagon rides and more to draw families in September and through Halloween. Orchard Market has been a family business since 1960 when Ed and Julia Malkowski began growing products on their farm. The market still grows its own strawberries, tart cherries, sweet corn, cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkins, squash, cabbage, peaches, pickles, green beans, zucchini and 10 varieties of apples. Other items are supplied by local growers and Orchard Market customers can find local, fresh-fromthe-farm produce there which is very nutritious due to its speed from the farm to the table. The Free Soil store, which is located on U.S. 31 at Free Soil Road, also has a bakery and deli. Orchard Market also has another store in Ludington, located on Pere Marquette Highway just south of the U.S. 10 intersection. That store was added in 1986. The bakery makes many popular products including homemade pies, fruit strudels and granolas that are available daily at both stores. Meats and cheeses are also popular at Orchard Market’s deli. Homemade butter cream fudge is another popular item at Orchard Market and the business makes 25 varieties with seasonal flavors available. In addition to the bakery items,

fresh produce and fudge, Orchard Market has a selection of jams, jellies, sugar-free preserves, salsas, barbecue sauces, mustards and pickled products. Bob and Teresa Malkowski ran the business for many years and now their son, Kyle Malkowski, and sonin-law Bill Sturgeon are more involved in running the stores. “We were hit by frost in the spring, but we still have an adequate supply of produce for the stores,” Sturgeon said about this year’s weather. “And our fall activities went over well last year so we’re looking forward to that,” he said about autumn’s approach.

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KandyLand Dairy & Creamery

Growing by leaps and bounds By Riley Kelley Daily News Staff Writer

SCOTTVILLE — It’s been quite a year for KandyLand Dairy & Creamery. Since winning $50,000 at the Momentum Business Competition in 2016, the Scottville goat dairy farm has expanded operations and broadened its customer base in ways owner Kandy Potter once thought impossible. “It’s opened up a lot of new doors for us — avenues that we hadn’t given a lot of thought to,” Potter said. Prior to the competition, Potter and fiancé Steve Volkers were renting the pasteurizer for their famous chèvre and feta cheeses at the Starting Block kitchen in Hart, often sleeping in their truck as their products were pasteurized over night. With the money from their Momentum win, they were able to start handling creamery operations in-house, saving the couple a 20-minute drive and allowing them to sleep in their own beds, waking up in the morning to fresh products. “The money allowed us to build that creamery, which is just amazing. We put a lot of time and a lot of thought into building it, and it’s bigger and better than what we anticipated,” Potter said. KandyLand has also added a bottling line and 24-valve bottle-filler for the grade-A natural pasteurized goat milk and drinkable goat’s milk yogurt that will soon be available for $3.50 a pint and $6 a quart. The bottle-filler will also come in handy for other upcoming endeavors, as KandyLand continues to expand beyond its offerings beyond the artisan goat cheeses. “We are expanding into the field of

bottling some cow milk… and we’re looking into doing cow yogurt in addition to goat yogurt,” Potter said. KandyLand has partnered with area markets and restaurants like the Fillmore and Iron Works Café in Manistee, Ludington’s Blu Moon Bistro, Creation Market in Beulah, Up North Farm Market in Pentwater, and, recently, Little Red Organics in Free Soil. The increased availability of products and addition of the creamery have created a massive following for the business, inspiring Potter to establish a social media presence that is thriving on Facebook and Instagram. “The Facebook page and Instagram page have followers from all over the country and the world,” she said. “It just seems like the following just spread like wildfire. We get 50 to 100 more likes each week.” These followers are still lining up at farmers markets and local businesses like Biercamp Market to buy the chèvre and feta cheeses that initially created a buzz for the business, but Potter says customers are eagerly anticipating the rollout of the bottled milk and yogurt. “Every week, at every farmers mar-

ket and store we go to they’re anxious about the bottled milk… we should be rocking that out within the next few weeks.” In addition to everything else, KandyLand has also become home to a thriving goat yoga class, offered on Wednesdays at Potter’s 117 W. Meisenheimer Road farm in Scottville. The summer heat has been a bit too intense for humans and goats alike in recent weeks, but Potter says the classes will be making a comeback in the fall. “We’re still doing the goat yoga — it’s just been so hot,” she said. “We plan on picking back up in the cooler months of September and October.” With the help of the Momentum Business Competition grant money

and the dedication of a loyal customer base in Scottville, Ludington, Hart and Pentwater, the operation that started nearly ten years ago with three rescue goats has grown into one of the area’s most sought-after locations for dairy products. “It’s really exciting,” Potter said. “It’s been a rollercoaster.” For more information, visit the KandyLand Dairy & Creamery Facebook page at Follow KandyLand on Instagram at www. Kandy Potter can be reached via email at (231) 843-1122 x 309

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Country View Bakery

Natural grass-fed beef available By Colton Mokofsky Daily news staff writer

Business is booming for Country View Bakery, which has had to stop a new endeavor to keep up with the original business plan. Last year, the bakery created a lunch menu that included fresh burgers and pizza, but so many are craving the sweet treats the bakery is creating, there just isn’t time to do it all. “We got so busy with the bakery that we didn’t have time to do burgers (and other lunch items),” said Katheryn Lambright, co-owner of Country View Bakery. “We now have doughnuts again

on Saturdays.” Baked goods are hot-ticket items, with blueberry muffins and the bakery’s famous giant cinnamon roll among the biggest hits. “We also have a new carrot cake … it’s a lot more moist and has a

lot of carrots, pineapple, walnuts, coconuts — good stuff in it,” she said. Along with a few new items in the already successful bakery, natural, grass-fed beef is now be available. “My brother-in-law raises it and we are doing grass-fed beef,” Lambright said. “Pork, lamb, and goat, we can get that, too. It’s frozen. A lot of people like the natural, no preservatives.” They hope to make that meat, along with Sanders Meats, a permanent part of the store. “We’re hoping to keep it stocked,” she said. Business is so good, the bakery will also have a new location com-

ing this fall. “We will be moving this fall. Our lease is up in October or November, but we are buying the building that Michigan Works! is in right now,” she said. “We’re buying it instead of leasing (which will give us a permanent space.)” Lambright said she was excited to find a new building as a way to give permanency to Country View Bakery. Country View Bakery, currently at 4550 W. U.S. 10, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This fall, the bakery will be located at 5722 W. U.S. 10. 843-1122 x326

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