Celebrate the Mitten this Thanksgiving with a hearty Michigan meal. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Turkey: The main dish! Tom Otto’s Turkey Farm in Middleville is estimated to process over 12,000 turkeys this year. Visit them the week before Thanksgiving to get your bird. Another option is to check out Michigan Turkey Producers, a farmer owned cooperative based in Grand Rapids, that produces over 5 million birds per year. You can find their products in most major grocery stores. Finally, don’t forget that you can hunt your own turkey in our great state! It’s too late for this year, but next year consider applying in the summer for your license.
Cherries: While you’re getting your cranberry fix, don’t forget that Michigan is the cherry capital of the world so you can add a little variety to your table. Check out all these Traverse City cherry recipes!
Muffins: Bake something with Jiffy Mix. Located in Chelsea, MI, they’ve got mixes for corn bread, muffins and biscuits!
Honey: Make sure to get Michigan honey for your muffins. Here is a map of all the places to find local honey.
Pie: Get your pies from a famous Michigan company: Achatz. They have it all with varieties like Apple Caramel Nut to Chocolate Cream. Or, you can try your own hand with the Michigan fruits above (make sure you use Jiffy Mix pie crust)!
Ice Cream: If you want a scoop of vanilla on your pie (or a full bowl), the Michigan-style “must haves” include Hudsonville and Guernsey Dairy Farms. Hudsonville has a few limited edition flavors available like Pumpkin Pie and Caramel Apple!
Drinks: Start off the day with a McClure’s Bloody Mary; you can find their mix and pickles in most grocery stores. Then for dinner, move on to some Michigan wine or beer. There are a ton of Michigan wineries that you can visit to get a taste for the bottle you’re looking for. Most stores sell them as well. One of my favorites is Leelanau Cellars’ Witches Brew for the fall season. You can also pick up one of the many beers brewed in the state. For the kids, make sure to grab a bottle of Faygo’s Candy Apple.
There are so many more Michigan products out there, what do you plan on using this Thanksgiving?