Thirty years ago it was a tough task to build a tasty collection of American artisan foods, let alone one strictly from around the Great Lakes.
Times have changed. Today there’s such a bounty the tables have turned. The difficult job is not finding enough foods: it's editing the selection.
Here are seven delectables that I think represent some of the ingenuity and resources of artisan food makers from our region.
We stuff our cartooned gift box with Peanut Butter from Koeze in Grand Rapids, Michigan, American Spoon Red Haven Peach Preserves from Petoskey, Michigan, a bag of Zingerman's whole bean High Flyer Coffee, Mo’s Bacon Chocolate bar from Vosges in Chicago, Marieke Gouda from Thorp, Wisconsin, Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon from Wittenberg, Wisconsin and our Cinnamon Raisin Bread.
"The huge box full of goodies -- that amazing raisin bread, bacon, Gouda, peanut butter, jam, coffee, and chocolate in that fun, colorful box filled with pleated brown wrapping shards -- was without a doubt the best gift we have ever received (and we are OLD. We graduated from Michigan 50 years ago.)"
Mary Jane, Washington, D.C.
There's been a small change we want to let you know about.
The recipe for Great Lakes Artisan Gift Box has changed:
We temporarily ran out of
American Spoon Red Haven Peach Preserves
so we've included
American Spoon Sour Cherries in Syrup.