I love the Olympics. And the Summer Olympics are my favorite because they include my favorite sport, tennis. VAMOS, RAFA! But back to N. Michigan...have you been in Lake Michigan this summer? It's superb! This month we have the Microbrew and Music Festival, the Suttons Bay Art Festival, the Port Oneida Fair, the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, and a highlight of every summer: the Northport Dog Parade. Truly. If you have never been, it's a must. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Organic Tart Cherry Juice Jelly 

BRAND NEW! Our Tart Cherry Juice Jelly uses juice from organic cherries that are left on the tree until ripe. This juice, pressed with cherry pits, results in a full-flavored cherry jelly that is fresh and tart.  The cherries for our juice come from Northport's Garthe Farms - one of the first fruit farms in Leelanau County. They actually had a farm-to-table restaurant on the farm over 80 years ago.  The cherries are then pressed at Northern Naturals, a local organic hard cider facility in Kaleva.
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Cherry Juice Jelly Vinaigrette 

This month's recipe comes from Beverly Sisco, long-time FFT staff member and one of my favorite people!

1 jar FFT Organic Tart Cherry Juice Jelly 
1/2 cup Red Pepper Seasoned Rice Vinegar 
1/8 cup Organic Olive Oil 
Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

Combine the olive oil, rice vinegar and cherry jelly in the container of a blender. Add additional pepper flakes as desired for extra heat. Process until smooth. Store in a jar in the refrigerator.


FFT at Eastern Market Detroit

Since it began in the 1800s, Eastern Market has gradually become a cornerstone, nourishing its residents by providing fresh and nutritious food throughout Southeastern Michigan. There is so much to see and do!

Their mission is to strengthen the district as the most inclusive, resilient and robust regional food hub in the US, fortify the food sector as a pillar of regional economic growth, and improve access to healthy, green, affordable and fair food choices in Detroit and throughout Southeast Michigan.

Timothy, the kids and I will be there THIS SATURDAY August 6. Please stop by if you can and check us out!

Click here for more information

On August 1, 1980 the first democratically-elected female head of state became president of what country? And what is her name? 
The first person to answer correctly on our Facebook page will receive a jar of our Organic Tart Cherry Juice Jelly. 

If you have recently won, please give someone else a chance! 
Smarty Pins

 OMG. I just discovered this and I am hooked. Two of my favorite things (aside from tennis) are geography and trivia. This combines them! This is a Google Maps-based trivia game. See how well you know the world - answer questions and pin point the geographical location correctly. The closer you pin to the actual location, the better! Try it here.

Mama Lu's Taco Shop

There are few things I like more, food-wise, than tacos. I could seriously eat them every day. New to downtown TC, Mama Lu's is delicious!!  Executive Chef John Larson's menu is driven by authentic Mexican street food grounded in a fresh 'made to order' tortilla. You really cannot go wrong with anything you order, but be sure to try the street corn. You're welcome.  
Click here to check out the menu!  
Better Call Saul 
Did you watch Breaking Bad? Did you love Saul? This is the show for you. In a prequel to BB, Bob Odenkirk is Jimmy McGill (his real name before becoming Saul), a small time lawyer and former scam artist who becomes involved in the criminal world. Odenkirk is fantastic. You find yourself kind of rooting for this guy even though he is pretty much a scumbag. I can't wait for season 2!

Season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix. Season 2 will be out soon on AMC

It's Hot!  
Don't add to the heat inside. Try doing chores that use heat generating appliances, like doing laundry, using the dishwasher, or the stove, in the early mornings or evenings when it's cooler outside. When possible use alternatives like cooking outside on the grill or using the toaster oven instead of the stove-top oven. Hang wet clothes on a clothesline instead of using the dryer. Computers can also generate a lot of heat if left running. Be sure to turn them off whenever they are not being used. 
Courtesy The Cleaning Authority 

THE BACKYARD ORCHARDIST: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden ~ Stella Otto

 For every gardener desiring to add apples, pears, cherries, and other tree fruit to their landscape here are hints and solid information from a professional horticulturist and experienced fruit grower. The Backyard Orchardist includes help on selecting the best fruit trees and information about each stage of growth and development, along with tips on harvest and storage of the fruit. Those with limited space will learn about growing dwarf fruit trees in containers.

Appendices include a fruit-growers monthly calendar, a trouble-shooting guide for reviving ailing trees, and a resource list of nurseries selling fruit trees.

Updated and Expanded Edition just released! 

Horizon Books , Brilliant Books , the Cottage Book Store or your local book seller can get this book for you!

"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby  

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