Many people in my neck of the woods complain about November: it's dark, rainy, cold and dismal. The Wuthering Heights lover in me loves it for those reasons. It's a time to get cozy and perhaps take a breather after our crazy summer/fall. This month we have the National Writers Series: Kyle Mills, the Iceman Cometh bicycle race, Toast the Season, A Conversation with Dean Strang, the Traverse City Children's Book Festival, and my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving!! Thank you for supporting us these last 21 years.

Organic/Fair Trade Blueberry Lavender Preserves 
These organic blueberries come from the farm of John VanVoorhees and Joan Donaldson. We combine those with lavender flowers from our gardens and... well you've just got to taste it to believe it.

 To purchase, please call 888-935-2748 or email                                                                

Blueberry Lavender Swirled Coffee Cake 

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (Organic preferred-unbleached)
  • ½ cup sugar (Organic Sucanat instead of sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder (Organic)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (Organic)
  • 1 tablespoon micro-planed lemon zest (Organic)
  • ⅓ cup butter (5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon) (Organic and/or local)
  • 1 egg, beaten (organic and /or local)
  • ¾ cup milk (Shetler's)
  • 1 cup Organic Blueberry Lavender Preserves
  • Topping: ⅔ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed or Sucanat (Organic)
  • Topping: 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (Organic)
  • Topping: 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (Organic)
  • Topping: ½ cup chopped walnuts, pecans or pistachios (Organic)
  1. Into a medium bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Cut in butter with pastry blender or food processor to make a fine crumbly mixture.
  3. Add egg, lemon zest and milk; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  4. Spoon the batter into a generously buttered 9-inch square pan and spoon preserves over the batter.
  5. Next you then swirl the preserves through the batter with a knife to incorporate. Mix topping ingredients with fork, fingers, or food processor until crumbly and sprinkle evenly over batter.
  6. Bake at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes, until done.
  7. Cut into squares and serve while still warm.

Courtesy Chef Perry Harmon


Exciting News Coming Soon!

Stay tuned for a major announcement coming soon!

     FFT Part of Making it in Michigan
   FFT will once again be at the Making it in Michigan conference at the Lansing Center on November 16 from 7:30-4 PM. This year's theme will be "Taste the Future" and keynote speakers are Mike and Denise Busley, founders of Grand Traverse Pie Company. Over 200 vendors will be sampling Michigan-made products at the trade show. 
More information and conference registration is available at . Those interested in attending can also call Trina Trefil at 517-353-7185 or send an email to .


On November 5, 1904, the first stadium specifically for football was built. Where was it?  
The first person to answer correctly on our Facebook page will receive a jar of our Organic Blueberry Lavender Preserves. 

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

 This is one of the most amazing websites I've seen in a while. Have you ever wondered how climate change and human evolution has changed the world over the past three decades? Well, TIME magazine and Google in collaboration built this amazing Timelapse of Columbia Glaciers, Amazon Forests, Dubai and Las Vegas; captured through three decades of Satellite Photography.  
Fresh Coast Chocolate

  Fresh Coast Chocolate (formerly Just Good Chocolate) has a new cafe and production facility in downtown Traverse City's Warehouse District. Owner Nichole Warner and her team craft chocolate made in small batches with organically-grown cacao and cane sugar from around the world. They source beans from farmers who not only take great pride in growing quality cacao, but who are stewards of the land and working to preserve the tradition of cacao farming for future generations.

The new cafe is at 221 Garland St, TC and you can check them out here.   
My love for the Marvel Cinematic Universe knows no bounds, and this series is excellent. It follows Matt Murdock, attorney by day and vigilante by night. Blinded by an accident as a child, Murdock uses his heightened senses as Daredevil, fighting crime on the streets of New York after the sun goes down. His efforts are not welcomed by powerful businessman Wilson Fisk -- AKA Kingpin -- and others whose interests collide with Daredevil's. Though Murdock's day job suggests a man who believes in the criminal justice system, his alter ego proves otherwise, as he takes the law into his own hands to protect his Hell's Kitchen neighborhood and the surrounding city.

Both Seasons 1 and 2 are currently streaming on Netflix

Go Plant-Based for Thanksgiving 
While it may not be your idea of 'traditional', it's well recognized that a plant-based diet has the least environmental impact.

In fact, the United Nations believes that a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, poverty and the worst impacts of climate change.

While turkey is by no means the worst meat in terms of its carbon footprint, two 3.5oz servings is the equivalent of driving six miles in your car. On the other hand, one cup of broccoli is responsible for only about half a mile of driving.
Think it won't be the same without the meat? Think again!
 Courtesy EarthShare 

JANE STEELE by Lyndsay Faye

Quite frankly I am a bit tired of reading non-fiction at the moment, and this book brings such delight during this trying election season. If you loved
Jane Eyre, this is for you!

"Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked - but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors.
A fugitive navigating London's underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her aunt has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate's true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household's strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him - body, soul and secrets - and what if he discovers her murderous past?"

Courtesy of Goodreads

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

"October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces."

~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  

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