I love October. It is stunningly beautiful in these parts and I get to wear Fall clothes! Fall soccer with my son, color tours, apple orchards and donuts. This month we have the Devil's Dive Half Marathon, the Leland Fiber Festival, the National Writers Series: David Maraniss, Traverse the City: A Scavenger Hunt, the Holiday Art Fair, loads of football, lots of leaves and maybe even a swim? Enjoy!

Autumn Berry Wild Harvest Preserves 
This unique fruit preserve is a one of a kind. Known to possess up to 17 times the amount of lycopene by volume of an average tomato, this delightful preserve exhibits a flavorful balance of sweet and tart.
                                     25% OFF FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER

Traverse Gourmet has ceased business. To purchase, please call 888-935-2748 or email                                                                

Grilled Portobellos with Autumn Berry Drizzle 

This one actually comes from Timothy! This ruby red sauce will perk up your side dishes or add a flavorful touch to your entrees. For real try this drizzle over grilled 'shrooms or meat (great with turkey) then sprinkle with some locally-made cheese crumbles and serve next to salad greens and a glass of your favorite wine or cider.

  • 1 jar Autumn Berry Preserves
  • ⅓ cup of red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup of fresh diced onion
  • 1 tsp of cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp of dried thyme
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  1. Sauté onions in olive oil until soft.
  2. Add salt, pepper, and thyme.
  3. Pour in red wine vinegar.
  4. Add preserves and stir until well combined.
  5. Simmer on low.
  6. Serve over grilled portobella mushrooms with bleu cheese crumbles and pecan pieces.


FFT Part of Zingerman's Tour

On Sunday, Sept. 25, Food For Thought took part in the Grand Traverse Bay regional food tour put on by Zingerman's of Ann Arbor. The 21 participants came to Food For Thought to enjoy a tour of the farm, foraging for wild leeks, a pickling demonstration and interesting discussions with FFT founder and president, Timothy Young. Oh yeah- and they enjoyed some delicious food as well! Guests began the morning with a slice of Blueberry Lavender Swirled Coffeecake, and later enjoyed a brunch prepared by Timothy's friend, Chef Guillaume Hazael-Massiuex of La Becasse and Bistro FouFou. He prepared a "Breakfast Napoleon" which was a layered dish of bacon, whipped potatoes, diced fried potatoes, ham, and a poached egg, all topped with hollandaise sauce. Served with brioche, several FFT preserves were tasted on the side as well, including the day's best seller, Blueberry Lavender preserves.The 3-day food tour included 15 locations - breweries, food companies, wineries, farms, and markets that showcased Northern Michigan's bounty of artisanal and small batch food and drink. 
On October 5, 1969, this ground-breaking series televised its first episode. What was it? 
The first person to answer correctly on our Facebook page will receive a jar of our Wild Harvested Autumn Berry Preserves. 

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

 When was the last time you were in Detroit? Have you ever been to Detroit? No, Oakland County doesn't count.
Growing out of a grassroots nonprofit in 2006, then joining forces with D:hive in 2012, DXF is now an independent program of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. It has become a leading resource for both visitors and existing Detroiters to discover and experience the city.

 The Detroit Experience Factory uses interactive experiences and innovative resources to help newcomers and locals alike get more connected to the people, places and projects in Detroit. It operates Detroit's community based Welcome Center and has taken over 70,000 people on experiential tours of Detroit since it launched in 2006.

Check it out here 
Harvest at the Commons

This is one of my favorite events of the year. Put on by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, Harvest at the Commons is a community gathering with fabulous local food and fantastic music. Enjoy a local farm-to-table feast, bid on homemade pies baked by community champions, and dust off your dancing shoes for The Crane Wives! This community celebration takes place at Grand Traverse Commons on October 8 and starts at 5pm.

 Get your tickets here 
Who doesn't love a beautifully-shot, historical fiction show from Masterpiece Theater? If you don't, move along. If you do, this is definitely one to check out. Based on the novels by Winston Graham, it is 1783 and Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ruins: his father dead, the family mine long since closed, his house wrecked and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin. But Ross finds that hope and love can be found when you are least expecting it. 

Season 2 is currently on PBS Masterpiece. Season 1 is on Netflix and Amazon 

Check Air Pressure in Your Tires  
Check the air pressure in your tires. Boring, but helpful. This may not seem like something that will help with your sustainability efforts, but it is. Cooler temperatures can lower tire pressure, which actually lowers fuel efficiency. When your tires are low, you will have to get gas more frequently, which is not sustainable.




In this affectionate-and often surprising-portrait of Detroit in 1963, Once in a Great City introduces the reader to the giants of a city at its zenith. There were the Motown singers and automakers, civil rights activists and politicians, gangsters and police. Before corruption and stagnation, before race riots and white flight, the Motor City was a city of huge promise. Henry Ford II had just built the Mustang, Berry Gordy Jr.'s Motown was changing the sound of America, and Detroit's civil rights and labor movements had scored unprecedented victories for equality.
Once in a Great City is a mesmerizing telling of this era: of race and labor; of music and politics; of the forces that built an American city. Maraniss also foreshadows the flaws that would bring the city down, and the dark echoes that would resonate after its fall.

David Maraniss is the featured author at the City Opera House on October 27 as a part of the National Writers Series.  

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

"October is nature's funeral month. Nature glories in death more than in life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming - October than May. Every green thing loves to die in bright colors."

~ Henry Ward Beecher  

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