Twenty 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, Strawberry and Pepper Jam from Farrell Fruit in Ann Arbor, Freshly Roasted Zingerman's Coffee, Mo’s Bacon Chocolate bar from Vosges in Chicago, Marieke Gouda from Thorp, Wisconsin, Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon from Wisconsin and our Pecan Raisin Bread.
"Your food basket got my boyfriend's mom to tell me she loves me for the first time- it doesn't get any better than that!"
Darcy R., Ann Arbor, MI