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Learn how to pickle and salt-cure your food June 22

Learn how to pickle and salt-cure your food June 22

HOLLAND, Mich.—A pair of chefs will teach two techniques to change and preserve the flavor of fresh market foods during the Eighth Street Farmers Market this Saturday.

On June 22, Piper Restaurant chef de cuisine Matt Kearby and executive chef Keaton Stearns will walk visitors through quick pickling and salt-curing techniques. The demonstrations, sponsored by Local First, will begin at 10 a.m.

The cooking segment is part of the farmers market’s Chef Series, which runs every Saturday morning through September 14.  The demonstrations are free to attend. 

The Eighth Street Farmers Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. through mid-December.  The farmers market is located at 150 West Eighth Street in Downtown Holland. For more information about the market, contact Candy Todd at (616) 355-1138.  

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Grand Rapids is getting another tribute to the men behind Meijer Stores.

On May 8, the Michigan Historical Commission approved a marker to honor Hendrik and Fred Meijer, who in 1962 became the first grocers to combine two popular retail models—discount department stores and supermarkets—into a single store on 28th Street, called “Thrifty Acres.”  The Meijers then took their model to Holland and Muskegon. 

Meijer now has nearly 200 stores across the Midwest, including Kalamazoo, Walker, Wyoming, Jenison, Rockford, Plainfield Township, Forest Hills, Lowell, Grandville, Kentwood, Grand Haven and Greenville, where Hendrik Meijer opened his very first store in the 1930s.

The new historical marker will be added to more than 1,700 green and gold signs found across the state, that chronicle the people, places and events that make Michigan’s heritage unique and unforgettable.  The historical markers are nominated by spons

Enjoy art from Alpacas at Michigan Fiber Fiesta May 11

Enjoy art from Alpacas at Michigan Fiber Fiesta May 11

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Visitors are encouraged to enjoy food, fun and fiber as the Michigan Fiber Fiesta returns to Greenville May 11.

The event will feature the latest yarns, wools and textiles, as well as a spinning cirle, demonstrations and live animals. More than 30 vendors will attend the Michigan Fiber Fiesta, including:

Survey: One summer weekend brings $2.3 million to Holland

Survey: One summer weekend brings $2.3 million to Holland

 

HOLLAND, Mich.—The Holland Area Visitors Bureau is hoping for another successful season of tourism, as Tulip Time approaches.

According to a recent survey by Michigan State University’s Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Research Studies, residents and visitors spent $2.3 million dollars during a three day period last August.

 MSU researchers gathered their information from five events, six locations and many hotels during August 2-4.  The survey found that the most common travel groups were married couples with children, who had a household income of $90,000 or more, with an average age of 49 years.  The top reason for visiting Holland during that period was the beach.  The average visiting party spent $82 on day trips, mostly on food and shopping.

Spartan Stores named one of America's most trustworthy companies

Spartan Stores named one of America's most trustworthy companies

(Spartan Stores) –  Spartan Stores, Inc., a leading regional grocery distributor and retailer, was recently recognized by Forbes Magazine in their annual "America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies" list.  

“We are pleased to receive this distinction by Forbes as one of America’s Most Trustworthy Companies,” stated Dennis Eidson, Spartan’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  “We are committed to being transparent with all of our customers, shareholders, and business partners while continuing to operate the business based on our core principles of honesty and integrity.”

Forbes turned to GMI Ratings, a pioneer in the application of non-traditional risk measures for financial analysis, to identify the most transparent and trustworthy businesses that trade on American exchanges.

Shop bringing Zeeland a taste of the sea celebrates grand opening

Shop bringing Zeeland a taste of the sea celebrates grand opening

ZEELAND, Mich. – Eco Reef is reopening under new ownership.

Iraq War veteran Jeff Smith will celebrate his new business with a grand opening celebration Saturday, April 6. The event will feature sales and promotions from noon to 5 p.m. that day.

The Otsego resident bought the business from Adam and Nick Fernandez.  Adam Fernandez says the sale is great for Zeeland, because Eco Reef will stay right where it is.

 Eco Reef is a saltwater aquarium retail store which offers aquarium installation and maintenance services.  The store’s owners say it features West Michigan’s greatest display of live fish and coral in 2,000 gallons of saltwater.

Eco Reef is located at 56 E. Main Ave. in Zeeland.  For more information about the business, visit Eco Reef’s website.

Cast Your Wednesday Vote and Win Made In Michigan Products!

Cast Your Wednesday Vote and Win Made In Michigan Products!

Join us in celebrating Michigan products with the Made in Michigan Bracket Challenge. Click HERE to download the bracket.

Each day we'll have four matchups, one from each bracket, as we go through some of our great Made in Michigan products.