Brand new this season at Crystal Mountains website (www.crystalmountain.com) is CMTV, a live look at the Crystal Mountain slopes and a weekly video Mountain Report that will air each Wednesday with host Nick Nerbonne. The Mountain Report is only one facet of CMTVs offerings, as CMTV is also slated to feature videos providing skiing and snowboarding tips, recaps of special events, a photo
gallery, and opportunities for snowboarders and freestyle skiers to submit their own videos to sister website www.ridecrystal.coms Fame Page.
Everyone who loves local fruit - including strawberries and those popular honey crisp apples - will be glad to hear that two of the farms that are major producers of the fruit have been forever protected. The Leelanau Conservancy signed agreements in December that will protect 360 acres and three farms. All of the land is within a six-mile radius; one farm has frontage along M-204 near Suttons Bay, and the other two are in nearby East Leland.
Its been a long arduous road, but its truly been an honor working with these growers; these farms tell the story of what is happening in Leelanau County farming today and also are a great start toward protecting the rich agricultural heritage in the M-204, East Leland area, said the Conservancys farmland protection specialist Tom Nelson. They represent a seed that has been planted, and with a lot of hard work, will bear fruit in helping to keep farming alive and retaining our great farm families as an integral part of the fabric that is Leelanau County.
WINTER MEANS FESTIVALS
Its a big festival weekend for those either living in or willing to drive Up North. On January 17-19, head up to Mackinaw City for their Winterfest, which is set to include lots of outdoor games, ice skating, specials at local businesses, and their famous Outhouse
Races. The 8th Annual Bay Harbor Winter Ice Festival takes place January 18-19, and will include ice sculptures, the annual Ice and Spice Chili Cookoff (Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. - taste the chilis for
just $5), costumes, and much more, all in downtown Bay Harbor.
CHARLEVOIX SAYS FAREWELL
Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce President Jacqueline Merta is leaving the Chamber, having submitted her resignation at the very end of 2007. Merta, who is leaving to pursue new ventures, initiated many events that are now popular in Charlevoix, including the Apple Festival, Indoor Sidewalk Sales, Taste of Charlevoix, and the Downtown Farmers Market. Long-time Charlevoix resident Erin Bemis was named as the new Chamber president. In other Charlevoix news, the town also says farewell to quirky, eclectic local favorite C2 Gallery, which closed its doors at the end of last year, but may still continue its web presence at www.c2gallery.net.
Traverse Citys popular local natural foods market Oryana has just launched their own line of organic soy foods products, which theyre calling Oryana Soyworks. Manufactured right at the market, the soy foods are being produced using traditional Japanese methods, with the line so far including dairy-free spreads and salads, hand-rolled vegetarian sushi, and both curried and smoked tofu. The Oryana Soyworks brand is only available at Oryanas Lake Street location for now.
FOOD NETWORK IN HONOR
Honor organic foods company Food for Thought is slated to be on the Food Networks Unwrapped program on Monday, January 14 at 9 p.m. EST. The Unwrapped show goes behind the scenes at various food locales, and Food for Thoughts products were chosen for their distinctive taste and 13-year commitment to organic products; the company uses a local at any cost philosophy in their products. Food for Thoughts appearance on Unwrapped will be part of a special report on cherries (FFTs Cherry Salsa Atento will be the featured product) and their usage in various food lines.