Northern Harvest: Twenty Michigan Women in Food and Farming

Northern Harvest: Twenty Michigan Women in Food and Farming

by Emita Brady Hill
Northern Harvest: Twenty Michigan Women in Food and Farming

Northern Harvest: Twenty Michigan Women in Food and Farming

by Emita Brady Hill


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Northern Harvest: Twenty Michigan Women in Food and Farming looks at the female culinary pioneers who have put northern Michigan on the map for food, drink, and farming. Emita Brady Hill interviews women who share their own stories of becoming the cooks, bakers, chefs, and farmers that they are today—each even sharing a delicious recipe or two. These stories are as important to tracing the gastronomic landscape in America as they are to honoring the history, agriculture, and community of Michigan.

Divided into six sections, Northern Harvest celebrates very different women who converged in an important region of Michigan and helped transform it into the flourishing culinary Eden it is today. Hill speaks with orchardists and farmers about planting their own fruit trees and making the decision to transition their farms over to organic. She hears from growers who have been challenged by the northern climate and have made exclusive use of fair trade products in their business. Readers are introduced to the first-ever cheesemaker in the Leelanau area and a pastry chef who is doing it all from scratch. Readers also get a sneak peek into the origins of Traverse City institutions such as Folgarelli’s Market and Wine Shop and Trattoria Stella. Hill catches up with local cookbook authors and nationally known food writers. She interviews the founder of two historic homesteads that introduce visitors to a way of living many of us only know from history books.

These oral histories allow each woman to tell her story as she chooses, in her own words, with her own emphasis, and her own discretion or indiscretions. Northern Harvest is a celebration of northern Michigan’s rich culinary tradition and the women who made it so. Hungry readers will swallow this book whole.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814347133
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Series: Painted Turtle
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Born in Baltimore and a New Yorker since 1969, Emita Brady Hill has spent her summers in Traverse City since her childhood. She earned her doctorate in romance languages and literatures from Harvard University and in 2019 was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters by Indiana University. Her career as a scholar of the French Enlightenment took her to France, where she discovered French and North African cuisines, an interest that led to her study of the many aspects of food and farming in northern Michigan.

Table of Contents

List of Enterprises xi

Introduction 1

I Two Orchards and a CSA: Becoming Organic

1 Julia Brabenec 9

2 Cheryl Kobernik 21

3 Jenny Tutlis 41

II Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate: Grow with Care, Harvest with Love

4 Angela Macke 57

5 Mimi Wheeler 75

6 Jody Dotson Hayden 89

III Pastry and Cheese: Flour and Fermentation

7 Susi McConnell 103

8 Anne Hoyt 113

IV Chefs and Restaurateurs: Farm to Table

9 Jennifer Blakeslee 125

10 Jennifer Welty 137

11 Martha Ryan 155

12 Amanda Danielson 175

13 Donna Folgarelli 197

V Writers and Teachers: The Joy of Sharing

14 Patty LaNoue Stearns 207

15 Barb Tholin 217

16 Carol Worsley 231

17 Nancy Krcek Alien 249

18 Rose Hollander 267

VI Two Homesteads: Preserve the Past and Celebrate the Future

19 Susan Odom 283

20 Emily Umbarger 301

Acknowledgments 319

Index 321

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