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Beautiful Video of the Fall Colors in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Andrew Norton

I just love fall here in Michigan. In fact, I came up with a solid list of the five main reasons that it's such a favorite of mine.

  1. Cool, crisp air means sweatshirt weather.
  2. Apple picking (and eating in pie, applesauce, apple crisp, etc.)
  3. Cider season (and my favorite cider donuts from Corey Lake Orchards!)
  4. I feel like making chili, pot roast, and turkey with all the fixings
  5. Last, but not least - The Beautiful Fall Colors

Put on a sweatshirt, grab a glass of cider, and dunk a donut while you watch this beautiful video of the fall colors in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. See if you can spot the locations - Pictured Rocks, Grand Marais, Au Train, and Kingston Lake.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXzP-jY8k2w

Celebrate Pi Day With Our New MI Pie Crate!

Andrew Norton

Now you can celebrate Pi Day (3.14) in style with our new MI (My) Pie Crate. This birch wood crate with lid will hold most 9" pies. The style and flavor is up to you!

We offer two options for the MI Pie Crate. You can get the basic crate with a metal-stamped pie tin for a special price of $25 here.

We also offer a kind of "pie kit" where you get the MI Pie Crate along with nearly everything you need to make a delicious Michigan cherry pie!

Whatever you do, wherever you go, please be sure and celebrate Pi Day with a slice or two of pie. Preferably pie made with Michigan ingredients :).

Everyday $10 Flat Rate Shipping

Andrew Norton

$10 Flat Rate Shipping Like you, we have noticed a significant increase in shipping fees these days when shopping online.

We don't want our customers to experience sticker shock when they see the shipping rates at our store. Also, we want to make our online shopping experience straightforward and having a $10 Flat Rate Shipping charge lets customers quickly calculate their costs. That can't be a bad thing, right?

We had a trial run of $10 Flat Rate Shipping over Cyber Monday last November and it was a huge success. Customers loved it and we did, too.

Our $10 Flat Rate Shipping no longer has a time limit - this is Everyday $10 Flat Rate Shipping. No coupon codes. No limits. No problem.

Have a Wonderful Day!

Why The Great Lakes Are Great

Andrew Norton

I saw the below video shared on social media this week and it did a decent job of summing up why the Great Lakes are so great. Growing up in Michigan, I can remember studying HOMES (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior) back in elementary school geography lessons and how the glaciers formed the Great Lakes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBRcOLcEwF0

It seemed like every year around Michigan Week (does anyone remember Michigan Week?) we would focus on Michigan history and geography which inevitably lead to studying the Great Lakes. I believe it was in the 4th grade when we watched this 1968 film (yes, it was on a film reel!). Funny, how the image of the man in the midst of the polluted waters has stuck with me all these years later.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afs_A_Lz2w4

Just watched this again for the first time in over 30 years and it was a real nostalgic treat. Amidst the schmaltzy music and humor you do get a good overview of how The Great Lakes formed.

Probably around this same time period in elementary school, we also watched this Canadian classic - Paddle to the Sea. The possibility that you could send a little boat down a stream in the woods and it would flow all the way through the Great Lakes to the ocean always intrigued me as a child.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olXmGz4iCxM

Does anyone else remember watching these films back in the day? How about Michigan Week?

J.W. Westcott II - The Only Floating ZIP Code in the United States

Andrew Norton

Have you ever wondered how the ships on the Great Lakes receive mail? Well, wonder no more. The J.W. Westcott II has its own ZIP Code (48222) and has been responsible for (among other things) mail delivery to ships on the Detroit River since 1895.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcGQugU7xiw&t=11s

Here's a short video of a few different deliveries being made. You can see how much skill and coordination is needed to make these transfers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrJh2hU5NMA

The J.W. Westcott II doesn't just deliver the mail. Here they are making a captain delivery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIXyF5BiMlY

Want to learn more about the J.W. Westcott company? Read this New York Times article.

There is also a great little children's book about the J.W. Westcott II, Mail by the Pail (Great Lakes Books Series).