Posted by: Kath Usitalo | July 5, 2010

Cherry Strudel For Supper

Scoop up fresh fruits and veggies, baked goods and more at Cherry Point

Travel wreaks havoc with my eating schedule, but I guess it’s okay to have cherry strudel for supper once in a while. Especially when it’s as delicious as the specialty baked at Cherry Point Farm & Market near Shelby.

I couldn’t resist stopping at the white house with red shutters on Scenic Drive (B 15), a mile and a half south of Silver Lake near the Lake Michigan shore. Part roadside produce stand, part bakery and market, part cafe, Cherry Point is all charm. It reminded me of something from a 1950s movie. For good reason: Four generations of the Bull family have operated it for over 50 years.

Now, in addition to fresh produce, Cherry Point stocks jams, jellies, souvenirs and fresh baked bread, cherry pie, cherry turnovers and that melt-in-our-mouth strudel.

On Fridays and Saturdays (and some Wednesdays) folk gather at Cherry Point for a traditional Great Lakes fish boil. The outdoor feast focuses on the boil master at the cauldron cooking red potatoes, onions and Lake Superior whitefish; kids love the dramatic “boil-over” that sends flames and smoke into the air when the meal is ready. The $17.95 price includes Cole slaw and garlic bread, plus cherry pie and ice cream. Reservations are required for the popular event; phone 231-861-2029.

Everyone is welcome to visit Cherry Point’s extensive and beautifully designed herb garden, and to walk the labyrinth, a giant spiral path through lavender plants. (Saturday, July 17 is Lavender Day at Cherry Point.)

I bought some loose lavender, laced it in a small fabric bag, and set it on the dash of the Splattered Van for some aromatherapy while driving the highways and byways of the Great Lakes State, searching for the next good reason to foil my diet.

Visitor Info Click: Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area

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