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Cheboygan Foodways: Fast Facts

Whitefish & Fishing
Commercial fishing of Whitefish along the Straits of Mackinac is a major industry. In 2005, more than one million pounds of whitefish were harvested in the Mackinac Straits area of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. In the area near St. Ignace, west of the Mackinac Bridge and stretching east to Marquette Island in the Les Cheneaux Islands and south to Cheboygan, 400,000 pounds of whitefish were harvested in 2005.
The value of the local fishery in 2005 was estimated at $2.2 million. When whitefish conditions were at their peak in the early 1990s, the local fishery brought an estimated $7.65 million into the community's economy.  

Maple Syrup
For 50 years, Cheboygan's Lowell Beethem has been in the syrup business. He and his family have an operation which consists of a 5x14 wood-fired pan with approximately 1600 trees. Beetham's production is small, in part due to the smaller-sized trees on his property. The operation produces approximately 250 gallons of syrup per year. The produce is sold out of the family home, local farmers’ market and several roadside stands. Beethem also produces and sells maple candy.

Native Americans in the area have been harvesting maple syrup in the area for hundreds of years.

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Events

Aug. 31 - Oct. 14, 2007
Key Ingredients Michigan Foodways. Cheboygan Area Public Library, Cheboygan.

October 8, 2007
7:00 p.m. Monday Night Lecture Series: Mackinac Island Fudge. Room A, Cheboygan Area Public Library Center for Public Programs, Cheboygan.

October 10, 2007
3:45-5:00 p.m. Cooking with “Grandma”: Cookies (5-14 yr olds). Registration Required. Room A, Cheboygan Area Public Library Center for Public Programs, Cheboygan.

October 13, 2007
10:00 a.m.-3 p.m. Cheboygan Food Tour. Registration Required. Begins at Cheboygan Area Public Library, Cheboygan.

October 14, 2007
1:00 p.m. Closing Celebration: Community Potluck. Cheboygan Area Public Library , Cheboygan.

Host Site: Cheboygan District Library

Lisa Craig Brisson
Cheboygan Area Public Library
100 S. Bailey St.
Cheboygan, MI 49721
Phone: 231.627.2381
email: brisson97@sbcglobal.net

Cheboygan Recipe: Cranberry Apple Pie

Profiles (more profiles)

Hack Ma Tack Inn & Restaurant

Hack Ma Tack

The Boathouse Restaurant

The Boathouse

 

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