Foodways: Fast Facts
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
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
Americans in the area have been harvesting maple
syrup in the area for hundreds of years.
31 - Oct. 14, 2007
Key Ingredients Michigan Foodways. Cheboygan Area Public
7:00 p.m. Monday Night Lecture Series: Mackinac Island Fudge.
Room A, Cheboygan Area Public Library Center for Public Programs,
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.