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Whitehall Foodways: Fast Facts

The Whitehall and Oceana County area is among the nation's leading asparagus producing regions.

The New Era Canning Company is one of the nation's largest producers of canned pumpkin. The pumpkin grown in the area is similar to that of a hubbard squash, which can withstand cold winter temperatures through January.

Frozen Foods
Peterson's Farms in nearby Shelby produces 125 million finished pounds of frozen fruits and asparagus in addition to 5 million gallons of single strength apple juice and juice concentrates. 

Migrant Work and Restaurants
The number of migrant farm workers in the Whitehall area has grown in recent years. In the 1950s and 60s, many of the workers worked on pickling farms in Oceana County. Now, many pick produce such as apples, asparagus, beans, blueberries, and celery. Others are experienced in working the food freezing operations in the area, including Peterson's farms. The confluence of migrant workers has led to an increase in the number of Mexican markets and restaurants in the region.

According to MSU Extension, the Whitehall and Oceana County area has many of the characteristics of a successful wine region. It has tourism traffic, proximity to the lake, hilly terrain, and a history of fruit production. The region is included in a 20-year plan to support 10,000 acres of wine grape production and 3 million cases of Michigan-produced wines annually by 2024.

Community Cookbook

The library has produced a community cookbook highlighting local food traditions and ethnicity in West Michigan. The cookbook, Remembered Recipes, Shared Stories ... A Culinary Journey Along the Shoreline, includes 140 recipes and accompanying stories from cooks and bakers from Hart to Holland.

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May 5 - November 22, 2007
Muskegon Farmers Market. Located on Yuba Street. Market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7 am – 4pm.

June - October, 2007
Montague Farmers Market. Located at Water and Church Streets in Montague. Market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 – 12 noon and features an abundance of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Oct. 19 - Dec. 2, 2007
Key Ingredients Michigan Foodways. White Lake Community Library, Whitehall.

Host Site: White Lake Community Library

Bette Carlson
White Lake Community Library
3900 White Lake Drive
Whitehall, MI 49461
Phone: 231-894-9531
email: whikeyingredients [at] llcoop.org

Whitehall Recipe: Asparagus and Red Pepper Tart


Cherry Point Market

Cherry Point Market fish boil

Country Dairy

Country dairy

New Era Canning Co.

New Era Canning Company

Scholl Farms


Tartan Hill Winery

Tartan Hill winery

White Swan Inn

Sweetwater Local Foods Market


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