Sweetie Apples

I am all about following what’s the latest and greatest in the apple world. There are new varieties coming out all the time. Everyone wants to have the next Honeycrisp. Broetje Orchards in Washington are growing a new apple called the Sweetie. It is distributed by First Fruits Marketing. They also released the Opal apple a few years back. The apple itself originated in New Zealand.

Are Sweetie Apples GMO
No. They were made by crossing a Gala and a Braeburn the old fashion way. As of now they are no commercially available genetically modified apples (read my post on GMOs & Apples).

My Experience with this Apple (Rating Scale 1-10)

Aspect Score
Crispiness 9
Tartness 1
Apple Flavor 1
Sweetness 10
Juiciness 9
Where I Got Them Meijer (Ypsilanti MI)

Overall Feeling: This apple sure lives up to it’s name. It is super sweet, crisp, and juicy. One of the sweetest apples I ever had. But really no tartness to balance that and in the end no real flavor. It was like eating water. I couldn’t wait to be done with it. I have no desire to try one of these apples again. It does look pretty and has the sweet, crisp, and juicy elements that people seem to ask for. Have our standards gotten so low that those are all we care about and flavor doesn’t come into the equation?

Are Sweetie Apples Good for Cooking or Baking?
In my opinion the only useful thing this apple may have is added to a batch of applesauce containing tart apples, to add some sweetness. They are way too sweet and flavorless to bake with.

Of course this is all just my experience. What’s yours? I am sure they are people out there that still do enjoy this apple and I am not going to complain about someone eating fruit. If you wish to try Sweetie Apples, they should be available at the end of September and beginning of October in these locations:

Pacific Northwest
Haggen
Safeway
Winco

California
Safeway

Texas
Central Market
HEB

Midwest
Byerly’s
Lunds
Hy-Vee
Meijer

Florida
Sweetbay

Here are some apple related kitchen tools I recommend:
Amco Dial-A-Slice Adjustable Apple Corer and Slicer : Allows you to slice apples into either 8 or 16 pieces
Zyliss Soft Skin Peeler : The best peeler I have ever owned. Does a great job peeling an apple.
Mirro Foley 2-Quart Stainless Steel Food Mill : A great tool for making your own applesauce. You can make the sauce without having to do any peeling.

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Meat Buying Guide Prices Beef at Meijer

After the recent success on my guide to buying beef at Costco, I decided to expand to other stores. I want people to be informed when it comes to purchasing steaks and roasts. With so many options out there it can be hard to discover what’s a deal and where you are overpaying. So I provide this guide to one of the biggest chains in my area – Meijer.

Beef Type Price
Flat Cut Brisket $6.19/lb
This cut requires long cooking time. It's great for smoking or BBQ. It is the top choice for making corn beef. To learn more about brisket check out this post.
Ribeye Steaks $12.99/lb
One of the most flavorful steaks does cost you a pretty penny. You can save 20 cents a pound if you buy the family pack.
Tenderloin Steaks $19.99/lb
This is what many people call Filet Mignon. I would recommend buying a whole tenderloin and cut the steaks yourself as you can find whole tenderloins at other stores (Costco or Hiller's for example) for much cheaper per pound
Top Sirloin $7.99/lb
A great steak for the grill that doesn't cost as much as a Ribeye or T-Bone. I recommend you try cooking them in your oven's broiler.
Flank Steak $7.69/lb
I love to broil these things. They take a marinade better than any other cut of beef I know.
Top Round Roast or Steak $5.69/lb (for either)
This cut comes from the upper back part of the cow. It's tougher than the sirloin. It is also lean. Dry cooking methods tend to dry this cut out. I would stick to wet cooking methods with this cut.
Bottom Round Roast $4.49/lb
Another tough piece of round but one that can be flavorful if you follow my cooking instructions.
Short Ribs $5.29/lb
Good for stews and BBQ. I haven't worked a lot with them as fatty cuts of beef tend to give me heartburn. This is one of the few cuts I found at Meijer that was cheaper than at Costco.
Eye of Round Roast $4.69/lb
Makes for a cheap yet still flavorful roast when prepared properly. Take a moment to visit my post on how to cook this cut.
Chuckeye Roast $4.99/lb
This is my go to cut for pot roast. It has the enough fat and it tasty when you slow cook it. One of my favorite pot roast recipes is my Moroccan Pot Roast.
Chuckeye Steak $5.19/lb
Basically a chuckeye roast cut into steaks. When treated right these steaks can be grilled to perfection. I have a salt trick for cooking these steaks that works out well.
Chuckeye Center Eye Steak $5.69/lb
This is the center portion of the chuck eye steak. This is the best of it. The problem with a chuckeye steak is you still end up with some grizzly parts that I usually discard. With the center eye you can eat the whole thing without throwing any out. In the end despite the higher price it might be still a better deal if you are just going to grill it.
Oxtails $5.89/lb
Not a lot of meat but a lot of beefy flavor. I like to use them to enhances beef broths like the one I used when I made Ina Garten's Rich Beef Barley Soup.
Skirt Steak $6.19/lb
This is the cut to use when making Mexican dishes like Fajitas.
Ball Tip Steak $5.69/lb
A cheap steak cut coming from the loin. A popular cut in Michigan. It can be grilled or braised. I would recommend marinating before grilling though.
Beef Shank $4.29/lb
Just as the oxtails – shanks also works well for broth making. It is a lean cut often used to make lean ground beef. If you are going to eat it braising is your only option as it is too tough for any other cooking method.
Top Loin Steak $12.99/lb
A boneless cut that comes from the top of the short loin primal. Most places call it a New York Strip steak. Meijer calls it a Top Loin which is more descriptive to what it is. Other people call it a Kansas City Steak or a Strip Loin Steak.
T-Bone Steak $12.99/lb
A bone-in steak with a bone that looks like a "T". It has a little piece of tenderloin on one side.
Porterhouse Steak $12.99/lb
If I am going to pay the same price for a T-Bone and a Porterhouse I would go Porterhouse every time. The real difference in the cut is how much tenderloin is there. Porterhouse have a greater deal of the tenderloin on the right side of the bone.

I really don’t buy a lot of meat at Meijer. Their meat isn’t the best quality. Their prices are above those of Costco on every single cut they both had, minus one. They do have sales that will save you money, so if it’s a good sale I would buy something there. Otherwise I look elsewhere for my beef.

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It’s that time once again to talk about prices on huge chunks of meat. I present to you my 2013 guide to sales & deals on Easter Hams in Michigan. Here are a couple of things to note from this year. The cheapest price on ham I found in the state was at Plumb’s – 99 cents a pound for a Sugardale Shank Portion Ham. The cheapest I found at state wide chain stores was the Smithfield Shank Portion Hams at Kroger for $1.17/lb althought Meijer was only 2 cents a pound behidn with their Cook’s Shank or Butt Portion Hams for $1.19/lb. D&W Fresh Market has the cheapest spiral sliced ham – Smithfield Honey Glazed Spiral Half Ham $1.27/lb.

As for deals, Tom’s Food Market offers $15 off any Quincy Street Boneless Ham, Spartan Ham, or Smithfield Spiral Sliced Half Ham with an additional $20 purchase. And if you are lucky to be in possession for 2,000 yes points at Glen’s you can get a free ham.

Any item marked with an (*) asterisk is the same price as it was last year

Related ham posts : Reasons NOT to Buy a Boneless Ham | Alton Brown’s City Ham recipe | Difference in Types of Ham | Spiced Root Beer Glazed Ham recipe | Can You Freeze Leftover Ham?

Meijer
Various locations throughout the state. Prices may be slightly different in each store, check your store to be sure.
Cook’s or Hormel Cure 81 Spiral Sliced Half Ham (in natural juices) $1.47/lb*
Dearborn Spiral Sliced Ham $3.99/lb
Cook’s Shank or Butt Portion HaM $1.19/lb (Limit 2)*
Hormel Cure 81 Half Boneless Ham $3.69/lb

Hiller’s
Stores in Ann Arbor, Berkley, Commerce Township, Northville, Plymouth, Union Lake, and West Bloomfield.
Hiller’s Own Honey Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham $2.49/lb*
Butt or Shank Portion Fresh Half Ham $1.59/lb
Kentucky Legend Quarter Sliced Hams (Original, Brown Sugar, Black Forest) $3.79/lb
Winter’s Fire Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham $2.99/lb (lower price)
Dearborn Flame Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham $3.99/lb*
Dearborn Classic Trim Semi-Boneless Half Ham $2.69/lb*

Busch’s
Stores in Ann Arbor, Saline, Clinton, Tecumseh, Dexter, Pinckney, South Lyon, Plymouth/Northville, Carleton, Livonia, Novi, Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield, and Rochester Hills.
Dearborn Fire Roasted Spiral Half Ham $3.89/lb*
Kentucky Legend Spiral Sliced Quarter Ham $3.99/lb*
Smithfield Shank Portion Ham $1.49/lb*
Smithfield Butt Portion Ham $1.59/lb*
Busch’s Spiral Sliced Ham $2.49/lb*

Spiced Root Beer Glazed Ham

Kroger
Various locations throughout the state. Prices may be slightly different in each store, check your store to be sure.
Kroger Spiral Sliced Ham $1.37/lb (limit 2)*
Smithfield Shank Portion $1.17/lb (lower price!)
Cumberland Gap Semi Boneless Ham $1.67/lb
Private Selection Spiral Sliced Bone-In Ham $2.99/lb
Hickory Hills Boneless Ham $2.49/lb*

Western Market
Located in Ferndale
Dearborn Spiral Sliced Hams for $3.99 lb

Nino Salvaggio
Locations in St. Clair Shores, Troy, and Clinton Township.
Dearborn Spiral Sliced Ham $3.99/lb*
Winter’s Spiral Sliced Ham $2.99/lb*

Holiday Market of Canton
Located in Canton
Dearborn Spiral Sliced Ham $3.99/lb*

Neiman’s Family Market
Locations in Alpena, Tawas, and St. Clair.
Spartan Whole Boneless Ham $1.48/lb (lower price!)
Spartan Honey Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham $2.49S/lb
Smoked Shank Ham $1.29/lb

Ric’s Food Center
Locations in Mt. Pleasant, Ithaca, Hemlock, Interlochen, Rockford, and Cannon Township.
Frick’s Bone-In Ham Portions $1.38/lb (lower price!)
Cumberland Gap Whole Boneless Ham $1.99/lb

D&W Fresh Market
Locations in Caledonia, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Holland, Kalamazoo, Portage, Rockford, and Williamston.
Paula Deen Smithfield Honey Glazed Spiral Half Ham $2.77/lb
Smithfield Honey Glazed Spiral Half Ham $1.27/lb
Spartan Honey Glazed Spiral Sliced Half Ham $1.99/lb

Plumb’s
Locations in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Norton Shores, Muskegon Heights, Newaygo, N. Muskegon, and Whitehall.
Sugardale Whole Boneless Ham $1.69/lb
Sugardale Shank Portion Ham $.99/lb
Sugardale Butt Portion Ham $1.19/lb
Sugardale Spiral Sliced Ham $1.79/lb
Smithfield Picnic Ham $1.49/lb

Tom’s Food Market
Locations in Traverse City, Williamsburg, Northport, and Interlochen.
$15 off any Quincy Street Boneless Ham, Spartan Ham, or Smithfield Spiral Sliced Half Ham (with additional $20 purchase, limit 1)

Glen’s Market
Locations in Alma, Bellaire, Boyne City, Cadillac, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Clare, East Jordan, Frankfort, Gaylord, Grayling, Harrison, Houghton Lake, Kalkaska, Lewiston, Mancelona, Manistee, Marion, Mio, Munising, Oscoda, Petoskey, Rogers City, Roscommon, Rose City, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Ignace, Standish, Traverse City, and West Branch.
Smithfield Smoked Shank Portion Ham $1.19/lb (limit 2)
Spartan Whole Boneless Ham ($1.99/lb sale) or Honey Glazed Spiral Ham ($2.19/lb sale) are Free with 2,000 Yes points
Smithfield Honey Glazed Spiral Ham $1.79/lb

What I Use When I Bake A Ham

Here are some tools that I use whenever I am baking a ham.
1. Roasting Pan – You need something big to bake your ham in and a roasting pan is the perfect vessel. I don’t recommend not stick in this case as I always find that I still end up with burnt sugar in the bottom from my glaze. It’s harder to clean a non-stick pan without scratching it and ruining the non stick. So just go with an stainless steel that you can scrub easier.
2. Electric Knife – Makes carving the ham a whole lot easier. You don’t need something expense here. A cheap one works just fine.
3. Probe thermometer – Even thought hams come cooked most of the time, you still need to heat it up. Don’t trust the instructions that came with your hand, trust a probe thermometer to get your ham reheated to the properly temperature. I have had ham that has been overcooked, a dry ham is not something you ever want to experience.

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Alton Brown's City Ham

In many homes Easter dinner = ham! The good news for the consumer is that it also equals deals on hams. In doing my own research to where I purchase my ham I have a list of the prices of ham on sale for the week of April 1st, at stores across my home state of Michigan.

Related ham posts : Reasons NOT to Buy a Boneless Ham | Alton Brown’s City Ham recipe | Difference in Types of Ham | Spiced Root Beer Glazed Ham recipe | Can You Freeze Leftover Ham?

Meijer
Various locations throughout the state. Prices may be slightly different in each store, check your store to be sure.
Cook’s or Hormel Cure 81 Spiral Sliced Half Ham (in natural juices) $1.47/lb
Cook’s Shank or Butt Portion Han $1.19/lb (Limit 2)

* If you like pineapple with your ham, Meijer is selling fresh pineapples for $1.97 each

Hiller’s
Stores in Ann Arbor, Berkley, Commerce Township, Northville, Plymouth, Union Lake, and West Bloomfield.
Hiller’s Own Honey Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham $2.49/lb
Winter’s Fire Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham $3.29/lb
Dearborn Flame Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham $3.99/lb
Amish Valley Spiral Sliced Hickory Smoked Ham $1.99/lb
Dearborn Classic Trim Semi-Boneless Half Ham $2.69/lb
Gusto Hickory Smoked Bone-In Ham (Butt or Shank) $1.19/lb

Busch’s
Stores in Ann Arbor, Saline, Clinton, Tecumseh, Dexter, Pinckney, South Lyon, Plymouth/Northville, Carleton, Livonia, Novi, Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield, and Rochester Hills.
Dearborn Fire Roasted Spiral Half Ham $3.89/lb
Alexander & Hornung Boneless Petite Ham Steak 5 oz 10 for $10
Busch’s Spiral Sliced Ham $2.49/lb
Kentucky Legend Spiral Sliced Quarter Ham $3.99/lb
Smithfield Shank Portion Ham $1.49/lb
Smithfield Butt Portion Ham $1.59/lb
Spartan Whole Boneless Ham $2.29/lb

Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market
Stores in Shelby Township and Clinton Township
Dearborn Spiral Sliced Ham $3.99/lb
Dearborn Old Fashioned Smoked SSD Ham $1.99/lb

Spiced Root Beer Glazed Ham

Kroger
Various locations throughout the state. Prices may be slightly different in each store, check your store to be sure.
Kroger Spiral Sliced Ham $1.37/lb (limit 2)
Cumberland Gap Semi Boneless Ham $1.57/lb
Smithfield Shank Portion $1.37/lb
Private Selection Spiral Sliced Ham $2.49/lb
Hickory Hills Boneless Ham $2.49/lb

Nino Salvaggio
Locations in St. Clair Shores, Troy, and Clinton Township.
Dearborn Spiral Sliced Ham $3.99/lb
Winter’s Spiral Sliced Ham $2.99/lb

Western Market
Located in Ferndale
Dearborn Fire Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham $3.99/lb

Holiday Market of Canton
Located in Canton
Dearborn Spiral Sliced Ham $3.99/lb

Neiman’s Family Market
Locations in Alpena, Tawas, and St. Clair.
Spartan Whole Boneless Ham $1.99/lb
Spartan Honey Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham $1.47/lb

Ric’s Food Center
Locations in Mt. Pleasant, Ithaca, Hemlock, Interlochen, Rockford, and Cannon Township.
Shurfresh Whole Boneless Ham $1.88/lb
Frick’s Bone-In Ham Portions $1.69/lb
Amish Valley Spiral Sliced Half Ham $1.99/lb
Winter’s Fire Glazed Spiral Sliced Half Ham $3.49/lb

D&W Fresh Market
Locations in Caledonia, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Holland, Kalamazoo, Portage, Rockford, and Williamston.
Hormel Cure 81 Spiral Sliced Half Ham $1.25/lb (limit 1)
D&W Fresh Market Black Box-Foil Wrapped Fire Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham $3.99/lb

Plumb’s
Locations in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Norton Shores, Muskegon Heights, Newaygo, N. Muskegon, and Whitehall.
Dutch Farms Shank Portion Ham $1.18/lb
Sugardale Spiral Sliced Half Ham $1.78/lb
Qunicy Street Whole Boneless Ham $1.99/lb (Half Ham are $2.29/lb)
Spartan Semi Boneless Half Ham $1.99/lb
Spartan Whole Boneless Ham $2.29/lb
Spartan Spiral Sliced Honey Half Ham $2.49/lb

Tom’s Food Market
Locations in Traverse City, Williamsburg, Northport, and Interlochen.
$15 off any Quincy Street Boneless Ham, Spartan Ham, or Smithfield Spiral Sliced Half Ham (with additional $25 purchase, limit 1)

Glen’s Market
Locations in Alma, Bellaire, Boyne City, Cadillac, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Clare, East Jordan, Frankfort, Gaylord, Grayling, Harrison, Houghton Lake, Kalkaska, Lewiston, Mancelona, Manistee, Marion, Mio, Munising, Oscoda, Petoskey, Rogers City, Roscommon, Rose City, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Ignace, Standish, Traverse City, and West Branch.
Smithfield Smoked Shank Portion Ham $1.18/lb (limit 2)
Spartan Honey Glazed Spiral Half Ham $1.68/lb

What I Use When I Bake A Ham
Here are some tools that I use whenever I am baking a ham.
1. Roasting Pan – You need something big to bake your ham in and a roasting pan is the perfect vessel. I don’t recommend not stick in this case as I always find that I still end up with burnt sugar in the bottom from my glaze. It’s harder to clean a non-stick pan without scratching it and ruining the non stick. So just go with an stainless steel that you can scrub easier.
2. Electric Knife – Makes carving the ham a whole lot easier. You don’t need something expense here. A cheap one works just fine.
3. Probe thermometer – Even thought hams come cooked most of the time, you still need to heat it up. Don’t trust the instructions that came with your hand, trust a probe thermometer to get your ham reheated to the properly temperature. I have had ham that has been overcooked, a dry ham is not something you ever want to experience.

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On the first day I meet my wife, we ate at an Old Country Buffet. I remember going to get her a orange soda pop out of the fountain machine. Fast forward 10 years later, I am looking for an orange pop to give to her as a treat for our 10 year celebration. My local Mejier just started carrying Northwoods Sodas. I already had their root beer, so I thought this occassion would make the perfect time to try out their orange cream soda.

Whenever I open a bottle of orange cream soda, I am expecting a few things. I am expecting to be drinking something reminiscent to an orange cream ice cream bar. It needs to have a good orange flavor, along with a creaminess mouthfeel with a pleasant vanilla flavor in their somewhere. I have found my soda companies (Frostop for example) to have done this well. So how did Northwoods do with their Wild Bill’s Orange Cream?

I loved this drink as an orange soda pop. But as an orange cream, I don’t think it packed the creaminess I wanted. I really didn’t get that sense of drinking a liquid orange cream bar. This is not an overly sweet concoction, which some of the other orange creams I experienced I have been. But like I said as an orange soda, this was has a good depth to it, with some vanilla undertones. Boylan is the best orange soda I have had. Frostop is the best orange cream soda I have had. This one fall somewhere in the middle between those. So I will go ahead with a four star rating, which means it will find a way into my shopping cart again!

Where to Buy
You can find it in the new Made in Michigan section at your local Meijer store. You can also purchase it directly from the company, through their website.

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I recently wrote a post celebrating the pop (or soda) that is made in Michigan. While doing research for that post, I read about a soda called Northwoods Soda. It is made up in the Grand Traverse area of Michigan. I have never seen it in stores before. That was until yesterday. Meijer stores across Michigan have begun an initiuative to support Michigan made products. There is a new section in select Mejier stores featuring just Michigan made products. One of those products selected to be a part of this program was Northwoods Soda.

Whenever I trying out a new brand of soda pop, I tend to select root beer first. I figure if your root beer isn’t good, then it’s likely the rest of your flavors aren’t going to be good either. Northwoods Soda calls their root beer “Wild Bill’s Root Beer”. “Wild Bill” is company founder, Bill Fosdick. The recipe for this brew has been perfected over a twenty year time period. The bottle boasts the claim “A Rare, Smooth Beverage”. So I keep that in mind as I took my first sip

No false promises on this bottle, it is definitely a smooth root beer. Not over carbonated. It has a nice, bold, but not too bold root beer flavor. It’s not overpowered by vanilla or any other flavoring. It’s pure root beer. It’s as close to getting it right out of the tap as you probably can get. So I will be giving their other flavors a try.

Where to Buy
You can find it in the new Made in Michigan section at your local Meijer store. You can also purchase it directly from the company, through their website.

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If you needed another reason to buy American, here is one for you. Coca Cola who owns the Minute Maid brand is reporting that trace amounts of a fungicide is showing up in their orange juice supply. The orange juice is coming from Brazil. Minute Maid uses a combination of Florida and Brazil grown oranges, and so does a lot of companies. The fungicide is used in Brazil to treat trees that have black spot, a type of mold. This fungicide has not been approved for us in the United States. Yet it still has ended up in our orange juice. As a result of this situation, the U.S. has put a temporary halt to importing orange juice from any country, until more testing can be done.

Here is another reason why I highly recommend buying only U.S. grown fruit and juice made from U.S. grown fruit. I talk about the same thing when Dr. Oz made the big fuss over arsenic in apple juice. You need to be reading everything that is written on a carton of juice. If it’s not made from just U.S. oranges than you might want to think twice before you buy it. It may turn out that the fungicides that ended up in the juice are nothing serious and that seems to be what the FDA is saying so far. But I am pretty sure they are doing you any good either, so why not error on the side of caution and buy American (good for our economy too).

What Orange Juice Brands Use Oranges from Brazil?
The two big name orange juice brands both use oranges from Brazil. That would be Minute Maid and Tropicana. However, Tropicana is in the process of switching to only using Florida grown oranges in their juice. But stores shelves will probably still have Brazilian OJ in them. The Simply Orange is also owned by Coke, so there juice could too contain Brazilian orange juice. If you are at all concerned, I would avoid these brands for the time being, and just buy ones that say they contain 100% Florida (or U.S.) orange juice.

Here is a list of the orange juices that may contain juices from other countries. I also have another list that contains juices that use only 100% Florida oranges.

1) Minute Maid
2) Tropicana
3) Simply Orange
4) Old Orchard (100% Frozen Orange Juice says contains juice from USA, Brazil, Mexico, Belize, and Costa Rica)
5) Prairie Farms
6) Full Circle Organic
7) Nantucket Nectars
8) Meijer Brand

If you carefully read the carton or container you should be able to find the source of their oranges either near the bar code or nutrition facts. Also a lot of companies print the countries the juice came from on the neck of their container.

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One thing I like to do on this site is include information that I myself am looking for. I am looking into sources where I can buy bison meat. It’s not as readily available as beef, so I have had to search out some local sources. It was quite a search. I could only find a handful of sources. I found one website listing a bunch of places in Michigan but I could not find specific information (including contact info) about most of the listings.

So why bison? Well it is lower in fat and higher in protein than beef. I made a pot roast out of a bison chuck roast and I found it to be just as delicious, but without the huge chunks of fat. So this page lists all the places that I found in Michigan that carries bison meat. There are two listings, one for grocery stores and the other for buying direct from the farm (your best option!). If you have bought bison meat in Michigan, please share that info in the comments below. I would love to add your info my list.

Grocery Store Listings

Meijer | Locations throughout the state
I recently started seeing ground bison showing up at Meijer stores. I have seen it at the locations in Marysville and Ann Arbor. Hopefully it’s available in most locations. If you have found at your local Meijer store recently, please leave a comment below, sharing the store location.

Whole Foods Market | Locations in Ann Arbor (2), Troy, Rochester Hills, West Bloomfield
Whole Foods carries some bison meat. They pretty much always have ground bison. Sometimes they have bison chuck roast (which makes for an excellent pot roast) and New York strip. There are 5 locations in the state of Michigan.

Hiller’s | Locations in Ann Arbor, Berkley, Commerce Township, Northville, Plymouth, Union Lake, and West Bloomfield.
Hiller’s carries High Plains Bison products. They have 100% Bison Hot Dogs, Filet Mignon, New York Strip, and Ground Bison.

Oleson’s Food Stores | Locations in Petoskey, Charlevoix, Traverse City (2), and Manistee.
According to their website, they do offer bison meat, but it says the aren’t currently accepting orders. Contact the specific store for more info.

Veldheer Tulip Gardens | Located in Holland, MI
Not quite a grocery store, but this place that specializes in tulips, also sells bison meat. Check their website out for more info.

Marquette Meats | 3060 W. US 41 Marquette (Next to Westwood Mall)
Marquette Meats offers ground bison and bison steaks. Visit the store for pricing information and selection.

Arbor Farms | 2103 West Stadium Boulevard Ann Arbor, MI 48103-3896
Arbor Farms has a couple options for ground bison meat, located in their freezer section. If you want to buy already made bison patties for burgers they have that there.

Nino Salvaggio | Locations in St. Clair Shores, Clinton Township, and Troy
They sell bison patties in their freezer section for $9.99/lb

Ben’s Supercenter | Located in Brown City
Ben’s offers a complete line of locally raised bison meat.

Trader Joe’s | Locations in Ann Arbor, Farmington Hills, Northville, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Gross Pointe
For Christmas 2012, I got my wife some bison jerky from Trader Joe’s

Dick’s Meat Market | Adrian
They carry frozen bison (ground and steaks)

Jerry’s Market | Tecumseh
They carry frozen ground bison already formed into patties.

Farm Listings

Schultz Fruitridge Farms | 60139 County Road 652 Mattawan, MI 49071
They have bison meat available year around. You need to call in advance for meat cuts, prices, and sales. Their phone number is 269-668-3724.

AJ’s Bison | 456 W. Hatmaker Road, Bronson, MI 49208
Has USDA inspected meat. For more information call them at (517) 369-9037

Peaceable Kingdom Bison Ranch | 810-387-2237
They sell bison meat at the Lapeer Farmer’s Market and Vantage Point Farmers Market (July to October) in Port Huron.

Cushman Bison Farms | 2427 W. 32 Road, Boon, MI 49601
Cushman Bison Farms located just north of Cadalliac in Boon, has bison jerky, steaks, roasts, and burgers. You can purcahse their meat through their website.

Butcher Boy Food Products | 13869 Herbert, Warren, MI 48089
Butcher Boy sells bison steaks, roasts, ground bison, hot dogs, and more. For a full product list and more information, please visit their website.

TMZ Farms | Available at True Value Hardware on Main St (M-36) in Pinckney, MI
TMZ Farms sells their meat at the True Value Hardware store in Pinckney. They also offer ordering over the phone. Call (734) 878-6425

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Type: Cheddar
Price: $5.99/10 oz package
Strength: Mild
Purchased At: Meijer (Port Huron, MI)
Would Buy Again: Yes

When it comes to selecting some type of cheese for a quick easy snack, I lean towards cheese curds. These irreguarly shaped curds are easy to pop in your mouth and enjoy. They work great for trips or picnics. I bought some Maple Leaf Cheese Curds from Meijer in Port Huron, MI to take to a picnic on Lake Huron. These white curds have a great flavor and texture that just melted in your mouth. Their flavor is strong enough without being overpowering. A great choice to go with any lunch.

Maple Leaf Cheese began as a cooperative in 1910 in Monroe, Wisconsin. Second and third generation cheesemakers are still turning out quality products. I had reviewed their delicious, award winning Monterey Jack earlier this year.

For more information on their cheeses, visit their website.

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