Michigan Black Cherry Preserves

jude31December 8, 2011

I'm in love!!!! A few years ago while visiting friends in NC, who live just off the Blue ridge Parkway, we had occasion to eat at the Parkways Mabry Mill Restaurant several times. Enter Michigan Black Cherry Preserves...OMG I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. Anyhow, the restaurant is temporarily closed for repairs to the parkway, no timetable as to when it will be finished.

I want some of those preserves!! I have no idea what the brand name was. A friend brought me a jar processed by Clearbrook Farms and they are very good too. Any of you lucky people in Michigan have any recommendations?

I will order multiple jars and share with a friend.

TIA,

jude

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wizardnm

I'll put a link to Cherry Republic below, they make preserves using black cherries.

The other place is American Spoon. They don't do a preserve with the black cherries but many people use the Black Cherry Fruit Perfect. It's a little softer, not as sweet as a preserve.

Nancy

Here is a link that might be useful: Cherry Republic

    Bookmark   December 8, 2011 at 11:37AM
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jude31

Thanks, Nancy. I'll check it out.

jude

    Bookmark   December 8, 2011 at 12:43PM
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Rusty

You might check out Nottawa Fruit Farms

I don't know if they have black cherry preserves,
But they do have a pretty good variety of jams & jellies.

Their apple butter is the best in the world!

It's been a few years since I've been there.
I think I'm disappointed to find an Amish establishment
has a web site.

Rusty

Here is a link that might be useful: Nottawa Fruit farms

    Bookmark   December 8, 2011 at 3:50PM
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jude31

Rusty, I agree that is a surprise finding they use the internet. They close in Nov. but were kind enough to answer my email. Couldn't help me though. I do have one source, so if push comes to shove I can use it.

Thanks,

jude

    Bookmark   December 8, 2011 at 5:26PM
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wizardnm

Jude, here is another scorce. The company is located near to me and has been in business for decades.

The black sweet cherries are mostly eaten fresh around here. Tart cherries are the cherry flavor that most people look for in jam type goods, that's why black cherries are harder to find. I wish I had a dime for every customer that I had to explain that to when I worked at American Spoon. :)

Nancy

    Bookmark   December 8, 2011 at 6:18PM
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jude31

Thanks Nancy. American Spoon has interesting jams, preserves etc., unfortunately not what I'm looking for.

Thanks,
jude

    Bookmark   December 8, 2011 at 8:04PM
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annie1992

rusty, the people who have Nottawa are not Amish, they don't say anywhere on their website that they are Amish. They just live "in Amish country". They are retired school teachers, so it's not surprising that they have a website.

Jude, I have a lot of sweet cherries in the freezer, I ought to make some jam. Right after I'm done with Christmas cookies and playing with that new grand baby!

Annie

    Bookmark   December 8, 2011 at 11:27PM
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Rusty

Annie, I guess I assumed they were basically Amish.
The times I've been there, many of the women working
in the store wore the Amish bonnets.
The girl at the register in one of the pictures
is wearing one.
I think there are different "denominations" of Amish.
With different dress codes,
And different 'rules' as to what modern conveniences
are allowed.
Guess I was wrong.
And I really do know better than to ever "assume" anything!

:>)

Jude, I do hope you find what you are looking for!

Rusty

    Bookmark   December 9, 2011 at 1:45AM
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jude31

I just ordered a case from Clearbrook Farms. We like them, guess I was just trying to find another kind hoping they would be what I had in NC. These are probably just as good.

Thanks all,

jude

    Bookmark   December 9, 2011 at 12:07PM
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annie1992

rusty, there are varying requirements among Amish communities, I suppose, but a business in an Amish area won't hesitate to hire Amish workers. They are hard working and honest, by and large they are good employees and very reliable.

Annie

    Bookmark   December 9, 2011 at 2:42PM
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