Made in Michigan: A Truly Homeade 4th of July Meal | News
GRAND RAPIDS, (WZZM) - WZZM 13 News recently started a segment called Made-In-Michigan to celebrate all the businesses doing well in our state.
We thought the theme should extend to your Fourth of July celebration as well.
Reporter Stacia Kalinoski went on a grocery shopping adventure to find all the holiday staples, all made in Michigan.
She found more than enough to pack a picnic basket.
We started out at the Fulton Street Farmers Market, because it's so easy to support your local farmers this time of year. The two items on most everyone's list are strawberries and blueberries, and you can find both for your fruit salad or pie.
Potatoes were also available, a must for the All-American potato salad.
You can also find local cheese for the hamburgers and eggs for egg salad, products by Mooville at the market.
Unfortunately we didn't find any local corn on the cob - it was from Georgia - but that doesn't mean there's not some out there.
If you don't want to make your own pie, Holland-based Gammy's has a variety of flavors. We picked up Caramel Apple.
We were able to fill up the rest of our picnic basket all at one stop, Sobie Meats in Grand Rapids.
Tim Sobie doesn't just sell chicken, burgers, and other meat from local producers, but Dairy Fresh potato chips from Taylor, Michigan, Old Beck mustard made in Grand Rapids, hot dog buns from Village Bakers in Spring Lake, and Topor's pickles from Detroit.
There's also New Era-based Country Dairy ice cream and whipped cream for the pie, and Herkner's homemade cherry topping, made in Traverse City.
Over at Marge's Donut Den in Wyoming, you can find a variety of July 4th sweets, including a beautiful three layer red, white and blue cake.
But Marge also cooked up something new this year - Cake Push-Ups. She came up with the idea and her crew started baking them on Sunday. If they sound like a certain frozen treat, that's how Marge got the idea.
"As a kid, she used to love the push-up, you know, it was like a orange push-up, and she happened to come across just the containers and she said, 'Well, let's do something for the 4th of July and she came up with Red, White and Blue," said Marilyn Free, who works with Marge.
The push-up is three layers. Inside you'll find red velvet cake, white cake, and white cake tinted blue. Each layer is covered in buttercream frosting.
Marge's, Sobie Meats, and the Fulton Street Farmers Market are all open July 4th. If you can't make it to any of these places, viewers have shared other businesses with their favorite Michigan-made products. Head to the WZZM Facebook Page for their tips.