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Remembering Smelt Season in Northern Michigan

Fresh Smelt in the 50s

Fresh Smelt in the 50s

For many who grew up in Northern Michigan, late March and early April meant the annual smelt runs – a late night fishing experience that brought out many in the community for a carnival-like atmosphere that often ended with much-needed full freezers of the tasty fish.

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Way Back Wednesday: Ice Harvesting in Traverse City

Ice Harvesting, Shooting Cakes into the House

In the winter of 1912, ice dealers in Traverse City reported that for the first time in history, the ice was too thick to cut!

We suspect it might be the same for the throwback winter of 2014! The above comes from one of our favorite publications for light reading, Industrial Refrigeration (vol. 52-53). There was a time when the winter ice harvest was as critical as any other harvest, allowing folks in Traverse City to enjoy & keep fresh food in summertime. We’ve put together a little photo gallery courtesy the History Center of Traverse City that shows a lot of the steps in the process. Read more