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Cedar, Leelanau County, Michigan (near Traverse City), United States
I am a 76 year old (born 7/4/1937) retired Public Radio Engineer from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Happily married to the love of my life, Teddy (nee Teddy Schlueter). Teddy is a retired Medical Records Clerk from Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah, Wisconsin. Two children, Michael and Lon. Lon passed away in 1994. Michael is married to his wonderful wife, Toni and lives in Appleton, Wisconsin. For photos click on link below or visit our photo site http://www.flickr.com/photos/igboo NOTE: Click on photos for full-size images.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Q: What's Shakin'?

A: Cherries!
The favorable weather this spring here in Leelanau county has produced a bumper crop that is about a week earlier than usual. Teddy's brother, John started shaking sweets Thursday the 5th and the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City is in full swing.
Here are some of the varieties that he grows.
Photos are by Teddy Page using an Olympus Stylus 800 digital camera.
These are "Golds".
When ripe they are this light yellow color. Although they have excellent flavor they are sold as brining cherries for Maraschinos.
Maraschinos are a preserved, sweetened cherry, typically made from light-colored sweet cherries. They are first preserved in a brine solution (usually sulfur dioxide), then soaked in a suspension of food coloring, sugar syrup, artificial and natural flavors.

These are "Emperor Francis", because of their light color they are also used for Maraschinos.

...and these are "Hedelfingens". Although they are also used in the fresh fruit market, John hauls his to a processor for canning. John also grows "Ulsters" & "Sams" which are simular in appearance.


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