The North’s woods, waters, fields and orchards provide the inspiration and flavor for these simple seasonal appetizers. To gather your goods, bundle up in mittens and muffler for a tour of frosty byways and small towns that are starry with holiday lights.
Crabapple Butter: American Spoon Foods, 888-735-6700.
Cranberry Butter: Centennial Cranberry Farm, 30957 W. Wildcat Rd., Paradise. 877-333-1822, centennialcranberry.com.
Elk and Venison Sausage: Bunting’s Cedar Market, 9054 Kasson, Cedar. 231-228-7460.
Maple-cured and Hickory-smoked Pork Loin: Spark’s Eatery, 4642 M-37, Mesick. 231-885-1675.
Michigan Maple Syrup: mi-maplesyrup.com.
Mild Raclette Cheese: Leelanau Cheese Company at Black Star Farms, 10844 E. Revold Rd., Suttons Bay. 231-271-2600.
Peach Jam: Cooper Family Jams, Manistee. Available at Crescent Bakery, Frankfort. 231-352-4611.
Pepper Parmesan Bread: Crooked Tree Breadworks, 2264 M-119, Petoskey. 888-591-8688.
Smoked Whitefish Fillets: Mackinac Straits Fish Company, 109 W. Elliot, St. Ignace. 888-333-1823