Farmers markets, grocery stores, hardware stores, indie book stores and other local spots are among our favorite places to go souvenir shopping when we're on the road in the Midwest.
I'm introducing my Midwest Market Basket posts as occasional quick features about some of our favorite Midwest products, shopping discoveries and where to find them.
We originally discovered Tassier's maple syrup-based products when shopping at the Franklin Cider Mill near our home in metro Detroit. Franklin stocks many Michigan-made products during the cider mill's fall season, and I bought some Tassier's maple spice rub as I made my weekly cider run one autumn.
The rub combines maple syrup, paprika, sea salt, garlic powder and other spices that we particularly like as a savory addition to things dishes like baked chicken parts.
The fact that it is a Michigan-made product makes me happy, and the fact that every item on the ingredient list is one that I can pronounce and identify makes me even happier. No chemical additives or colors here!
We got a chance to stop by Tassier's maple grove and farm shop near the Les Cheneaux Islands area in Michigan's eastern Upper Peninsula this past summer to stock up on maple syrup, maple rub and maple sugar sprinkles (the sugar sprinkles taste great on hot cereal in the morning!).
Maple syrup is a big deal here in Michigan and in other parts of the Midwest, especially in spring as the sugar maple sap starts to flow and places like Tassier's collect and process the liquid gold into Midwest-made products.
Dan and Debra Tassier began making maple syrup in 1988 after her mother suggested that they do so. They put up 180 taps the first year they started making syrup. These days, they have about 1,600 taps and produce around 750 gallons of syrup each spring.
Can't get up to Cedarville in person? The Tassiers sell their products at a few retail outlets like Franklin Cider Mill or online at their Web site where visitors can purchase maple syrup, rub, sugar sprinkles, maple candy, maple sugar, barbecue sauce, maple vinaigrette dressing and other maple-based products.
Tassier's Sugar Bush, 2875 East Swede Road, Cedarville, Michigan 49719
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