A quick overview of OMP news and photos from this week …
New farm stand alert. My nephew, Nic Johnson (my brother Ward’s son), has just opened a new farm stand on Center Road. If you head north on Center, the cute red and white booth is on the left just before you get to the Smokey Hollow intersection. Everything is grown right on their farm, and he currently has small bags of peaches for $ 4 and $ 5, half a bushel bag for $ 15, and sweet corn for 0.25 cents each. They have been sold so I recommend you get there early in the day.
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Cigarette boats in the bay. Have you seen or heard the cigarette boats in the bays today? I asked our readers on the Gazette Facebook page if anyone knew what the scoop was, and someone posted a summer 2020 story about the first “Exotic Run”, hosted by Rudy Torres , owner of Exotic Detailing in Traverse City. It is not known if today was the second year of this event. If you know, let us know in the comments below.
The central road collapses. In this week’s OMP Road Erosion News, Center Road is once again in the spotlight (last week it was Center Road / the Hogsback and Bluff Road). This week, a large swath of section 9500 of Center Road (between Montague Road and Gray Road) collapsed. I spoke with a resident there, who uploaded some pictures of the bay side and noted that their stair legs and railing were hanging down there.
“The stairs are destroyed, and the road commission says it is our responsibility and our expense to rebuild, even though we have called several times and brought them in to inspect the erosion,” she notes. “The road commission had gone out a week earlier to tell me that erosion was not a problem. As of this writing, there are traffic cones; However, it is not known when this will be addressed.
Covid Memorial Tree. A special Covid memorial tree will be planted at the Peninsula Community Library on Saturday, August 28 at 10 a.m. The tree, which will be planted by the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society, will honor those who lost their lives to the virus. If you would like to submit the name of a loved one, or perhaps a brief anonymous message, complete the form here. The Historical Society will place this information on a small biodegradable card that will be buried with the tree – symbolically part of the life of the tree. A stone with a simple commemorative plaque identifying the tree will be placed at its base.
History of the harvest. Also next weekend, Sunday August 29, the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society is hosting an event called “Harvesting History”. There are nine locations for the event, with different things happening at each. Click here for more information.
Methodist pastor retires. Pastor Zelphia Mobley (known as “Pastor Z”) retires and returns to lower state where his family lives. A small farewell rally was held at Bowers Harbor Park on Sunday August 15th. She has served the Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church since July 1, 2019.
Saved cherries. OMP farmers always do good things, and this week they are donating cherries for a good cause. Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan posted on its Instagram page yesterday: “We are grateful for these yellow tart cherries rescued from Edmondson orchards and Balaton cherries from Wunsch Farms. Here in the Cherry Capital of the World, we enjoy an abundance of beautiful plump cherries and plenty of recipes to use them. One of our favorites is this cherry cream cheesecake recipe from Dr. Amy Lezzoni, professor of horticulture at the State of Michigan. University.”
And also this: “Fun fact: Dr Lezzoni introduced Balaton cherries to the United States in the 1980s after discovering them in Hungary while researching more hearty tart cherry varieties that bloom later and could avoid late frost. occasional from northern Michigan. “
Since 2008, Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan, a program of GoodWill, has collected fresh, healthy, and soon to be expired food and distributed it to more than 70 Northwest Food Coalition pantries and community meal sites on the same day, at no charge for pantries.