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Heritage tour on tap

Local artisans, season's bounty showcased this weekend

October 03, 2007
ALMONT — The Country Heritage Tour marks its tenth anniversary this weekend with all of the same rural beauty and displays of craftmanship it has offered in the last decade.

This Saturday and Sunday, local artisans will open up their workshops and showrooms and gather the bounty of their orchards and gardens for the public to peruse and purchase.

"It's all about the celebration of the fall colors and a slower way of life,"organizer Teemie Eschenburg said.

"It's not commercial but educational."

All the colors of fall will be on display this weekend during Almont’s Country Heritage Tour.

Visitors are welcome to stop at six tour sites both days, including the Almont Farmers Market, which will only be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The market will feature a variety of fruits, vegetables and other homemade goods and their annual pork roast on Main St., just north of the stop light.

Teemie Eschenburg and Jill Hough's Country Blooms will be stationed at the market on Saturday and then move to 4265 Kidder Rd. on Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

Herb wreaths, kitchen herbs, hand-tied bouquets and more will be offered.

At Marjeanne's Creations, 3203 Howland Rd., shoppers can find homemade lotions, colognes, room mists and natural herbal soaps and dried bouquets of lavender. Hours are 12-6 p.m. both days.

Heading south through town, be sure to stop at the Mill and Brewhouse, 622 S. Main, where tourists can stop for a cup of coffee, and browse antiques and vintage goods in the 1840s era mill.

On the second floor, avid readers will be happy to find Reliteration Books. More than 15,000 used titles fill the shelves.

They'll be open Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

Continuing south, head west to 6841 Hough Rd. where Sue Miller of Miller's Medley...Off the Beaten Path will be working in her stained glass studio, demonstrating soldering and letting children make their own creation.

Lathe-turned woodenware, pencil drawings and pottery from other local artists will also be featured in Miller's studio. Special tour hours are Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. 1-5 p.m.

Continuing south, the Bishop family will greet guests at Town's End Farm, 80777 Fisher Rd.

They'll be selling fresh apple cider, heirloom apples, bittersweet, pumpkins and homemade jams. Its all completed by the peaceful scenery.

To the east of Van Dyke, you'll find Brookwood Fruit Farm at 7845 Bordman Rd., a fifth generation fruit farm market operated by the Bristol family. Apples, peaches, cherries, plums and raspberries are grown there. Visitors can try their fresh tart cherry juice.

Tour maps will be distributed to Almont businesses this week and can be found at the farmer's market too.

Eschenburg said organizers are already looking forward to next year's tour when they plan to team up with the Almont Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Authority.

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