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Local growers make Imlay City proud



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August 19, 2009
I'm sitting here taking my job seriously. My job—recuperating from knee replacement surgery. Job description—sets of exercises targeting a consistent 90 degree knee bend interspersed with rest. Doesn't sound like much, but I'm here to tell you I had to stay in the hospital an extra night because I could only get to an 87—WITH the help of that machine they strapped onto my leg.

Like I said, I was sitting here taking my job seriously. Chances are, otherwise I wouldn't have been watching Good Morning America at 7:30 when a Kroger commercial came on advertising locally grown produce.

"Hey! That's Pam!" I jerked out of my lethargic taking in of mundane, who-cares information. "And Gary!"

As the two of them walk down the rows of a muck field, Pam tells how her grandfather came here to grow vegetables in the organically rich soil of the valley just east of Van Dyke.

Pam's grandpa Al Brandt, Sr. has been gone for years now. So have Pam's father, Lindy Brandt, and Gary's dad, Bill Makedonsky. But Gary and Pam, along with Pam's brother, Gary Brandt, operate Lindy's Pre-Pak Carrots, located on Van Dyke just north of Imlay City.

This is just one of the vegetable-growing industries of which Imlay City can be very proud. And it does my heart good to realize Kroger's is partnering with them.

So, there now. It's 8:30, and, in a minute, with the click of a little "Send Now" button, I will feel like this vegging I'm being forced to do will have counted for something. I've put you all on high alert to watch for Imlay City to be promoted on Channel 7. Click.

Castle Creek
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