Our friend Evan Smith, from Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Foods, gives us his five favorite local Northern Michigan jams and salsas and tells us how he preps them. Just like magic, add these simple Northern Michigan local foods to any dish for a simple and delicious transformation.

Food For Thought Strawberry Basil Preserve

Serve with whole wheat toast and Michigan Amish salted butter. foodforthought.net

Benjamin Twiggs Black Bean and Corn Salsa

A no-brainer … add Great Lakes Potato Chip Co. tortilla chips. benjamintwiggs.com

Cherry Hut 
Boysenberry Jam

Combine with balsamic reduction to make a glaze for duck breasts. cherryhutstore.com

American Spoon Foods Wild
 Thimbleberry Jam

Serve Thimbleberry Jam on crostini with Idyll Farms chèvre. spoon.com

Friske Orchards Balaton Cherry Rhubarb Jam

Combine with a bit
of water in a saucepan to make a warm sauce for Shetler’s vanilla
ice cream. friske.com

Get more on jarred foods:

Local, Jarred Northern Michigan Foods For the Holidays

Laurie’s Northern Michigan Jarred Food Faves

Ken’s Northern Michigan Jarred Food Faves

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