northern michigan en Celebrity chef Mario Batali's delicious days in Northern Michigan <p>You know the name: Mario Batali&nbsp;– celebrity chef, restaurateur, infamous orange-Crocs-wearer. But what you might not know is that Batali is slightly obsessed with Northern Michigan – Leelanau Peninsula to be exact.</p><p>It seems Batali came across Northern Michigan just like a lot of people did. He married a woman and went on vacation back to a place she knew.</p><p>“Initially, I was like, well, I don’t know – a lake seemed small … then I got here. First of all, I didn’t realize we were on an “ocean.” Second of all, the water is as blue as the Caribbean. The sand here is as soft as the most amazing places in Hawaii I’ve ever been,” Batali recalled.</p><p>"There's a delicious culture of cherries, and there's magnificent understanding of grapes ... Gastronomically, it is very easy to fall in love with this place, because almost everything is delicious."</p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">* Listen to our conversation with Mario Batali&nbsp;above.</em></p><p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 22:04:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 18609 at Celebrity chef Mario Batali's delicious days in Northern Michigan Michigan entrepreneurs want the saskatoon to be the next big fruit <p>An unusual berry should be widely available at farmers markets in northern Michigan this summer. In fact, the region has become the center of saskatoon growing in the United States.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most people who grow </span>saskatoons<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> around Traverse City were not farmers until a few years ago, but the berry could have a bright future in northern Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:22:12 +0000 Peter Payette 18033 at Michigan entrepreneurs want the saskatoon to be the next big fruit ArtPod bids farewell to summer & to one of Michigan's great writers <p></p><p></p><p>This time on ArtPod, we say a sad goodbye to one of Michigan’s best writers, and wistfully wave to a summer packed with adventures, music, and general art goodness. &nbsp;</p><p>In today’s lineup:</p><p><strong>Elmore Leonard was the freaking man </strong></p><p>Detroit lost one of its greats yesterday. We’ve got an appreciation and a look back at the fabulous, game-changing career of the “Dickens of Detroit.”</p><p>After that, we’re going to go binge on<em> Justified</em> on Netflix as tribute. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:23:18 +0000 Kate Wells 14097 at ArtPod bids farewell to summer & to one of Michigan's great writers In this Traverse City gallery, strong drinks but "no watercolors of cherries" <p></p><p>If you’re a local in Northern Michigan, especially in a tourist town, you need a few places that are all your own.</p><p>That dive bar visitors don’t know. The private beach that’s hidden away.</p><p>For Traverse City residents, one place like that is the InsideOut art gallery.</p><p>First thing you do there is get a drink at the cocktail bar.</p><p>Then, you head to the patio that has no view of the lake (which, hey, no tourists!)</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:18:46 +0000 Kate Wells 13938 at In this Traverse City gallery, strong drinks but "no watercolors of cherries" The tough road for a small biz in vacationland <p></p><p>On every great vacation, there’s that moment when you think: hey, we should move here! No really, I’m serious this time!</p><p>We’ve all been there. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Heck, northern Michigan is littered with B&amp;Bs, cafes and art galleries run by vacationers who never left.</p><p>New ones open every summer. And every summer, some of them go bust.</p><p>So we hunted down some of the folks who are actually courageous (or crazy) enough to make the leap.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 17:17:33 +0000 Kate Wells 13791 at The tough road for a small biz in vacationland Little Traverse Conservancy is working to protect Michigan land and resources <p>One of the things we most like to do here on Stateside is to highlight success stories in Michigan, to share with everyone what's working well and why.</p><p>One of those Michigan success stories is the <a href="">Little Traverse Conservancy</a>. If you've enjoyed the beauty of northern Michigan, it's a good bet the Little Traverse Conservancy had something to do with it.</p><p>We often hear talk about rebuilding Michigan, but what about preserving it?</p><p>Tom Bailey is the Executive Director of the Little Traverse Conservancy, and he joined us today from Petoskey.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 21:49:10 +0000 Stateside Staff 13441 at Little Traverse Conservancy is working to protect Michigan land and resources With summer, fire risk rises again in northern Michigan <p>McMILLAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The fire danger is on the rise in northern Michigan again, one year after a blaze destroyed 31 square miles of forest and marshland in the Upper Peninsula.<br><br>The Duck Lake fire was the largest of many wildfires that struck northern Michigan in 2012.<br><br>The blaze in Luce County's McMillan Township hit last May and destroyed 136 structures. Another fire destroyed 5 square miles in the Seney National Wildlife Refuge in upper Michigan's Schoolcraft County.<br> Sun, 07 Jul 2013 17:04:44 +0000 The Associated Press 13406 at Northern Michigan winemakers hunt for a signature grape <p>Michigan’s wine grape acreage has doubled over the past decade, and many say the quality of Michigan wine has also grown dramatically.</p><p>But to uncork a young wine region’s fullest potential, you need something more… you need a signature grape.</p><p>And there’s debate among winemakers in northern Michigan as to whether that’s been discovered yet.</p><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:55:00 +0000 Linda Stephan 13286 at Northern Michigan winemakers hunt for a signature grape Hedging bets on wine grapes in Northern Michigan <p>This year was one of the worst harvests for tart cherries in recorded history. That&rsquo;s a hard hit considering Michigan is the nation&rsquo;s largest producer of the fruit.</p><p>We visited the Leelanau Peninsula where one family-owned cherry farm has transitioned into a vineyard in order to make more money.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8512 at Hedging bets on wine grapes in Northern Michigan Facebook followers share 'up north' highlights <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Earlier today, Michigan Radio&rsquo;s <a href="">Kyle Norris posted a story</a> about Michiganders&rsquo; love of traveling north of their hometowns for an in-state getaway.&nbsp; On our <a href="">facebook page</a>, we asked fans to join the conversation:</p><p><strong>&ldquo;Ok, let&#39;s hear your favorite thing about going &lsquo;up north.&rsquo;&rdquo;</strong></p><p>Followers posted comments detailing the perks of their favorite spots up north.</p><p>Several answered that the drive north is the best part of the experience.</p><p><em><strong>Gary:</strong> Crossing the tension line (or &quot;ecotone&quot;) between southern and northern forests. The pines and sand sneak in so slowly you barely notice, until they seem suddenly to dominate.</em></p><p><em><strong>Cathrin: </strong>Not only do the trees change, but the landscape begins to rise and fall in drastic contrast to the flat plains of the center of the mitten. So beautiful!</em></p><p><em><strong>Dani:</strong> crossing the bridge to the u.p ...being so close to 3 of the great lakes the beautiful scenery the falls the fudge in mackinaw smoked fish in st ignance and most of all being away from the big city</em> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 21:34:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8312 at Facebook followers share 'up north' highlights Why we love going 'up north' <p>A lot of us in Michigan are passionate about going up north.</p><p><em>&ldquo;I remember the good old days when my dad would pack us up in the station wagon and head up north. It was 80 acres in the middle of nowhere &hellip; I&rsquo;m heading to Petoskey on Wednesday and on Thursday or Friday to Whitefish Point and Tahquamenon Falls&hellip; Tomorrow, I&rsquo;m making my annual pilgrimage to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Those are comments from Michigan Radio&#39;s Facebook fans, answering the question, &ldquo;Anyone headed <em>up north </em>this weekend?&rdquo;</p><p>But where is up north, and why do we love going?</p><p>The definition of &ldquo;up north&rdquo; is incredibly personal. It has to do with where you&rsquo;re from and where you&rsquo;re headed.&nbsp; But there seems to be a general consensus, of where it begins, at least for people in the Lower Peninsula.</p><p>&ldquo;In Michigan, I think the north begins right about halfway across the mitten&mdash;or you can be a little more exact and say Highway 10. Somewhere between Clare &amp; Ludington,&quot; said nature writer <a href="">Keith Taylor</a>.&nbsp; He says the world around you begins to change quickly once you cross that line.</p><p>&ldquo;You suddenly start seeing white pines and white birches,&quot; he said. &quot;So the trees change.&rdquo;</p><p>Taylor says people have always craved a landscape that&rsquo;s different from the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives.&nbsp; For people who lived in Detroit in the &#39;20s and &#39;30s, going &ldquo;up north&rdquo; just meant traveling one county over.&nbsp; These days, &ldquo;up north&rdquo; usually means driving a couple of hours in the car.</p><p>Taylor says we&rsquo;re lucky that in Michigan there are a lot of places close by.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s the interesting thing about our state: there&rsquo;s the major industries to the south employing all those people and we&rsquo;re so close to the edge of the wilderness,&quot; he said.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:55:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 8272 at Why we love going 'up north' A Hemingway-themed hotel in Michigan's northern woods? <p>Looking for a clean, well-lighted place to lay your head?</p><p>A company has plans to develop a slew of <a href="">Ernest Hemingway</a>-inspired hotels and resorts. The folks behind Hemingway Hotels &amp; Resorts only have a website at this point, but their plan is to build a minimum of 30 hotels worldwide, all based in places that were in some way relevant to the life, times and adventures of Papa Hemingway.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 20:50:52 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 7162 at A Hemingway-themed hotel in Michigan's northern woods? Northern Michigan fruit growers brace for a changing climate <p><em>by Bob Allen for The Environment Report</em></p><p>Warmer temperatures and melting snow are less than ideal for winter sports and outdoor festivals. But the weird weather has northern Michigan fruit growers holding their breath, hoping to avoid disaster.</p><p>In his more than 20 years as an agricultural extension agent in the Traverse City area, Duke Elsner says this is the most bizarre winter weather he&rsquo;s ever seen.</p><p>&ldquo;The ups and downs have just been remarkable. The inability to hang on to a cold period for any length of time has been very strange.&rdquo;</p><p>A gradual drop in temperature at the beginning of winter and holding there below freezing for long periods are the ideal conditions for plant to become frost hardy, and hardiness is what protects them from getting damaged by cold.</p><p>But when temps bounce up into the 40&rsquo;s and 50&rsquo;s as they&rsquo;ve done frequently this winter, some of that hardiness is lost.</p><p>&ldquo;Our trees and vines can take below zero in a normal winter. I sure wouldn&rsquo;t want to drop below zero at this point in time, I&rsquo;ll say that.&rdquo;</p><p>That&rsquo;s fruit grower Jim Nugent. He and a couple of his neighbors are doing the yearly chore of pruning his cherry trees.&nbsp; With long-handled saws, they reach up eight or ten feet to strip away branches and limbs.</p><p>Nugent knows his orchard is vulnerable right now because of a loss of winter hardiness. But there&rsquo;s not a lot he can do about it.</p><p>Things could go either way at this point.</p><p>A sudden drop to zero would be serious.</p><p>But orchards still may slide by unscathed. If temps gradually drop below freezing and stay there, trees will regain some of their hardiness.</p><p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 14:30:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6155 at Northern Michigan fruit growers brace for a changing climate Interlochen will teach the kids how to write songs <p>The Interlochen Center for the Arts is creating a program that will teach young musicians the &quot;discipline of popular music songwriting.&quot;</p><p>Interlochen has traditionally been a mecca for classical music, but in recent years the institution (which hosts both a summer camp and a year-long school) has embraced more contemporary art forms.</p><p>For example, students can major in &quot;motion picture arts&quot; and study the latest filmmaking techniques.</p><p>Interlochen has just posted <a href="">a job opening for a lead instructor </a>for its new singer/songwriter program.</p><p>From Interlochen&#39;s website:</p><blockquote><p>This program will lead students to creative approaches to popular musical composition by developing skills in melody, harmony, arranging, and lyric writing, while seeking to nurture a distinct individual writing and performance style.</p></blockquote><p>The northern Michigan institution has taught many young musicians who&#39;ve gone on to become successful singer/songwriters, including</p><ul><li>Norah Jones,</li><li>Rufus Wainwright,</li><li>Sufjan Stevens,</li><li>and, most famously, Jewel Kilcher.</li></ul><p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:07:08 +0000 Kyle Norris 5186 at Interlochen will teach the kids how to write songs Platte Lake cleaner after years of salmon hatchery pollution <p>Decades ago, residents sued to stop a fish hatchery in northern Michigan from polluting a lake. More than thirty years later, the legal battles have ended and the pollution has been greatly reduced.</p><p>Northern Michigan is home to some of the clearest blue lakes in the world, like Torch, Glen and Crystal.</p><p>Once upon a time Wilfred Sweicki says Platte Lake in Benzie County was in that league.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It was extremely clear, never quite as clear as Crystal or Glen but nearly so.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Unfortunately for Sweicki and other homeowners on Platte, fishery biologists did something nearby that changed the Great Lakes dramatically.</p><p>They planted Pacific salmon in the Platte River.</p><p>That was in the late sixties and soon a billion dollar fishery was born.</p><p>A hatchery was built and animal waste from millions of fish began pouring into Platte Lake. The waste contained the nutrient phosphorus.</p><p>Phosphorous caused algae to bloom, clouding the water and killing a variety of aquatic animals and plants.</p><p>It even caused chemical changes in the sediment of the lake bottom that produced milky clouds of a clay-like substance that collects on stones and docks.</p><p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 15:56:40 +0000 Rebecca Williams 4075 at Platte Lake cleaner after years of salmon hatchery pollution