Hi, everybody, and welcome to Cépage et Cuisine, Mary’s and Brian’s blog about wine, food, and culture. In case you’ve wondered, that’s pretty much the translation of the name of our blog. Cépage et Cuisine is French and translates to Grape and Food. Today we’re sharing a little of our town, Plymouth, Michigan. It is a small town about 20 miles west of Detroit. By the way, don’t believe everything bad you read in the news about Detroit. It is a wonderful city that offers a high quality of life and many amenities.
This is a great time of year in Plymouth. We have a small farmers market in our downtown area every Saturday morning, plus many interesting shops and restaurants. I jog into town and Mary meets me there to shop the fresh items. It’s not the Beaune market, but it’s not bad and going there has become a relaxing weekend ritual for us. Mary totes me back home in the back of the pickup truck.
Here are a few photos of the local and fresh items that are available.
Fresh Michigan cherries … can’t beat ‘em.
Entertainment was provided by the Village Strings, local acoustic musicians who feature the hammered dulcimer, mandolin, fiddle and other traditional stringed instruments. Enjoy this short clip.
Here’s Mary browsing the flower selection.
Here’s our downtown Main Street … very Americana.
Boule Bakery supplies a large selection of fresh baked bread every day. They even custom make my sugar-free whole grain bread for me.
Here’s the Plymouth Coffee Bean where we buy our whole beans for daily grinding at home just before brewing. The Coffee Bean also exhibits local art and provides a venue for local musicians and poets.
Here are our fresh items for the day. Fresh sweet peas are in season and they are wonderful. We never got those fresh before we moved to Plymouth. I think the climate in the hot and humid South was inhospitable to them. They were always frozen or in a Green Giant can.
Morgan and York, our favorite deli and wine shop in nearby Ann Arbor, conducts wine tastings many Saturday afternoons.
Taking in a Tigers game in Detroit is a fun, fun evening. Gives Mary a great excuse to enjoy a hot dog and a cold one.
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