Michigan Food & Agriculture


Extreme Winters
11:10 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Michigan wineries could run out of grapes

Mark Johnson at Chanteau Chantal shows the inside of a dead bud on a grapevine. It should be green but was killed by extreme winter cold.
Credit Peter Payette

Vintners in Michigan could have another disaster on their hands this year. Last year, Michigan vineyards produced about one fourth of the grapes grown in a normal season. The results could be about the same this year and that might leave wineries with little in the their cellars.

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Michigan Arts & Culture
3:25 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Introducing the Green Room: a new arts show on IPR

Parallel 45 Theater Company has an interesting twist on the classic Cyrano de Bergerac. Just three actors play every role, and the love-struck Cyrano happens to be female, and five months pregnant.
Credit Wayne Erreca

Welcome to the Green Room on Interlochen Public Radio, our new weekly arts journal. Join us to hear about the arts, artists, and performance.

Why is it called the Green Room?

A green room is a space where performers hang out between the dressing room and the stage. It's a place to relax, that usually has a couch and some snacks. So think of the Green Room on Interlochen Public Radio as your backstage pass into the world of the arts each week.

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1:12 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Forget Silicon Valley, what about the next Napa Valley in Michigan?

Michigan's reputation does not match the high quality of its wines, say Bill and Susan Braymer, owners of Laurentide Winery.

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 3:18 pm

The Next Idea

When was the last time you drank a bottle of Michigan wine? If it’s difficult to remember, you are sadly not alone.

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Great Lakes Fish
11:10 am
Thu April 9, 2015

State updates guide for safely eating fish from Michigan waters

Credit U.S. Geological Survey / http://www.usgs.gov/themes/factsheet/146-00/

Mercury levels are staying the same or increasing in the Great Lakes.

The state has just released new guidelines for safely eating Great Lakes fish. Despite the bad news about mercury, there is some good news in the report. There is evidence contamination is decreasing overall in Lake Michigan. It’s now safer to eater larger fish caught in the lake.

That’s largely because fish are less contaminated with PCBs and dioxin, two chemicals no longer in use. 

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Michigan Food & Agriculture
10:46 am
Thu April 9, 2015

It's France vs. Italy in Traverse City

Each course is served with a French and Italian wine and a French and Italian dish.
John L. Russell

If you’re a soccer fan, you probably remember the 2006 World Cup Championship between France and Italy. The contest featured a French player famously head butting an Italian, before Italy won the match in a shootout. 

That match got the owners of Trattoria Stella in Traverse City thinking, “Why don’t we do this with food?”

This year marks the eighth year the Italian restaurant has challenged a French counterpart to a friendly dinner competition.

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