Roadside Stands

Roadside stand in Northwest Michigan.


This time of year my mind wanders back in time to the wonderful memories I have of driving along with my mother and sister and spotting a roadside stand where we'd stop for sweet corn and tomatoes.

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the wonderful grocery stores we have in and around Palatine where there's a wide variety of produce from all over the world. And I do enjoy the farmers market. But I miss the excitement of stopping at Ethel's Place and Goebbert's that are all but a memory for many of us who have lived in this area for many years.    

Although these places were larger than your typical roadside stand, they had that "ma and pop" feel that I yearn for so much in the summer.

There's nothing like pulling off a paved road onto a stone covered makeshift parking lot, and hearing the gravel crack and spit under your tires.Then walking up to display after display of freshly picked peppers, corn, tomatoes and peaches. 

On a hot day, you could smell the sweetness of the melons. I need to take a drive with my husband in the near future and hope we discover a roadside stand.

For me, it just won't feel like summer if we don't .  




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Shawn June 05, 2012 at 01:52 PM
I love michigan road side stands. Peaches and Corn There is one near South Haven on Blue Star Hwy that is owned by a kid . His parents help him . It will pay for his college and later dads property taxes. Dad told me his son doesn't care for Mr.Caputo. At the growers market the rather short Mr Caputo pushed his son(even shorter) out of his way not realizing the young man was a buyer.


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