Central Provisions + Sweet Heather Anne

You’ve met Abby.  (Remember, she’s wildly talented?)  She does it all – answers phones, bakes tasty cakes, makes magical pop-up dinners.  All of us here at Sweet Heather Anne are big fans.  We are also big fans of her food, which goes by the name Central Provisions.  The company was born in San Francisco a few years ago and is co-owned with her partner and cheese monger extraordinaire, Steve.  She’s relentlessly dedicated to seasonal, local ingredients and fresh flavors, and her attention to detail is extraordinary.  She and Steve are currently looking for investors for their brick-and-mortar larder, but in the mean time they continue to delight with special pop-up dinners, tasting classes, and now this — the summer picnic basket.

Abby says the picnic baskets have been her most special project to date.  They are full of beautiful food created almost entirely from Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market veggies, and include special Sweet Heather Anne macarons.  The most wonderful thing is that they become a magical pop-up dinner for two wherever they land.   Where will you be when you taste Central Provisions food next?  Don’t wait too long.  It’s so good.

Enjoy this picnic basket photo story by our beautiful friend, Cat.  Cat and her husband operate Sunset Cove Bed & Breakfast, a charming wedding venue in Livingston County.

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Follow Central Provisions on Facebook or Instagram for upcoming menus. To order your basket for September 13th, email centralprovisions@gmail.com.

 

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Happy Pie Day

The Wednesday market before Thanksgiving has become one of our favorite days at The Ann Arbor Farmers Market.   It’s come to represent a final adieu to the fall, and a pleasant welcome to the winter.

Heather and I agree that it’s hard not to smile after working there– It was an unusually beautiful November day, everybody who stopped by was super positive, and there was a sense of community among the vendors.

I’ve dedicated this post to sharing scenes from my day, as I walked around collecting some last minute treats for holiday entertaining.  I’m especially excited to share with you some of our favorite friends at The Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market.

We chose to bring a few six-inch cakes in pumpkin and chocolate praline, a variety of fall cookies, and a whole lot of our Tantre pumpkin pies.

This is the view of our booth, with our favorite Michigan Radio producer, Zoe Clark.  We were lucky enough be hired to bake her wedding cake last summer, and Heather and I share a moment whenever we hear her on the radio.  We’re quite proud.

We also love her mom, Lisa, who, together with her husband, Jeff, is responsible for keeping Selma Cafe an ongoing community project.  If you haven’t been to this pop up cafe at their home, it’s worth going at least once.  We’ll certainly bug you about it again before February 3 when the ladies (and gent) of Sweet Heather Anne are scheduled to cook.

First on my shopping list was a 1/2 peck of apples.  I decided a couple fruit pies would be nice to supplement the staple pumpkin and pecan.  I’ve never had as good of luck as when I get a mixed bag.  That way, I’m able to get a variety of apples with delicious flavor and ones that will hold up a better in the oven.

Just after paying for my apples, I walked by Lizzie from Wasem Fruit Farm.  They have our absolute favorite snacking apples, Green Russet, so I had to get some more!  I’ve never seen them from any other farm.  They are very firm, sweet, and tart, with a wonderfully complex flavor.  It’s a good thing I brought two large shopping bags!

It’s been a while since I’ve been up early enough to get to the Market before work on Wednesday, so It’s been a while since I’ve had kimchee from The Brinery… I just can’t seem to keep it around very long.  I eat it with everything, and sometimes on it’s own.  It’s definitely my favorite flavorful booster for my staple fried egg and toast.

Plus, David is a joy to run into.  His enthusiasm is simply contagious.

This is a shot of the greens from Seeley Farm.. Their spicy mix is delicious and beautiful..  In the summer they even include small, edible flowers.

A trip to the Market wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Durham’s Tracklements, just around the corner.  They have limited hours, so making it downtown while they’re open is a real treat.  Taylor, fish smoker and patee chef extraordinaire, worked with us until just recently (and hopefully she’ll make a guest appearance or two).

She served T.R.’s smoked trout at at a dinner party recently, and I’ve been dreaming about it ever since.  And since the smoked salmon isn’t available anymore at Beezy’s, I REALLY needed to stop in.

Before heading home, I made sure to let Heather have a break for an eat sandwich..  While I was manning the booth, Nicole of Nicole Ladonne Photography, who’s been volunteering with us, stopped in, and Rachel, our business manager, with her mother and grandmother!

We all left for Thanksgiving with a big smile… I hope you had as joyful a holiday as we did!