A sweet deal: Company gives sugar a fair shake

HONOR - Food For Thought is putting fair trade sugars in all of its preserves, making it the first purveyor of Fair Trade-Certified preserves in the United States.This is a natural evolution for the northern Michigan-based organic foods company, which is committed to the use...

Owners hit pay dirt in worm business

BENZIE COUNTY - Every four days, 2,400 pounds of organic waste-from coffee grounds to shredded office paper-is being recycled by over two million worms and creating over 100 tons of the best organic fertilizer available. Three years ago, Benzie Organic Solutions owners Tim Quick and...

Fresh faces bring new life to Benzie buildings

BENZIE COUNTY - The Mayfair Tavern, a Benzie County restaurant and gathering place since the 1930s, is reopening this month under new owners.Long part of the restaurant business, Heather and Bill Frary bring new energy to the Elberta establishment, while keeping the menu and d├ęcor...

State helps lodges get with the (green) program

REGION - The next time you go to Crystal Mountain or the Bayshore Resort, you might not notice right away you're in a certified "green lodge."But both resorts took part in a pilot program earlier this year to help a establish a statewide Green Lodging...

Grant will help renovate Elberta waterfront

BENZIE CO. - The Village of Elberta is poised for a new era, thanks to a Brownfield redevelopment project on its waterfront. Nearly $1 million from a state grant and loan, given in May, will be used to address environmental concerns and allow development of...

Changes in Benzie

- Bay Chrysler Jeep Dodge has taken over the former Case & Watson Chrysler dealership in Benzonia. Still in the same location and offering a full line of cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans. Call 231-882-4417.- Crystal Rentals, Inc. has moved from Benzonia to 11780 Chippewa...