Festival of the Forks 2017

This year the Festival was not on the brick Superior Street, but in true Albion style we adapted to the situation and made it work.  These aerial photos show a different perspective of where most of the activities were.

Schuler’s Restaurant Marshall

 

 

Schuler’s history of hospitality is closely tied to Marshall Michigan’s fame for hospitality.  Hear the story of this history as told by Hans Schuler.

 

 

Thank you to Schuler’s Restaurant of Marshall for being a sponsor of General Guide XXIV, the Local Food Edition.

 

Read more of Schuler’s history.  Source:  https://schulersrestaurant.com/about/history/

Schuler’s Restaurant’s founder, Albert Schuler, was a native of Rome, New York. The adopted son of a traveling butcher, Albert migrated to Marshall in the early 1900s. The owner of a local lunch counter and cigar shop befriended him, and after learning the trade Albert opened a similar business on Main Street in 1909.

In 1920, he purchased a hotel with a small dining room on Main Street, and named it The Albert. It was during this period that Albert became deputy sheriff. It wasn’t unusual for Albert to be summoned at the restaurant to attend to matters of the law. He would take off his apron and was out the door. Minutes or hours later, his apron was back on and it was business as usual.

In 1924, he was ready to expand his business. He sold the hotel on Main Street and purchased the Royal Hotel and Restaurant in Marshall, and changed the name to Schuler’s. He built a seven-lane bowling alley and soon the combination hotel/restaurant/bowling business became a popular gathering spot for locals and visitors.

Win Schuler, Albert’s son, joined the family business in 1934. In 1936, Win, a former high school history teacher and coach, became full owner of the restaurant while his father continued to run the hotel and serve as sheriff of Calhoun County.

In 1959, Win’s son, Hans Schuler became the third generation to join the family business.  Like his father, Hans enjoys greeting his customers. He also has an unusual ability to develop the people working on his team.

Larry Schuler, a fourth generation member of the Schuler’s Restaurant family, followed the long-standing tradition of ‘working’ at the restaurant since childhood and has been involved in the restaurant industry ever since.

Encouraged by his grandfather, Win Schuler, and father, Hans, Larry pursued a broad, well-rounded work experience in the field of hospitality management.

Larry returned to Michigan in 1986 and served as Vice President and General Manager of Schuler’s in Marshall, MI and subsequently as owner and operator of Schu’s Grill and Bar in St. Joseph. MI.

Jolly Green Junction

 

Local gifts for every season including honey, maple syrup, local eggs, beef and pork from Blight Farms, and much more.

Holiday gifts, pumpkins, morels, fresh and dried.  Cards from Michigan Prints are also available.


 

Hundreds of annual & perennial plants. Seeds, roses and garden ornaments. Christmas decor. A season for each. Morels and U-Haul, too.

Visit Jolly Green Junction’s website:

jollygreenjunction.net

Visit Jollly Green Junction on Facebook

 


Thank you to Jolly Green Junction for being a sponsor of the Local Food Edition of General Guide since 2015.

Blight Farms Local Meat

Blight Farms has been a sponsor of the Local Food Edition of General Guide since 2015.

Visit Blight Farms on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/BlightFarms/

Blight Farms is a family owned and operated crop and livestock farm in Albion, Michigan. We are proud to raise beef and pork to feed our local communities as well as those abroad.

Meat from Blight Farm is available in small quantities by visiting Jolly Green Junction.  If you would like to purchase larger quantities and selected cuts, please contact Blight Farms to arrange a visit.


 

Thank you to Blight Farms for being a sponsor of three Local Food Editions of the General Guide, from 2015 – 2017.


Also from the Blight Family is the Air BNB

Verna House Bed & Breakfast – Four-bedroom home in the country near Albion College and North Country Trail. Sleeps up to 7. Top ratings on Air BNB.


 

Albion Food Hub & Farmers’ Market

The sponsor of the Local Food Edition – May and June, has been Albion Farmers’ Market and Albion Food Hub in recent years.


From the Albion Community Foundation website on this link:

http://www.albionfoundation.org/food/profiles_albionfoodhub.php

“The Food Hub is designed to be a multi-purpose center with an emphasis on generating food-related businesses from the shared-use kitchen,” says Florence. “We’ll serve as an initial home base where small businesses can develop. Additionally, fresh local foods will be sold in the Fresh Food Market year- round, including produce, fruits, dairy, processed meat, honey, jam, vinegars, maple syrup, and hopefully, many other items.”

According to Peggy Sindt, the AEDC’s President, “Supporting food entrepreneurs is a natural extension of the Albion Economic Development Corporation’s long-standing business incubator, which has helped start several manufacturing businesses and supported a technology company. I am excited to think that our commercial kitchen will be the setting for producing great local food products for all of us to purchase and enjoy! Undertaking this initiative in partnership with the Albion Community Foundation and other local groups will be a win-win for Albion.”

“Another program component,” says Florence, “will be space for a ‘winter farmers’ market,’ or at least a fresh food exchange market during the cold months. We have garage space in the rear of the building which can be heated on market days so that buyers can have access to fresh, healthy, food directly from the farmer.” The market will be able to accept SNAP benefits, Project Fresh coupons, and Michigan Double-Up Food Bucks.”

Above, Chef Joe of the Albion Malleable Brewery has been busy testing recipes in the commercial kitchen of the Albion Food Hub.


Albion Farmers’ Market takes place on Saturdays year round.  In the warmer months, the market takes place at Stoffer Plaza.  In the cooler months, there is an indoor Farmers’ Market inside the Albion Food Hub.  Visit the Albion Farmers’ Market on Facebook by clicking here.


The Albion Food Hub and Albion Farmers’ Market sponsored the Local Food Edition General Guides in 2016 and 2017.

Farmer Market Flier 2017

 

The official Albion Farmers’ Market flier is above. You can click on it to access the pdf file that can be printed out and posted around town.
We will also post an interactive map of how to get to Stoffer Plaza, home of the Farmer’s Market, below.

General Guide XXIV May June 2017 Inside News

 

Some links from the local Food Edition of 2017 – many are to outside sources – for each of the pictures shown in the Guide above:

Albion Farmers’ Market 2017

Albion Farmers’ Market started up its outdoor location for 2017 on Saturday May 6.  Saturdays only in May 2017, and the Saturday hours are 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.  A message from the Market Director: “Thanks for all the vendors and customers that came to see us today! Next week it’s going to be even better! 🙂 We had eggs, maple syrup, chicken, pork, garden plants, flowers, baked goods, rhubarb, kale and cilantro! We also have beautiful handmade blankets and dishcloths.”

Visit Albion Farmers’ Market on Facebook by clicking this link:

https://www.facebook.com/albionmifarmersmarket/

Important reminder – Superior St is closed, but Cass and Erie Streets will be OPEN for the foreseeable future, so you can still access the Farmer’s Market. Come down Clinton St and turn left on either Cass (for the north entrance) or Erie (south entrance), go past the tattered remains of Superior St, and come on down to Market Place!

Note about photo at top – that was actually a Farmer’s Market in 2016.

Albion Farmer’s Market and Albion Food Hub is the major sponsor of General Guide XXIV – The Local Food Edition.  We will be featuring more information about Eating Fresh and Buying Local throughout the year.

 

Old Freight Depot has new owner

We are glad to see new buildings going up in Albion, but also to see new life come to an old building that had been vacant.  The old freight depot, behind the Albion Post Office, has come to life again, as Gina’s Pizza & Deli.  Gina’s was formerly located near “Five Points” on Michigan Ave, and had been closed for a few weeks early in 2017 so that she could get her new location ready for business.  The turn out has been great.