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Cherrywood Smoked Sea Salt Crusted Prime Rib

13th Nov 2020

Elevate your holiday prime rib roast to the next level with our Cherrywood Smoked Sea Salt. Its smoky aroma and smooth, slightly sweet taste combines with fresh garlic, rosemary, and chili powder to create the ultimate salt crust that will have your roast brimming with abundant flavor.INGREDIENTS11 oz. jar Cherrywood Smoked Sea Salt¾ cup coarsely ground black pepper1 head of garlic (peeled)½ cup rosemary2 tablespoons chile powder¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil15 pound prime rib roast ...

Boomer's Winter Getaway

Posted by Sarah M on 10th Nov 2020

A week ago, a blanket of snow covered the ground, but throughout the past few days, the weather has been spectacular, providing the perfect mix of blue skies and brilliant sunshine. The change in weather not only has us confused, but Boomer the Bear is quite baffled as well. We ran into him out on a hike the other day when he said, "I thought I was ready to sleep away the next few months, but I really just want to keep exploring!" Being in Northern Michigan, it's just a matter of time before Boo ...

Cherry Republic Named 2020 Top Workplace by Detroit Free Press

9th Nov 2020

Cherry Republic has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by The Detroit Free Press.The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.“We are so humbled to receive this award,” said Todd Ciolek, Cherry R ...

Meet Our Cherry Farmers

Posted by Mary W on 30th Oct 2020

When Bob Sutherland founded Cherry Republic in 1989, his mission was to create a company that celebrated both Michigan cherries and the hardworking men and women who plant the trees, prune the branches, harvest the fruit, and spend sleepless nights worrying about pests and weather. Meet Sarah, Nels, and Nikki -- three great examples of why we love the cherry industry. SARAH HALLSTEDTReturning to Michigan after raising their family in Indianapolis, Sarah Hallstedt and her husband, Phil, ...

Dried Cherry Apple Stuffing

Posted by Mary W. on 16th Oct 2020

This might be the year to shake things up a bit with your traditional stuffing recipe! The addition of plump dried cherries, apples, and walnuts will make your dressing moist and flavorful.Ingredients:½ cup melted butter1 cup finely chopped onion16 oz. bag herb-seasoned stuffing mix2 cups chopped red apples1 ½ cups Cherry Republic Montmorency Dried Cherries1 cup chopped walnuts32-oz. carton chicken brothDirections:Heat oven to 325°F. Grease 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Melt butter ...

Leaf Day 2020: Taking Time To Recharge

Posted by Sarah M on 13th Oct 2020

On October 19, our staff will celebrate what has now become one of our favorite days of the year: Leaf Day. All Cherry Republic locations — including our HQs, retail stores, Public House, and mail order — will be closed for the day so every employee can enjoy this unique Republic perk. Created in 2014 to take advantage of that magical-yet-fleeting season that hovers between the dog-days of summer and the biting chill of winter, this unique Cherry Republic holiday is meant to be spent out-of ...

Move Over Route 66

Posted by Mary W. on 13th Oct 2020

One of the most beautiful scenic highways in the country cuts right through the middle of the Cherry Republic. M-22 comprises 116 miles of pure driving or biking wonder. Starting north of Manistee, it hugs the Lake Michigan shoreline through Benzie County and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, making its way around the north tip of Leelanau County and eventually winding down on the eastern edge of Traverse City. Voted the Best Scenic Fall Drive by USA Today, we thought we’d share a ...

Slow Cooker Smoky Braised Ribs

Posted by Mary W. on 28th Sep 2020

Just add our Smoky Cherry Slow Cooker Sauce to your favorite short ribs, and prepare to fill your kitchen with heavenly aromas!Ingredients:Bone-in short ribs*, 2-3 lbs.Smoky Cherry Slow Cooker Sauce, one 17 oz. jarExtra virgin olive oilKosher saltDirections:Season each short ribs generously with salt. Add olive oil to frying pan and bring to a high heat. Add the short ribs and brown well, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Place short ribs in a sprayed slow cooker and cover with Smoky Cherry Sl ...

Favorite Holiday Appetizer

Posted by Mary W. on 21st Sep 2020

Every hostess needs a go-to appetizer for those last-minute gatherings over the holidays. This one isn't only easy, it's delicious and sure to become a seasonal favorite!Favorite Holiday AppetizerIngredients:- Cream Cheese, 8 oz. softened- Cherry Nut Mix, 14 oz. bag- Cherry Pepper Jelly, 9 oz. jar - Water Crackers, 1 boxDirections:Spread cream cheese in the center of a serving plate. Cover with Cherry Republic Cherry Pepper Jelly and top with crushed Cherry Republic Cherry Nut Mix. Sur ...

Frozen Cherry Berry Smoothie

8th Sep 2020

Ingredients:4 oz. bag Ruby Red Freeze Dried Cherries1 1/2 cups almond milk, skim milk, or fruit juice1 banana, sliced1 cup frozen mixed berries3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt1 tablespoon honeyFresh fruit and mint sprigs for garnishInstructions:Place all ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth. If the smoothie seems too thick, add a little more liquid. Add additional honey to taste. Pour into two glasses, and top with fresh fruit and mint sprigs. Enjoy!Visit Dinner at the Zoo for more d ...

Opening Hearts & Minds

Posted by Bob Sutherland on 4th Sep 2020

It may seem to some that Northern Michigan is far-removed from the heated debates about racial equity happening around the country. But a recent incident with our local county commission pointed a harsh spotlight on us, and it illuminated the very real need for racial education in our corner of the world.After all, while our area has very few Black residents and is not as diverse as Michigan's metropolitan areas, we are blessed to live among our Indigenous brothers and sisters -- the Grand Trave ...

Cherryaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Posted by Mary W. on 28th Aug 2020

One of our favorite summer recipes combines the cool crispness of a salad with plump Montmorency Dried Cherries and the Asian-inspired BBQ taste of our Cherryaki Sauce. Pair our Cherryaki Lettuce Wraps with a crusty loaf of bread and a chilled bottle of wine, and you have the perfect late-summer dinner.Cherryaki Chicken Lettuce WrapsINGREDIENTS:1 1/4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts2 tbsp. canola oil6 tbsp. Cherry Republic Cherryaki Sauce1 1/2 cup  shredded carrots2/3 cup M ...

Summer-Inspired Odes To Leelanau

Posted by Mary W. on 18th Aug 2020

Pictured above: Poets Evelyn and Kate ParkSince some summer visitors haven't been able to make it up north this year, we thought it would be fun to document this unique time through poetry. So in our summer catalog, we asked our Citizens to share an original poem that expresses what they would miss most about not being here this summer or (for those who were lucky enough to come up) what has meant the most about being in Northern Michigan after our social-distancing spring. Entries were acc ...

Line 5: A Direct Threat To Our Great Lakes

Posted by Bob Sutherland on 17th Aug 2020

For too long, northern Michigan lived with the threat of a massive oil spill from the Line 5 pipeline. The recent revelation that at least two more ships struck the pipeline and an anchor support failed is another reason why we must shut down Line 5 immediately.As a small business owner, I know firsthand how critical it is to protect our air, land and water. Surrounded by Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, northern Michigan’s rolling sand dunes and miles of beaches create a wonderful place inspiring ...

Different Points of View

Posted by Andrew Moore on 14th Aug 2020

At 8 a.m. Sunday morning, my wife Emily and I slipped our kayaks in the upper Boardman for our first paddle of the river. The smell of campfire lingered in the air and families were rousing for breakfast at a nearby campground. It was cool and damp, as a storm had come through hours before.The immediate quickness of the current took our slow-moving morning minds by surprise. As we settled in and our minds cleared, we took in the sights and sounds of this iconic northern Michigan waterway. Purple ...