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Biking the U.S. for M.S.

Posted by andrewm on 26th Jul 2018

Back in March, we got an email from Jerry VanStrien, a cycle-enthusiast on a mission. Jerry was about to embark on a cross-country bike trip from Kentucky to San Francisco to raise money to battle Multiple Sclerosis — and he was looking for some fuel for his team in the form of cherry love. Here’s part of his letter to us: “Hello, Mary! Bike the US for MS organizes cross-country bike trips that raise awareness for multiple sclerosis research & volunteer for patients. Last year the North ...

Tickling Our Funny Bone

Posted by andrewm on 11th Jul 2018

We had a sneaking suspicion that our Citizens are among the most clever folks around, and you proved us right! Last month we put the word out that we were looking for new quips for our legendary in-store signs, and we received ideas from more than 100 people! Our first winner was Sandra Byrnes, who submitted this little gem: “CAUTION! Free range children.”   Next up was John Love, who gave us this profound thought to ponder: "If George Washington had chopped down an apple tree, no one ...

New Charlevoix Store - A First Look

Posted by andrewm on 7th Jun 2018

After years of renovation due to a devastating fire (no one was injured), on Thursday, June 7, 2018 Cherry Republic of Charlevoix opened its doors for the first time. Here are some photos of the store as Cherry Ambassadors from far and wide prepare it for those summertime Charlevoix visitors. But photos can only do so much justice, stop by and see it for yourself! Planting flags in the exterior of our Charlevoix store. Front shot of Charlevoix store. Checkout counter in Charlevoix ...

Cherry Republic Summer Sangria

Posted by bob on 30th May 2018

Nothing screams summer fun like a pitcher of sangria. To make it scream "summer in the Republic", be sure to use some cherry wine like our Abbondanza. Here's the recipe we use. Serves 3-5 Ingredients: 1 bottle of Cherry Republic Abbondanza Wine 1 orange 1 lime 1/2 lemon 1 C Fresh sweet cherries, slightly mashed 3T Grand Marnier 1-2 T granulated sugar, depending on your taste Ice Cubes 6oz Cherry Republic Cherry Ginger Ale  Directions: Pour the wine into ...

The May Farm: Harvesting Sunlight

Posted by andrewm on 17th May 2018

It seems fitting to write a blog post about a solar grant project against the backdrop of spring’s lengthening days. The plants, animals and humans on the farm are harvesting every extra minute of daylight, faces tilted toward the sun. Our interest in solar energy was ignited by the 70’s “back to the land" movement and reading Foxfire books. Decades later it was re-ignited by the 90’s “regenerative farming” movement and reading books by Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin and Wendell Berry. Thus, ...

Sneak Peek: The Cherry Public House!

Posted by andrewm on 11th May 2018

Our new Cherry Public House is one week away from opening.  It is looking fantastic and we are so excited.   Here is a little sneak peak as we finish up the zillion final details. Here is a view from the front of the newly renovated building.  You see new windows and doors, a new patio, and a new paint color with a first coat that's looking a little bit too orange.  This renovation into a brewery and full service restaurant serving dinners, dinners, and more dinners was a big job. We ripped ...

Some Snowy Springtime Fun

Posted by andrewm on 14th Apr 2018

It snowed eight inches again last night. Here we are, halfway through April and Northern Michigan is back to winter wonderland for the second time in 10 days. We’ve had these little windows of spring that allowed us a hike on the beach last weekend. It was a mix of beautiful sandy beach to stretch out on (in our coats) and yet, just 100 yards down the beach four foot ice mounds to climb on. Here are some photos of the family and I enjoying a beach of perfect balance between winter and spring. ...

Some Northern Winter Fun

Posted by andrewm on 16th Feb 2018

        It has been a few years since our winter has been cold enough to produce abundant Lake Michigan ice.  We saw it a few days ago while hiking Pyramid Point.  I knew we would be on a beach soon to explore all the beautiful blue and winter whiteness.   There was so much variety -- from bright blue puddles like this... .... to dense pack ice that has filled Sleeping Bear Bay and half the Manitou Passage... ... to a frozen beach with big chunks of sandy ice ...

Detroit Tigers In The Republic

Posted by andrewm on 26th Jan 2018

A line of eager Detroit Tigers fans snaked through our Traverse City store and down Front Street yesterday afternoon, hoping for the chance to snap a selfie with soon-to-be Hall of Famer Alan Trammell and pitchers Shane Greene and Daniel Stumpf as the Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan rolled into Northern Michigan. The three players happily served up free samples of cherry pie, ice cream and Sour Cherry Patches for about 30 minutes, while chatting with fans and posing for photos. The spirited event ...

Now Is The Time to Protect our National Lands

Posted by andrewm on 6th Dec 2017

"National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst." -- Wallace Stegner, Writer & Historian Photo credit to Scott Thomsen. One day last week, I needed to clear my head. I stepped out of my office, jogged the short distance toward the water, and was at the Lake Michigan shoreline in minutes. I spent the next hour walking the beach, breathing in the wonder of this majestic body of fresh water, and fee ...

The 31 Days of Giving

Posted by andrewm on 1st Dec 2017

Cherry Republic is proud to announce the 50+ worthwhile recipients of our 2017 31 Days of Giving.  Our donations are focused on environmental and agricultural organizations with vision. This year, we introduce a new mission of ours --  In five years, Cherry Republic will be powered by 100% local renewable energy.  We hope to contribute to organizations that share the same values, but we all have five years to get there.  Check back each day around 12 P.M. EST as we recognize and reward a new ...

The Joy of Giving

Posted by andrewm on 17th Nov 2017

The holiday season is here, and at Cherry Republic we’ve had “joy” on our minds. The joy of living in Northern Michigan … the joy of two terrific cherry crops in a row … the joy of a successful summer and fall season (thanks to all of you). But perhaps most importantly, we are focused on the joy of giving. After all, nothing feels better than brightening someone’s world with a heartfelt gift of ruby red morsels of joy from the happy lands of Northern Michigan.   And so, with joy in our hearts ...

Introducing our Ship From Store Program

Posted by andrewm on 2nd Nov 2017

‘Ship From Store’ This Holiday Season There’s just something satisfying about plucking the perfect items from a store shelf, filling your basket to the brim, and watching while those treasures are carefully packed by Cherry Republic’s friendly staff into gift boxes, addressed, and placed in the outgoing mail. There’s no wondering if your gifts end up in the right box. No gift wrapping marathon on a wobbly card table. No grueling trip to the Post Office or UPS store. Just the satisfact ...

A Wonderful Leaf Day 2017

Posted by andrewm on 19th Oct 2017

First Stop: Grass Lake Nature Preserve I took my family to the other side of Grand Traverse Bay — to Torch Lake, Bellaire and the farms, trails, woods and wetlands of Antrim County. It took some time to persuade the boys that this switch in Leaf Day activities would be worth it. “Usually, we go exploring nature in Sleeping Bear Dunes Park for the whole day,” reasoned Colebrook. “There’s no time wasted sitting in a car.”  “It is a change,” I agreed. “You don’t have to go — you can stay in sc ...

Leaf Day Around the Republic

Posted by andrewm on 19th Oct 2017

Cherry Ambassadors around the Republic took full advantage of Leaf Day 2017. From baking with family and friends, to fishing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, to driving a semi to Kansas City for our first holiday gift show of 2017. Here are some of our favorite stories... Fishing the Pere Marquette River JP, our I.T. hero, spent his Leaf Day on a day-long guided fishing float trip down the Pere Marquette River with Steve Galbraith and world renowned fishing guide Steve Cornetet.  It was a beauti ...