Stuart Lavalier spoke to us this week from the strawberry patch at his u-pick business--Lavalier's Berry Patch and Orchard in Grand Rapids. It was June 27th, the morning of the first day of the 2018 strawberry season. When he picked up the phone, helpers were picking boxes of berries for customers who prefer to buy their berries ready-picked. The birds were singing. Anticipation was in the air.
Frank Gatusky of Grand Rapids joined Heidi and John to share a breakfast waffle from the toaster, smothered in syrup. He did seem intrigued about Heidi's suggestion to add fruit and whip before the gallons of syrup. Frank also admitted that the upcoming birth of twins at his house is a bit concerning. All in all, though, he seemed to have everything under control.
We spoke with Ellen Cashman from the Ely Chamber of Commerce about the upcoming Blueberry & Art Festival in Ely! It's going on this weekend - Friday afternoon and all day Saturday and Sunday. There seems to be something for everyone, so if you're out and about, check it out.