Mary Beth Bower
708 Ralston Road
Colon, MI 49040


Tom Smith

I was getting supper started and then realized I needed to get my article for the Grange News in soon. Well, supper comes first so I finished grilling my lamb burgers, added a fried egg, mayo and sliced pickled beets and thought about doing the article on burgers. And by the way, don’t laugh at my burger till you have tried one. Awesome!

Burger Trivia
Anyways, here is some burger trivia for you to digest.
The average American eats about three burgers a week, for a grand total of nearly fifty billion burgers a year.
It has been published there are more than fifty thousand burger joints in America. They generate about 73 billion dollars in business each year.
Beef is by far the burger of choice for Americans but pretty much anything can be used such as lamb, pork, turkey, portabella mushrooms and black bean patties.
The first burger chain started in Wichita, Kansas in 1921, White Castle. The sliders were only five cents and served with onion and pickle. The burgers are steam fried and are square, so the cooks can pack the grill with precision.

Toppings and More

  • 45% of burgers sold are eight ounce patties
  • The most popular cheese is American, followed closely by ched-dar.
  • 45% of buns served are Brioche.
  • Ketchup is the most popular sauce, followed by mayonnaise.
  • Tomato and lettuce are in a dead heat for favorite vegetable top-ping. Surprisingly, mushrooms are the third most popular veg-gie choice on a burger and then comes the onion.
  • Bacon kicks every other protein’s butt, with chili and pulled pork coming in a very distant second and third.
  • 62% of places surveyed used pre formed patties...thankfully, 27% do it the right way and hand form their patties.
  • Smashed burgers are on the rise, with 7% reporting that was their preferred method.
  • 60% of places use ground chuck in their burgers.
  • 31% use certified angus beef.
  • 5% use certified grass fed beef.
  • 52% of customers request their burger medium.
  • May 28 is National Hamburger Day.
  • September 18 is National Cheeseburger day.
  • September 15 is National double Cheeseburger day.
  • May is National Hamburger Month.
Let’s Go to Caseville, Michigan! Every year, Caseville hosts the cheeseburger in Caseville Festival. The 2017 Festival is August 11-20 and features concerts, fireworks and the popular Parade of tropical fools, which attracts nearly 80,000 people every year.

And now if you’ll excuse me, back to my lamb burger and fries.

State Convention

The 2017 Michigan State Grange Convention is coming up quickly, will you be represented? All Granges have some members who are entitled to advance in their degrees and should attend. There are all the contests available to challenge your talents and creativity, and you certainly should be represented by delegates to chart legislative policy and Grange direction for the coming years. The simple answer to all of this is read your program books, read the Grange News and listen at Grange when communications are read. So many problems could avoided if we would all just communicate a little better in all forms.

There, I’m down off my pedestal for now. Please do a final push for entries in the Family Activities Department. Your interest and participation is what determines what will be in the next program book. And a special push is needed for entries in the quilt contest to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Grange. 

Remember, with the shortened session, it is imperative to have your entries registered in time for judging.
Please check the schedule for accurate times and locations.

Farmer's Market

​​A Farmer’s Market is likely coming to a field or parking lot near you—if there isn’t already one operating
nearby. The USDA says that between the years 2008 and 2013 the number of farmers markets doubled nationwide.

​Buyers who are not familiar with farmers markets can look at these seven reason to give them a try:
  1. Food at farm markets tend to be limited to in season offerings. Some nutritionists suggest eating seasonally available foods is better for your body, because humans ate seasonal produce for thousands of years before shipping and refrigeration changed how people got their food. Also, many people feel that fresh, seasonal foods taste better than the alternatives.
  2. Discover new foods. There is always something new at a farmers market and this can entice shoppers to expand their taste buds. Explore interesting, locally grown items. Even kids may fall in love with colorful fruits and veggies and their refreshing tastes.
  3. Embrace organic and non GMO offerings. Many farm markets offer foods that are organically grown and produced without GMO’s. Farm Market retailers also tend to give first hand accounts of where their foods come from and how they are grown or raised.
  4. Indulge in nutritious foods. The vivid colors and smells emanating from farmers markets indicate just how fresh and nutritious the offerings tend to be. Farmers who peddle their wares at markets adhere to careful farming methods to ensure their foods are as nutritious as possible.
  5. Learn secrets and recipes. In addition to fresh produce, farmers markets may offer baked and other prepared goods. Shopkeepers often mingle with their customers, offering trade secrets and recipe ideas, and, local farm families supported by farmers markets generally offer supreme customer service to keep shoppers coming back week after week.
  6. Turn the trip into a social excursion. A farmers market can be an exciting and flavorful social gathering place for families and groups of friends, as well as a great place to meet other members of the community. Sometimes farmers also mingle with local artisan, so the market can be a one stop shopping locale for locally produced food and art.
  7. Save Money. Farmers markets may well sell organic produce at a cost comparable or even lower than other retailers. That’s because local farmers do not have to transport their items as far as other retailers whose foods were shipped in from far away places and picked prematurely.  Any time of year is perfect for grabbing a tote bag and browsing the wares at a nearby farmers market, where shoppers are bound to find something fresh, unique and delicious!