At the beginning of the summer, Nicolas and I had the joyous opportunity to travel to his hometown, Traverse City, Michigan. “TC,” as it is affectionately called, is a veritable garden of food and wine producers, most of which are sustainable, ethical enterprises. We had the opportunity to meet with many of them, including this wonderful woman, Mimi Wheeler, the owner and founder of Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate. You must read her story.
She uses Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolate, which has fair trade values and is sustainably produced, and she grows many of her own herbs and flowers, too. Mimi uses Star Thistle Honey (which is locally harvested) to sweeten many of her bonbons. Nicolas and I were lucky enough to purchase some at the food co-op there. It was so good that we had half a quart gone by the time we left!
One of things we liked best about visiting with Mimi was her story about herself and several other woman from the area putting together a micro-loan to help a Quechua Indian woman start a business of her own. To learn more, check out the videos. Enjoy! We sure did!
Oh, and Nicolas and I HIGHLY recommend you order some of her chocolates online. Nicolas and I both loved the Sea Salt Caramels and the Apricot Truffle, a dark bonbon with chocolate apricot filling and a hint of orange zest. Find out more at: grocersdaughter.com
Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate Part I
Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate Part II