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We promised you Heirloom Tomato Preserves.  In early Spring, tucked away on one of the very last pages of our catalog, we featured a photo of ten unlabeled jars in shades of orange and red and yellow and green, with a brief caption identifying those jars as Heirloom Tomato Preserves and indicating that they’d be available come Fall. It was a subtle promise, but a promise nonetheless, so we mailed our catalogs and set about keeping it.
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If you’d stepped into American Spoon’s kitchen last week, you would have been enveloped in the soft, delicate perfume of 5000 pounds of freshly picked Bartlett pears, spread out across the room in shallow trays to ripen to a fragrant golden yellow. And while you were busy breathing in that deliciously sweet scent and imagining some sort of  idyllic orchard scene, a far more practical person might have handed you a paring knife and set you to chopping, because 5000 pounds of pears demand a bit of attention.
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Last week, a berry-stained gentleman wandered into the American Spoon store in Petoskey.  He’d picked some wild blackberries in response to our ad and wasn’t quite sure where to take them.  This happens fairly often during the month or so that it takes summer to fade into fall, when blackberries grow like crazy in dense thorn-studded thickets along roadsides and abandoned railroad tracks, at the edges of fields and trails, in state parks and vacant lots, and in all sorts of wild and woodsy places.
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I don’t remember when I first tried the farm egg sandwich at the American Spoon Café but I do know that I’ve been ordering it religiously ever since.  I’m not its only fan — my friend Katie likes it so much that the Café was one of the last places she stopped in Petoskey before beginning the long drive to her new home in Montana, and she’s spent every Sunday afternoon since working in her kitchen to duplicate her favorite sandwich.  When I invited another friend to meet me for drinks, she suggested an egg sandwich at the Café instead.  “I am officially addicted to them,” she explained helplessly, then added a few mmmm sounds for emphasis.

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