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As Spring has gradually returned to Northern Michigan, so too have visitors.  They arrive in much the same way:  subtly but steadily, until suddenly everything is green and suddenly there are people!  People from Detroit and Ann Arbor, people from Chicago and Indianapolis and Ohio, even people from California and my own home state of Virginia.  All week long I’ve been chatting with these new people, and every one of them has been overwhelmed by the beauty of orchards in blossom.
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With snow in the forecast for this weekend our hopes for an early Spring have been dampened a bit, but for weeks now Northern Michigan has been graced with lengthening light-filled days, days of warmth and sunshine and bright blue skies — the kind of days that wake up dormant trees and send sap coursing through Art Currey’s 70 acres of sugar maples.
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American Spoon’s Spring catalog should arrive at your home sometime next week, and because so many of our customers tell us how much they love reading each season’s letter from Justin, we thought we’d share this Spring’s letter here. Enjoy!

Greetings from the Northern Fruitlands.

Someday soon another Spring will sweep into the Northern Fruitlands all sun and warmth and smiles as if we hadn’t been waiting interminable weeks for its arrival. Immersed in the warming air as it moves through the orchards, we will hear the humming of ten thousand circling bees catching the scent of a million sun struck blooms. Before there is fruit there must be flowers, and, in May, here among the green rolling hills, the land around every bend greets the eyes with such an embarrassment of blossoms that laughter erupting amid gasps of amazement is the most common response. Each tree is an immaculate white or pink popcorn bouquet held up to the sky so that, viewed at the perfect moment, a sunlit orchard climbing a hillside to the horizon can dissolve the differences between the celestial and the earthly heavens and rival the very clouds.

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