Cherry Point Market fish boil in Shelby, MI

This is a beautiful cherry doughnut from the Cherry Point Market in Shelby. I’m posting this because it’s February, and although it has thus far been a mild winter here in Michigan, I like thinking about summer. During our week at a rental cottage overlooking Lake Michigan, we had these doughnuts almost every day, and several now await their dates of execution in our freezer.

Cherry Point Market doughnut

Cherry Point Market doughnut

Cherry Point Market is a must-visit for our us on our annual stay in the Silver Lake area. Besides the doughnuts, they also have many kinds of fruit and strudels, my favorite being the outstanding cherry strudel – the cottage owner is kind enough to have one waiting for us when we arrive.

The other thing I love about Cherry Point Market is their fish boil. It’s like a small town party where dozens of people sit outside at picnic tables and chat and enjoy wine, beer, or other drinkage. (It’s a BYOB affair.) Just sit back and relax on a summer evening knowing that great food is on the way.

Before the boil

Before the boil

The main attraction is an excellent dinner of whitefish, potatoes, and onions boiled in a cauldron. They pour in an entire box of salt – I’m a salt fiend, so I love that part – but the food doesn’t taste salty at all. The proprietor explains the chemical reactions in the meal, as well as the history behind the Cherry Point fish boil.  The grand finale of the cooking process is the huge flames that boils off the oil resting on top of all that delicious food.

Fire!

Fire!

And the hot stuff is not all you get. No, no, you also get coleslaw, lemonade, and garlic toast. Oh, and a lemon. Don’t want to get scurvy.

Cherry Point fish boil

Cherry Point fish boil

And all that food is followed up with a piece of cherry pie a la mode.

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

Summer is coming (eventually), and when it does, we’ll be back in Shelby for our fish, doughnuts, and strudel.

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