Circumstances may have moved Jessica from her home in Michigan, but she still remembers all of the things she loves about it, and can’t wait to move back!
You know the saying, “You never knew what you’ve got till it’s gone”? Well, I can attest to the truth of this statement wholeheartedly. As a current North Carolina resident and a Michigan native, I’ve found myself itching to get back to the place I still identify with as home.
Tim Chilcote, a freelance writer and a Great Lakes enthusiast, takes us on a visit to the DeKlein family orchard. Get your taste buds ready, because it’s time for chestnuts!
Mark DeKlein is heir to DeKlein Orchards, a family-run chestnut farm located southwest of Grand Rapids. I first met Mark at a tailgate in East Lansing when this former Sparty mascot arrived on campus with a burlap sack and a homemade roaster, an old keg with Roasted Chestnuts painted on the side.