Sweet Sebewaing

Sebewaing

Sebewaing Michigan is a town of approximately 1,800 people situated on the shore of Saginaw Bay. Historically this settlement has been in existence for 100’s of years before white settlers as it was a well known fishing and hunting area for the Anishinaabeg group of Indigenous Peoples in North America. 

Today it’s one of the sweetest towns Michigan’s Thumb. Known as the Sugar Beet Capital, due to the Michigan Sugar mill located within the village and the yearly Michigan Sugar Festival. The Sebewaing area, the Thumb, and the state of Michigan overall are major beet sugar growers and producers. 

The town also was home to Sebewaing Brewing Company which operated until 1966. The cans, beer cases and other memorabilia are known for their collectability. The town is one of our last stops for the M-25 Road Trip – Riding the Ribbon Around the Thumb.


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Michigan’s Thumb is Black Bean Headquarters

Michigan Black Beans

Black Beans are medium to small, oval shaped beans with a shiny black coat or skin, a small white eye or spot (called a “keel,”) a creamy white interior, and a pleasant mushroom-like flavor which some cooks have described as “earthy” or “meaty.”

According to the Michigan Bean Commission, Michigan is internationally known as an excellent supplier of high quality dry beans. The climate, with rich, well drained, loamy soil, moderate daytime temperatures, and cool evenings are suited for bean production. Michigan is the top state in production of Black Beans, Cranberry Beans, and Small Red Beans. IN 2019 Michigan ranked third behind Minnesota and North Dakota in overall bean production.

Mexico is Michigan’s largest export market, largely made up of but not limited to high quality, Michigan black beans. In Michigan’s Upper Thumb the town of Kinde was once known has the bean capital of Michigan.

Farmers have found that dry bean crops like black and kidney beans are reliably profitable. However bean growers have a long-term capital investment in specialized harvest equipment. In addition, there is no subsidization by the U.S. farm program, and they are susceptible to damage from wet weather which has been prevalent in Michigan. Thus its considered a higher risk, commodity but can yield high profits. Its considered a good yield at 2,500 pounds per acre


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Ora Labora Colony

Ora Labora is an educational and research site dedicated to the recognition of the German Colony. Our goal is to provide verifiable and primary source information on the formation, operation and demise of the colony. In addition to its educational purpose we are striving to gain the required funding and recognition from the State of Michigan to provide a historical marker near the site of Ora Labora on Wild Fowl Bay in Huron County, Michigan.

ThumbWind

Thumbwind is a personal project to show the highlights of a true gem in the backyard of Metro-Detroit. It wasn’t too many years ago when a working blue-collar family could purchase a lot and park a camper or build a cottage near the shores of  beautiful Saginaw Bay in the Upper Thumb. At almost at the same time family’s could expect a lively hood from the family farm in Huron County. As pioneer homesteaders in Huron County my family had both.  Now, several  generations later those family farms and rustic cottages are waning in favor of turning this land into a Green-Zone example for industrial energy production and a corporate farming enterprise that only pollutes and spoils the Tip-o’ the Thumb”.