This spring I toured the family owned Harrietta Hills Trout Farm in the small village of Harrietta, Michigan. Harrietta Hills is one of Michigan's largest privately owned trout farms. This particular fish farm has recently been environmentally verified and I believe there is only one other fish farm in MI that can boast the same. This trout farm is right in the beautiful National Manistee Forest. The farm specializes in rainbow trout, brook trout, and brown trout.
|Son & Father - Dan and Jim Vogler|
The family had to make a change and they did successfully in 2009 when they started producing fish for food. The farm found Superior Foods to do their processing and distribution. Now the farm can take their fish anywhere they wished for it to sell.
Currently some small restaurants and Spartan Stores carries their delicious trout. I am really hoping that Meijer will soon be added to that list too. Local is best and freshest, especially when it comes to fish.
|One of the ponds that the fish do their growing in|
|Trout well on their way to getting big enough to be on someone's table someday soon|
|Fresh rainbow trout fillet|
|Dan grilling fresh trout|
|My delicious lunch complete with homemade coleslaw and cheesy potatoes!|
The grilled fish reminded me of family vacations when I was a little girl. My dad would take us fishing so early in the morning and we would catch rainbow trout, bluegills and sunfish. My dad would clean the fish we'd caught, flour and season them then fry in some butter or oil. It just doesn't get any better than fresh and local!
The Harrietta Hills Trout Farm website with recipes and info: http://harriettatrout.com/home
What's your favorite fish recipe?