At the End of the Road

in the Middle of Nowhere

My grandpa was a peppermint farmer in the late 1940s in a tiny coastal Michigan town.  The deep connection to the land, and the group effort among family and friends made this a fun and prosperous time for them.  To understand the process I went to this place, and sat down with our dear family friend, Malcolm – who still lives in the house that neighboured my grandpa’s.  As we shuffled through my old family photos, Malcolm explained the entire process:  from planting the mint roots, hoeing the row mint by hand, harvesting and stomping it into the big metal tub, then distilling and drawing the essential oil.

Press the play button, then click on the first image in the gallery below and toggle through the images as Malcolm explains the mint process.