Brownwood Farms – Almost 75 Years of Cherry Butter


Brownwood Farms has been around the proverbial block.  They have been making their staple Cherry Butter for the better part of the last century.   Fruit butter are so versatile in cooking that this jar could have you whipping up a different idea every day of the week.  Hilary gave us the rundown on what it takes to run a Michigan Made company who has been doing it before there was anything but local food.

Tell us a little about yourself and the company you own/run

I’m Hilary and I work as the Business Development Manager at Brownwood Farms. I’m new
to the team, and I’m so excited at the opportunity to be working for a “Made in Michigan”
company! I have always believed in shopping as local as possible and knowing where your food comes from, so working for Brownwood Farms is a natural fit for me.

What is your location and when did you start/how long has the company been in business

Brownwood Farms is located on the east side of Traverse City. The company started over 60 years ago as a roadside stand right here in Northern Michigan. Inspired by signs along the country roads of southern Indiana offering “Apple Butter”, Mary Louis Morse set out to make some cherry butter, the first of its kind in America. Soon, she expanded from fruit butter to Famous Kream Mustard, and a variety of fruit preserves. We continue to produce those original items – fruit butters, mustards, and preserves, and have also added a variety of BBQ sauces, fruit salsas, and Simply Delicious pie filling & fruit topping.

What makes your products special/unique

What makes Brownwood Farms special to me is the fact that we haven’t changed much since Mary’s first batch of cherry butter in 1945. To this day, we source all of our fruits from
Michigan farmers. We understand that to make the best products, you must start with the best ingredients. We make all of our products in small batches, hand measured, and gently stirred. Sure there are faster ways to produce, but we aren’t interested in shortcuts because we believe in the quality and integrity of our products.

What’s the favorite part about your job?

I love that each day is different and the possibilities are endless. I love hearing how people
use our products and the memories our customers make with their favorite product. Most
importantly, I love that I love our products. It may sound silly, but not everyone is lucky enough to work for a company or sell a product that they’re really passionate about.

Where can we buy more of your products

All throughout Michigan! The best way to find stores that carry our products is to check out our Store Locator feature on our website –

What’s the best way to enjoy/eat/prepare/utilize your product

There are so many great answers to this question, it’s hard to pick just one! Right now, I can’t resist pancakes topping with our Simply Delicious Old Mission Blueberries and some homemade whip cream. When watching football, I like pretzels dipped in our Famous Kream Mustard.

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