Detroit Sweets: The art of preservation
By Puakea Olaisha Anderson
Special to the Michigan Citizen
Anika-Kafi Grose went from being a homemaker to a productive entrepreneur. Although being a full time mom is her first job, she makes time for her business, Detroit Sweets.
“I make jam, jellies and sweet and savory treats,” says Grose.
She believes food preservation is something everyone should learn to do.
Grose says her inspiration came from the pear tree and blackberry bush in her own backyard.
“I did not want the pears to go to waste because they were delicious,” Grose said.
“I went to the library and got every book on canning and I have been canning ever since.”
For four years now, Grose has been selling her Detroit sweets from her home, as well as the Eastside Farmers Market located on Mack.
She also makes her sweet treats with produce from Eastside Farmers Market and Eastern Market.
The Eastside Farmers Market features fresh produce, baked goods, specialty foods, prepared foods, and artisan products. Cash, credit, EBT, Project FRESH, Market FRESH and Double Up Food Bucks are accepted.
“There is nothing like being in the market on a Saturday whether it is hot or cold,” says Grose. “Meeting folks form different parts of the city is fun.”
Grose is passionate about only Michigan produce.
“I make an intense grape jam, the grapes come from local farmers and I use Michigan Beach Sugar,” she said.
The winter season is Grose’s off-season for canning; she bakes mostly in the winter. The season for canning, she says, is June through October.
“I really love canning,” says Grose who called the practice, “relaxing.”
“I also love to teach people how to can,” she added.
Although her sour cream pound cake seems to be her customers’ favorite — she sells a lot of this item, Grose’s favorite dishes include her vegan banana blueberry muffins and her tomato basil jam.
“ I am always available to make homemade goods,” she told the Michigan Citizen. “So, if you are looking for a homemade cake that doesn’t taste like Costco, I am reasonable with my prices.”
For more information about Detroit Sweets visit Detroitsweets.com or call call 313.865.0288.