**Guest Post, written by Lisa Brookfield**
We are having a crazy good fall up North in beautiful, Leelanau County, Michigan. The leaves are turning their glorious golds, oranges and reds and the sun is shining. It is a wonderful time of year to be living in our neck of the woods. The roads are quieter, beaches and trails empty out with still comfortable outdoor weather. It is a time for cyclists, hikers and tourers. The wineries are bringing in the grapes and the tasting rooms are humming with visitors. It remains a busy time of year but, feels less hurried. It is a time of year when locals pause and enjoy the spaciousness and beauty of rural living. As a Leelanau County native, I relish the autumn, when we can slow down and reconnect with folks we might have lost touch with in the busyness of summer. We have a little more time for each other. I find my visits at The Redheads Cafe & Tasting Room lengthen a bit with the crowds of summer fading. I work on social media and marketing for The Redheads and make weekly visits to talk shop and also to pick up The Maple Granola, which my husband has formed a bond with- in that he must have it on hand, always. In the summer, it’s all business. We talk about the schedules and I pay for my granola. Come October, I take a little time to chat with Sarah and her staff. We talk about soup recipes. The Redheads make some sassy soups. We catch up on how the kids are doing back in school and we talk about our businesses and how they are growing and expanding. It turns out we aren’t the only ones in love with The Redheads Maple Granola and other fine foods, demand for The Redheads products are growing and the reach of this Leelanau County business is growing its base in Southern Michigan and expanding into the surrounding states. You can read about it here. And here. They have been getting a lot of press. And this thrills me, not just because I work with the company. But, also because I know the company. I know Sarah and have for a long time. I know her staff, Kerry, Jamie and Craig. We talk about soup and kids and meaningful success. I know how hard they have worked to get the beautifully crafted, delicious foods out to their customers. And it is a celebration for us all to see a small town business thrive, driven by passion and good people. You can see that on the company’s facebook page, where it is filled with warm, good-wishes and congratulations. There is something about this area that welcomes and encourages the entrepreneurial spirit and I’m so glad for that, especially if it means I don’t have to cook breakfast.
**Lisa Brookfield is a freelance writer, among other things. You can read more from Lisa on her blog Badass Snowflake.