|The Jiffy grain elevators create one part of Chelsea's distinctive skyline.|
|Across from the plant, also next to the railroad tracks, the Chelsea clock tower is another distinctive landmark.|
|Before our tour, we ate lunch at the Common Grill just down the street from the plant.|
|It's lobster month in Chelsea, and my friend and I both ordered lobster rolls.|
|For dessert: Meyer lemon sorbet.|
|Here's my friend: Jeanie, from The Marmelade Gypsy blog with our Jiffy tour guide. Jeanie drove from Lansing to meet me.|
The noise level is incredible. Sometimes the floor of the plant seems to vibrate or tremble. I loved seeing and hearing the large number of machines and conveyor belts. Some machines assemble the colorful and recognizable little boxes from flat printed sheets of cardboard; other machines fold and insert the wax-paper box liners.
Elsewhere, the newly-milled flour or cornmeal is mixed with shortening, sugar, and other ingredients for corn muffins, apple muffins, brownies, pizza dough, and other mixes. Sometimes the boxes are conveyed overhead as they go from one machine to another, and sometimes they just seem to be circling endlessly around the factory floor. After the boxes of Jiffy mix are filled, they move on to be placed around 24 at a time into larger corrugated boxes. Finally, at the loading dock trucks pick them up for shipment to grocery stores across the country.
I purchased a 12-pack of various mixes, and made some Jiffy cornbread for dinner when I got home. Since the grain is grown in Michigan and the Jiffy plant is right here too, this is definitely a local food!
|I added some chopped hot pepper (grown in Michigan) and cheese on top...|