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9 Aug

Oh my. We have just returned from over a week in northern Michigan, frolicking in both the upper and lower peninsulas. We had a lovely time playing at Sleepy Bear Music Festival in Lake Ann, enjoyed a little beach time at Lake Michigan, then made our way (barely) to Marquette, up and up all the way to the Keweenaw Peninsula for Farm Block Fest. It was a time full of ups and downs, camping and bug bites, amazing music and slightly less amazing food, totally badass storms and lots of time in the car. But we’re home now, gearing up for the BIG CD RELEASE SHOW TOMORROW AT THE ARK. Brandon and I have been eating deliciousness for the last few days, trying to shove as many vegetables into our bodies as we can to make up for the lack thereof experienced on the road (it’s hard to keep veggies fresh in your cooler for that long).

As we walked into the grocery store, wondering what to make for dinner, it suddenly smacked us right in the face:

collard green wraps.

I can’t say enough about these thangs. Really, though, the only words we seem to be able to get out while eating them are “dude…so good…” and then we both just make “mind blown” faces. We’re nerds, it’s true. In fact, the first words out of my mouth during dinner tonight were simply “I love food” (sorry for not initially acknowledging the lovely candlelit table, B).

So here’s what’s up.


(Serves 2)

2 large collard green leafs

1/2 green pepper, sliced thin

1/2 small cucumber, sliced thin

a few cherry tomatoes, sliced

1/2 avocado, sliced

2 heaping Tbsp baba ghanouj or hummus

1/2 cup quinoa, cooked

1/2 brick of tempeh, cut into strips and cooked

handful of pickled carrots

handful of bean sprouts

2 Tbsp crumbled feta

To prepare the collard greens, slice them in half along the stem, removing the stem and leaving yourself with two wrap bases. Spread avocado and baba ghanouj in the center of each wrap, and pile on the toppings! I listed what I used/had around, but whatever you’re interested in would surely be delicious. Vegan burritos? Falafel and tabbouleh? Collard greens are a great (and gluten-free) replacement for tortillas or pitas in a sandwich-type situation. We used tempeh and pickled carrots from The Brinery right here in Ann Arbor, our favorite fermentation location. Both mixed well with the slight bitterness of the collard greens and all the fresh vegetables offer a very satisfying (and healthy) crunch.

What will we wrap up next?

……….that joke, surely. That’s a wrap on that joke, folks. Oh gosh, I can’t stop. Someone make it stop…oh look food pictures!


A Taste of Summer Camp

26 May
pre-summer camp hotel snuggle


So I’ve totally neglected to write from the road, which is why I downloaded this fancy iPad app in the first place. I totally forgot to take pictures (let’s chalk it up to being a newbie at this) of the impressive treats we took to Summer Camp Music Festival: multiple coolers full of yogurt, veggies, berries, and homemade hummus…the many containers of Appleseed’s own granola…20 pounds of homemade salsa…it was wonderful indeed and far healthier than the free food we found awaiting us at the festival (though perhaps I should do a post with tips for being gluten-free in places where your biggest options appear to be burgers and chili fries).

super cute but not gluten-free!


As artists, we were provided with food by the festival. However, as is true to festival food, the healthy options were limited. Brandon and I ended up ordering the portobello burger (ended up being sliced portobellos) and grilled red peppers on a bed of spinach (an easy way to make an otherwise off-limits sandwich gluten-free). It was actually pretty tasty. They threw on some cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes and we managed to avoid the cheeseburgers and hoagies otherwise on the menu. Brandon, Ben, and I had to come home after just one night performing at Summer Camp for other engagements. After scrubbing the thick coating of dirt off our skin, Brandon and I wandered downtown to Mark’s Carts and had some delicious (gluten-free) Pad Thai from The Lunch Room. It was a great way to come home.

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The Appleseed Collective are expert snackers. We love festivals and we love food. We’re excited for all the organic and local produce found at places like Hollerfest and Harvest Gathering (awesome Michigan festivals you should check out!)

We’ll share some tour snack recipes soon, but for now, what would you take on the road?

setting up camp
dressin up in our dressin room



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