I had the best day ever last Thursday.
No, really. Let me explain...
Last Thursday Jeremy and I went to see what inpatient family medicine is like in Chelsea, MI. After rounding with the attending and checking out the hospital, we had a nice little lunch in town. We still had some time before afternoon clinic. After unsuccessfully looking for organic roses, we stumbled upon this sight:
THE JIFFY MIXES PLANT!!!!!!!!
I always see those blue and white boxes at the grocery store, but I had no idea that it was a Michigan company. I immediately became obsessed with the idea that we needed to go on a tour of the plant. I couldn't stop talking about it. We decided to head on over to the building and inquire about tours.
In the Jiffy office they had a cute little display of the Jiffy boxes over the years:
My excitement increased as the nice lady behind the desk called to see if there was a tour going on right then. We were in luck! There was a tour of third graders about to walk through the factor. Unfortunately, we missed the slide show on the history of Jiffy.
Jeremy and I walked around the building and met up with the group of third graders. They quizzically looked at us, probably because I couldn't stop talking about how awesome everything was. We were greeted with Jiffy sugar cookies, juice, and some awesome bouffant hats to wear inside the factor.
Yep, that's us being awesome right before going into the factory.
Unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to take pictures while inside the factory. But let me tell you, it was SO cool. Machines everywhere folding boxes, making bags, filling boxes with mix. There was an entire interstate of conveyor belts bringing boxes form area of the factory to another. I couldn't believe how much the machines did! They make a million boxes a day! Whoa! I also couldn't help but think of Adam Smith and the Wealth of Nations - I'm a historian at heart.
Anyway, I definitely recommend checking out the plant if you're in the area. Tours are free, and you get two free boxes of Jiffy Mix! I picked out brownie and banana muffin. The whole afternoon I told everyone in the office that would listen about how great the Jiffy tour was. I was tickled pink!
Today I made mini cupcake brownies from the Jiffy mix. They were super easy to make (and the mix is less than a dollar at the grocery store). I added a cup of white chocolate chips to them, but they all sank to the bottom for some reason. I topped them with a little buttercream frosting (not that it neeeded it).
Oh, and did I mention that the plant in Chelsea is the ONLY plant? That means when you see a Jiffy truck you know that it came from Michigan!
Wow, I didn't realize that I have so much Michigan pride! :)
Oh, and were you wondering what's in the tall silo?
Michigan white winter wheat!
Thanks, Jiffy, for such a fun adventure!