Fred Dohm at his farm stand on Center Road on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Freddy Dohm at his farm stand on Center Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
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After church the other day, Freddy Dohm gave me a recipe to post, and it’s the perfect winter comfort food – Baked Beans. It uses maple syrup, so I suggest buying locally-made maple syrup right here on the Old Mission Peninsula.

Freddy sells it at his farm stand, 16625 Center Road, and Jeremiah and Tanya Warren’s Old Mission Maple is another good option, available at Wendy Warren’s farm stand, 2705 Island View Road.

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Check it out below, and if you have a favorite recipe from you or your Old Mission Peninsula ancestors, email it to me, [email protected].

By the way, Freddy is one of two OMP residents who’s in the Old Mission Coloring Book that my friend, Kris Hains and I put together. You can buy the coloring book on the OMP Store here. The other is Jim Sullivan of Sullivan’s Fruit Stand north of Mapleton. Both Jim and Freddy are longtime friends.

Uncle Freddy’s Baked Beans

Soak one pound of dried Great Northern Beans overnight, then boil in water until tender.

Transfer to a suitable baking dish and add 1/3 to 1/2 cup maple syrup. Stir to incorporate. Drizzle some ketchup on top and grace with a few strips of uncooked bacon.

Bake at 300 degrees for an hour covered, then uncover and bake until golden brown.

Freddy Dohm's Baked Bean Recipe with Maple Syrup | Jane Boursaw Photo
Freddy Dohm’s Baked Bean Recipe with Maple Syrup | Jane Boursaw Photo

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  1. I had some relation way back when this area was only a fishing village. Sorry to say I don’t have a name. Years ago I took my folks up to the area found the house, but as things go no name. Things sure have changed. I’m 85 now and I was a kid when we visited the folks there back then.


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