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Spring Newsletter Contest!

Emma Beauchamp, Event, Spring

Hello, hello! Do you feel lucky? Well? Then sign up for our SE Michigan newsletter to be entered to win a prize! Not only that, but you’ll also get the latest local food stories, recipes, and vegetable jokes delivered right to your inbox each month!

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Here’s what you could win:

• 1st Edition screen-printed TLD Apron

•A copy of our 2017 Guides to Local Food for Northern Michigan and Southeast Michigan delivered straight to your door

•$10 to either Ann Arbor Seed Co, or Nature and Nurture Seeds

Follow this link to sign up for our newsletter 

All you have to do is sign up for our Southeastern Michigan newsletter between April 15-30. Then we will contact the winner by email in early May! 

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With questions, contact Emma at emma@localdifference.org

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The Next Generation of the Traditional Farmers Market? Argus Farm Stop, L3C

Find Local Food, Guest Post, Kathy Sample, Retail, Stories

Here in Washtenaw County, we have an active, robust local food movement.  But Census Bureau statistics show some alarming stats on farms.  The average age of a farmer is 58, and new farmers have a tough time getting a foothold in this business.  

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We decided to get involved after seeing a market in Wooster, Ohio called Local Roots, which is open year round and sells product for local farms in an indoor setting.

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Fermentation Station: Adventures in Kimchi

Emma Beauchamp, Recipes, The Local Dish

Kimchi is traditionally a salted, fermented cabbage used as a condiment in many Korean dishes. What occurs in kimchi is known as lactofermentation. Through an anaerobic process (meaning without oxygen), our friendly neighborhood bacteria, lactobacillus, (named such because it was originally found in milk cultures), flourishes.

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Community Celebrates Earth Day by Expanding Local Food Production

Economy, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Melissa Orzechowski

Partridge Creek Farms is celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 by building 50 raised beds across downtown Ishpeming. But they aren’t doing it alone. More than 70 volunteers are coming from across the Upper Peninsula to help as everything at Partridge Creek Farms is a community effort.

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Wake Up from your Winter Slumber: Festival of the Angry Bear

Event, Find Local Food, Melissa Orzechowski, Specialty Producers, Spring

Welcome spring to the U.P. dressed as your favorite woodland creature drinking local beer, with local ingredients, while listening to local music at the Festival of the Angry Bear this Saturday, April 6 from 3 p.m. to midnight at the Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette.

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Stewards of the Land : Stone Coop Farm is a Quiet Tribute to Sustainability and Reinvention

Cara Catallo, Edible WOW, Find Local Food, Stories

When Joannée DeBruhl’s 21-year insurance industry job fell victim to cuts, she saw a window of opportunity in the form of establishing a church garden. DeBruhl did more than produce 2,000 pounds of vegetables for Gleaners Community Food Bank. She found her calling. DeBruhl dedicated the next year to confirming that and honing her skills at Michigan State University’s Organic Farmer Training Program.

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Where’s the (Local) Beef?

Find Local Food, Molly Stepanski, Proteins, Retail, Stories

When I woke up today, the last breakfast I thought I’d be eating was kimchi and a myriad of unique pickled items including, but not limited to: roasted brussel sprouts, rutabaga, beef heart, asparagus, carrots, pork loin, whole smelt, and eggs, just to name a few. But Scott McQuarrie, farmer and owner of the Alpena General Store (AGS), had other ideas. Scott seems to frequently be a man of business innovation, and all things food and farming.

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Spring into Health with a Vegetable Garden

Find Local Food, Gardening, Get Involved, Kelly Wilson, Learn More

Spring peepers, rain storms, crocus and daffodils. Spring has sprung! Soon, it will be time to turn over the soil and get your vegetable garden planted. Having a vegetable garden is a great way to provide yourself with affordable access to fresh food and reap many other positive health benefits!

Media Release

TLD Hires Four New Staff Members

Press Release, Tricia Phelps

For Immediate Release

Date:               March 6, 2017

Contact:          Tricia Phelps, tricia@localdifference.org  (877)373-5940

Download a PDF Version of this Media Release here.

Taste the Local Difference® Hires New Local Food Staff Covering Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY – Taste the Local Difference®, Michigan’s local-food marketing agency, has hired four new staff members representing communities around the state.

In fulfilling its mission to help sell more locally grown and produced food in Michigan, TLD has added three local food coordinators in Northeast Michigan, Southeast Michigan, and the Upper Peninsula.

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Part Three: Making A Choice for Our Community

Brian Bates, Economy, Farmers Markets, Food Policy, Guest Post, Stories

This is Part Three of a three-part series from farmer Brian Bates of Bear Creek Organic Farm in Petoskey, Michigan. This essay was delivered as part of his keynote address to attendees at the Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network’s annual Farm Route to Prosperity Summit on February 17th of this year.

In parts one and two of the essay, Bates first describes his journey On Becoming A Farmer and then begins to demonstrate the lessons of Scale and Perspective learned from hands-on experience working at large farms in the US and elsewhere.


 

Part Three: Making a Choice for Our Community

BatesSlide20I think prosperity is defined by a community’s well-being. At Bear Creek, we are invested in our community and hopefully our community in us. We won’t relocate our factory tomorrow, and in the meantime, we shop locally, bank locally, ensure locally, employ locally. We teach others how to grow, and we welcome strangers to our farm.

We celebrate the deliciousness of our food, and we respond precisely to the needs of our community.