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Make sure your farm is counted! 2017 Census of Agriculture

Economy, Emma Beauchamp, Find Local Food, Learn More

Calling all farmers, new and old!

Be sure to register your farm with the 2017 Census of Agriculture before June 30th! 

This census occurs every 5 years and conducts a complete count of all US farms–including the smallest plots of land, rural or urban, as long as they raise or sell at least $1,000 worth of agricultural product during the census year.

What is this information used for? 

This information is used by the Census of Agriculture to influence Congress, agribusiness, policymakers, researchers, local governments and many others on the creation and funding of agricultural programs and services – decisions that can directly impact your local operations and the future of the agriculture industry for years to come.

The survey takes just a moment, so register your farm now: https://www.agcounts.usda.gov/legacy0/cgi-bin/counts

Emma Beauchamp is the Local Food Coordinator for NW Michigan and the Communications Manager for Taste the Local Difference. Contact her at emma@localdifference.org 

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Don’t Forget, the ‘Farmers Market Brunch!’

Bailey Samp, Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Press Release

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Date: June 13, 2017

Contact: Bailey Samp, events@localdifference.org

Don’t Forget, the ‘Farmers Market Brunch!’

TRAVERSE CITY – Summer is here and it’s peak season for local agriculture in our beautiful region. With all the bountiful produce, our local farmers need community support — and lucky for us that support includes eating healthy delicious food.

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MAHRG is Looking for a Partner

Economy, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Guest Post, Janice Heuer

 The Manton Area Heritage Restoration Group (MAHRG) hopes to partner with a business in need of space. This is a rare opportunity to lease a large, historic grain mill, full of rugged beauty (but in need of extensive repair.)

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Opening Time

Audrey Burritt, Event, Find Local Food, Guest Post, Retail, Stories

The clocks don’t match exactly, but we know it’s time to unlock the doors when the first eager shoppers of the day are peeking in at the gleaming seafood cases. Our team at Burritt’s has been assembling products, cutting and grinding meat, planning for the day, and straightening up for at least an hour.

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The Rebrand of Main Street Bistro

Find Local Food, Guest Post, Katie Buckler, Retail, Stories

When you hear Gaylord, people from downstate will list the golf courses they have played and the beautiful outdoor activities they have participated in. When you’re looking for the up-and-coming food scene, people tend to go more towards Traverse City or Petoskey area. We, at Main Street Bistro, are trying to change that.

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Swapping animals, plants, seeds and ideas

Economy, Get Involved, Melissa Orzechowski, Specialty Producers, Stories

A truck with a bed of chicks and rabbits pulled into the back of the Holmquist Feedmill in the small town of Trenary, in the rural central Upper Peninsula. Connie from the Great Northern Poultry and Livestock Connection, directed the driver to back up into a ring of other vehicles with everything from fertilized peacock eggs to sheep.

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Farmer 2 Farmer : Land for the Next Generation

Economy, Get Involved, Guest Post, Learn More, Sam Plotkin

The average age of farm operators in the United States is 58. In the next 20 years, an estimated 70 percent of privately owned agricultural land is expected to change hands in the US. Farmers in the Grand Traverse Region are not immune to this graying trend, as the average age of operators in this area ranges from about 55 in Kalkaska to nearly 60 in Manistee. Moreover, it is expected that around 83,000 acres of farmland in our region will change hands in coming years as well.

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Fire Up the Blowtorch! Rhubarb-Honey Crème Brûlée

Emma Beauchamp, Farmers Markets, Recipes, The Local Dish

Crème Brûlée is so much easier than you think! The hardest part was separating the eggs properly…and waiting for the custards to cool!

This month, I teamed up with my friend Julia, a FoodCorps service member in Traverse City and a former (and soon-to-be-returning) professional pastry chef at Martha’s Leelanau Table in Suttons Bay.

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Edible WOW: Cooking Fresh this Summer

Economy, Edible WOW, Find Local Food, Guest Post, Recipes, Southeast Michigan

Protect your health and environment by making conscientious food choices. According to the Center for science in the Public interest, “eating healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way” is important to repair our food system. spending some of your food dollars on food produced locally secures our food system by decreasing pollution from long-haul transportation and health scares created by cheap, industrial-scale agriculture. The advantage of knowing where your food comes from, who grows it and how they treat the land, and knowing your money is going right back into your community is significant. The freshest, ripest, best-tasting foods are easy to find right now at your local farmers’ markets and community farms.

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Finding Local Food at the Fenton Farmers Market

Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Guest Post, Sherie Peruski, Southeast Michigan

The Fenton Farmers Market focuses on local produce and artisans. All products must be grown or made in Michigan.

Weekly there are from 50 to 70 vendors featuring a huge variety of products such as fresh produce, handmade body products, many talented artisans, a variety of crafted food products, local wine and so much more. The market is located in the parking lot of the Fenton Community and Cultural Center 150 S. Leroy St. Fenton Mi. 48430.

The market runs from June 22 thru September 21, each Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Sponsored by Fenton DDA and Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation.
We take vendor applications throughout the entire season.

Sherie Peruski is the Market Manager for the Fenton and Linden Farmers Markets as well as the Facility Manager for the Fenton Community Center. Contact for more information at 810-714-2011 or speruski@slpr.net