Growing Opportunity in the Eastern UP’s Fields, Forests and Farmers Markets

When a small group of individuals driven by the idea of bringing a farmers market to Les Cheneaux first met, they envisioned a Friday night tourist attraction in the summers, and were able to secure an economic development grant from the Les Cheneaux Community Foundation to jumpstart the market. They didn’t expect such a strong […]

Oryana: National Co-op Month

Community can often be a word people just toss around, but when the community literally owns your business, there is no taking it lightly. Oryana Community Co-op was an idea devised on the back porch of a home in Traverse City. It came from a small group of passionate community members looking to start a […]

in Event, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Retail, Tricia Phelps

Farmers Market Find Cocktails

With all the wonderful bounty northern Michigan has to offer, it’s not only easy to eat local, it’s delicious! But why should your plate have all the fun? We love coming up with unique handcrafted cocktails, often with an unexpected twist. We believe a drink’s ingredients are the most important difference between a good drink […]

in Find Local Food, Gary and Allison Jonas, Stories

Packing Up My Knives

“All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves.” – Amelia Barr I’ve worked in a few kitchens over the years. The work is hot, messy, and involves long hours in close quarters with others. Unless you’re a celebrity chef with a TV show, there […]

in Bill Palladino, Stories