Tricia’s Thanksgiving Favorites

Tricia Phelps, our dedicated CEO, started off as an intern with Taste the Local Difference. She evolved into the Operations Director and became the new CEO in 2017. Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities featured a story on Tricia and the path that led her to local food and TLD. Read the story here and learn […]

in Holiday, Recipes, Thanksgiving, Tricia Phelps

Eating Locally This Winter –Even in the UP

It’s already snowed here in the U.P. a handful of times. The farmers markets have closed down until next year or retreated inside, but that doesn’t mean the season for eating locally has ended. It is possible to enjoy local food year-round, even in the U.P. The Marq, a restaurant and bar in Marquette, is […]

in Find Local Food, Melissa Orzechowski, Restaurant

TLD and MIFMA Announce Another Year of Partnership

The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) and Taste the Local Difference (TLD) have a long history of supporting the local food community in Michigan. In 2017, the organizations began partnering to exchange service benefits, providing even more support to the state’s local farms and farmers markets. Participating members/partners of either organization now receive reduced rates […]

The Daily Grind: Superior Coffee Roasting Co.

Superior Coffee Roasting Co. was formed both at the right time and the right place for the Eastern U.P.  Ron Kurnik, the President of the company saw an apparent void in this part of Michigan when it came to fresh roasted coffee when he moved there in 2010. Just two years later, he was implementing the “Field of Dreams” expression of “build […]

in Find Local Food, Ron Kurnik, Specialty Producers

As Local As It Can Get

On October 26, 2017, Thunder Bay Winery hosted a family-style dinner at their wine bar located in the historic Center Building in Alpena. Kevin Peterson, the current chef at As You Wish Gourmet Eatery and of the up and coming Red Brick Tap & Barrel Restaurant (that will be open for business in Alpena in […]

in Event, Find Local Food, Molly Stepanski

Celebrating Farm to School Month with Pop-up Farmers Markets!

Crisp apples, pumpkins, fresh cut flowers, and rainbow carrots are a few items that crowded the gym of seven elementary schools this month. Also included were guest chickens, various educational activities, smoothie bikes, and pumpkin soup samples. Students purchased flowers for their mothers, pumpkins for Halloween, and loved sampling kohlrabi and pea shoots from 9 […]

FEAST – Food Entrepreneur Accelerator and Start Up Terminal – To Launch in Inkster

DETROIT – OCT. 19, 2017 – A new initiative to help burgeoning Michigan food business entrepreneurs boost production and growth is set to begin. FEAST, LLC, which stands for Food Entrepreneur Accelerator and Start Up Terminal, is a co-packing program, developed by Eastern Market Corp. (EMC), to help local food manufacturing companies grow more quickly. […]