Here we are already in July, and the temperatures are finally feeling like summer here in the UP. June gave growers a slow start, but now we’ve had day after day of warm weather and the occasional thunderstorm, meaning the diversity at the farmers market is growing and growing.
So, how do I recommend Michiganders beat the summer heat? Play it smooth, smoothie that is.
Growing up in Battle Creek, also known as “Cereal City”, I learned quickly how to identify myself with the breakfast aisle of any grocery store. Wild salmon, not so much. In fact, I refused to eat salmon growing up, which may have been the most confusing part about packing my bags and moving to Alaska just days after graduating from Michigan State University. Fast forward four years later and here I am, shipping top quality wild salmon from the icy waters of Alaska back home to Michigan. One of my favorite parts? My dad is the one who picks it up from the airport and delivers it directly to stores in Michigan, and with help from my mom, sells our frozen salmon portions at farmers markets around Ann Arbor and Detroit.
This is the second post of a three-part series. Before reading this, make sure you read the first post of the series here! To quickly recap, in the last article I mentioned how climate change will have unique impacts on tree fruit agriculture due to long-term growing requirements of growing perennials. This means that fruit growers also perceive unique risks from climate change, which is what this post will dive into.
Meet Andy Chae and Amy Eckert of Fisheye Farms in Detroit! Andy and Amy started their urban farm in 2015 in Detroit’s West Village, and they have since expanded to Pontiac and Detroit’s Core City. Most of their production today is at their Core City location. Fisheye Farms uses organic and sustainable practices to ensure they are growing the healthiest produce for their community members.
We are excited to introduce our two new employees at Taste the Local Difference. Annaliese Brown will serve as a West Michigan Local Food Coordinator out of Grand Rapids. Devon Wilson will serve as a Southwest Michigan Local Food Coordinator out of Battle Creek. Get to know our two new employees below!
Meet Steve DuCheney of Saskatoon Michigan Farm! “Saskatoon” Steve grows mostly Saskatoon berries and a few Honeyberries on his farm in Williamsburg, Michigan.
Festival to Take Place August 2-4, 2019
(Livonia, July 1, 2019) – Buy Michigan Now is gearing up to host the 11th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival in Downtown Northville, August 2-4, which promotes Michigan-based businesses. Limited vendor and sponsorship opportunities are still available.
“We are so excited to once again be celebrating Buy Michigan Week with a great big party in Northville,” said Lisa Diggs, founder of the Buy Michigan Now campaign. “Every year it is a delight to see people come back for their favorites and discover brand new Michigan-made products.”
10 Cents a Meal is a match grant for schools to purchase MICHIGAN grown produce and dry beans and it is currently available in five of Michigan’s ten prosperity regions. Over the past three years of the program, farmers have developed new markets for their products and school kids are consuming more healthy, Michigan grown produce. Win, win!