Feed the Need: In Search of Hunger Heroes!

Get Involved, Learn More, Molly Stepanski, Stories

In Michigan, 1,369,250 people are struggling with hunger – and of them, 345,130 are children. In fact, according to the Feeding America network’s 2017 study, people facing hunger in Michigan are estimated to report needing $652,838,000 more per year to meet their food needs.

Know Your Farmer: Piggly Petals Flower Farm

Agriculture, Julia Linder, Know Your Farmer, Specialty Producers

Meet Carmen and Sherri, the mother-daughter duo behind the beautiful blooms from Piggly Petals Flowers Farm! Piggly Petals was established just last year in 2018. Together, Carmen and Sherri grow both annuals and perennials on their Belleville farm.

Neither Carmen nor Sherri ever imagined they would once be flower farmers. 

Thinking Fall: Pork, Potatoes & Peas

Alex Palzewicz, Find Local Food, Local Ingredients, Recipes

Here in the Upper Peninsula the nights are getting chilly again, which means we all are busy soaking up what’s left summer. Kayaking, hiking, biking and event after event keep us gone from sunrise to sunset – and all that fun can really build up an appetite. This meal is simple, yet will help you regain strength for day after day of fun in the sun!

Get to the Farm! Central UP Farm Tours

Agriculture, Alex Palzewicz, Upper Peninsula

Every farm visit is unique, but the one common denominator is that you’ll always leave with a deeper appreciation for food and those who work so hard to provide it to us. Luckily for those of you in and around the Central Upper Peninsula, there are tons of opportunities coming up that will get you to the farm! 

Taco Champions: Torti Taco

Devon Wilson, Local Ingredients, restaurant

Javier Fortoso, the owner of Torti Taco, built his company on high moral and ethical values. Using local food sources has been a priority of Fortoso’s since he opened and you can taste the difference in his products. In 2018, Torti Taco took 1st place at Kalamazoo’s Tacos And Tequila festival and Detroit’s Taco Showdown! It was their first time attending both events.

Combating Climate Change: Creating Climate-resilient Orchards

Agriculture, Climate Change, Environment, Julia Linder, Learn More

In my previous post of this Climate Change series, (see the first and second post here), I discussed how tree fruit growers in Michigan are faced with adapting to a “new normal” due to climate change. Pest and disease profiles are shifting, frost dates are less predictable, and precipitation is becoming more erratic. Growers adapt to these changes by implementing management strategies like wind machines and irrigation systems. 

National Farmers Union Hosting D.C. Fly-In

Agriculture, Environment, Find Local Food, Kristine Ranger, Learn More

Michigan Farmers Union is seeking participants to advocate for family farmers and their communities by joining members from across the country in Washington, D.C., September 8th-11th for the 2019 Fall Legislative Fly-In.

Louise Earl Butcher: Quality & Community in West Michigan

Annaliese Brown, Eat Local, Find Local Food, Grand Rapids, Retail, Specialty Producers

The vast majority of chicken we purchase and consume in the United States is from a breed known as the Cornish Cross. The hybrid was first developed after World War II, carefully selected for the trait that has come to define it — its phenomenal rate of growth. Most Cornish Cross birds we eat are slaughtered at five to seven weeks of age. This rapid growth rate, combined with the disproportionate amount of white meat the bird produces, is precisely why the Cornish Cross is so ubiquitous. It dominates grocery store coolers, restaurant menus, and poultry barns across the country. 

Despite the economic advantages of the Cornish Cross, a butcher shop in Grand Rapids is working to bring customers something different. Husband-and-wife team Matt Smith and Cyndi Esch opened Louise Earl Butcher in January of 2012. Louise Earl is a full-service butcher shop that sells grass-fed and finished beef, heritage pork, and pastured lamb and chicken, alongside a variety of dry goods and specialty products. Smith and Esch are lifelong residents of Grand Rapids that first met working in the food and beverage industry in the 90’s, and have spent their time since building a community around food. 

Detroit Foodie Fair to be a Certified Local Food Event

Detroit, Event, Find Local Food, Kelly Wilson

It’s Sunday morning and the Eastern Market, one of the nation’s oldest urban markets is teeming with visitors. Shoppers pack the market sheds and weave in and out of market stalls sipping coffee, trying on unique jewelry, and perusing locally made art. Detroit area food artisans sample their products and the air is filled with delicious scents wafting from several food trucks. On September 22, The Detroit Foodie Fair will be adding to the fun!