Sparkling Holiday Desserts & Libations

With temperatures starting to plummet in Michigan, begins the never-ending question of how will we source local ingredients throughout these fiercely cold months? What can we include in our meals that will allow us to support the local economy in the most brutal of seasons? And resoundingly, desserts appear, again and again. Opportunities abound for […]

in Dairy, Find Local Food, Holiday, Holiday Guide, Recipes, Wine

Eat your Greens! Potassium & Health

Potassium is an essential micronutrient, mineral, and an electrolyte. You can find this essential nutrient in unprocessed foods, such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds. Fortunately, this time of year is a great time to get your potassium from locally grown foods! Green veggies like broccoli, spinach, and swiss chard are all good sources, […]

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Spice it up with Curried Squash Soup!

The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market held their annual winter squash tasting recently lead by Sarah Monte of the Marquette Food Co-op. Our UP Local Food Coordinator, Alex Palzewicz, got a crash course in the plethora of winter squash available in the region. This month’s recipe comes from Sarah herself, and is a great way to […]

in Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Recipes, Upper Peninsula

Local Chefs & Ingredients Light Up the Loft

Cities that embrace art have more civic engagement, better child welfare outcomes, and lower rates of poverty. For that reason, Art in the Loft (AitL) is so much more than just a gallery in Alpena– it’s a NE Michigan community treasure. They provide a space for many area groups, such as the R.E.A.C.H. program which […]

in Drinks, Event, Find Local Food, Northeast Michigan

Cookbook Dinner Series at amical

While the busy summer season offers the adrenaline fueled urgency and kitchen frenzy we train for at amical, our favorite time of year tends to be right now.  I believe that is true for many food lovers, cooks and growers. We can all have a moment to catch our breath, take in the beauty and […]

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Feeding Neighbors by Day and Worms by Night: Luis Chen Does It All

Luis Chen is hard at work in Grand Rapids, feeding his community locally sourced produce through the YMCA Veggie Van as the Operations Manager, as well as running his own composting company, Wormies. He enjoys connecting with local farmers and bringing their produce to communities in need, as well as learning about growing healthy food […]