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An Excuse to Indulge: Local Harvest Restaurant Series Supports Local Farm-to-School Programming!

Bailey Samp, Benefit, Event, farm-to-table, Find Local Food, Press Release, The Local Dish

After winding down from a jam-packed summer of Certified Local Food Events, we are preparing for an exciting new fall event that highlights the Grand Traverse Region, and its enthusiasm for locally grown food!

Birmingham Corn Festival, August 14, 2016, Birmingham Farmer's Market, Birmingham, MI.

Corn Festival at the Birmingham Farmers Market

Event, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Guest Post, Press Release, Southeast Michigan

BIRMINGHAM, MI, August 4, 2017 – Celebrate one of Michigan’s sweetest harvests with games, special kids crafts, demonstrations and old-fashioned corn shelling at the Birmingham Farmers Market Corn Festival on Sunday, August 13 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy fresh prepared corn dishes including roasted corn, kettle popcorn, corn bread and other homemade recipes. The day’s top seller will be fresh roasted Michigan sweet corn.

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Don’t Forget, the ‘Farmers Market Brunch!’

Bailey Samp, Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Press Release

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Date: June 13, 2017

Contact: Bailey Samp, events@localdifference.org

Don’t Forget, the ‘Farmers Market Brunch!’

TRAVERSE CITY – Summer is here and it’s peak season for local agriculture in our beautiful region. With all the bountiful produce, our local farmers need community support — and lucky for us that support includes eating healthy delicious food.

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Return of the Red Drive Concert Series

Bailey Samp, Event, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Press Release, Uncategorized

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Date: May 22, 2017

Contact: Bailey Samp, events@localdifference.org

Return of the Red Drive Concert Series

TRAVERSE CITY – The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Left Foot Charley and Taste the Local Difference are eager to announce the return of the Red Drive Concert Series, a monthly schedule of free community concerts held at The Village on June 16th, July 21st, and August 18th from 6-9 PM. Spread out a blanket and save your place on the Piazza for these free community events!

Media Release

TLD Launches In-store Local Food Demo Program

Bill Palladino, Press Release, Retail

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Download a PDF version of this media release here.

Date:               May 17, 2017

Contact:          Bill Palladino, bill@localdifference.org  (877)373-5940

Taste the Local Difference® Launches New In-store Local Food Demo Program

TRAVERSE CITY – Taste the Local Difference®, Michigan’s local-food marketing agency, is announcing a new local food demonstration program to support Michigan value-added food producers and retailers.

In fulfilling its mission to help sell more locally grown and produced food in Michigan, TLD is formalizing a service to provide in-store food demonstrations of locally grown and made food.  TLD’s Operations Director, Tricia Phelps, says; “we’re often told by food producers that they just don’t have the time to demo, this new TLD service provides them a professional option with a passionate local focus.”

According to Fresh Trends, an annual study published by food industry newspaper, The Packer:

“86 percent of consumers who purchased a product for the first time did so as a result of a free sample.”

“In-store promotions, such as food demonstrations, enhance product identification and are an effective means of educating consumers about a product or service.” 

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Taste the Local Difference & Edible WOW announce Partnership

Edible WOW, Find Local Food, Press Release, Southeast Michigan, Tricia Phelps

SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN – Taste the Local Difference®, Michigan’s local-food marketing agency, and edibleWOW, Southeastern Michigan’s seasonal local food magazine, have announced a new partnership to support the local food economy of Southeast Michigan.

Media Release

TLD Hires Four New Staff Members

Press Release, Tricia Phelps

For Immediate Release

Date:               March 6, 2017

Contact:          Tricia Phelps, tricia@localdifference.org  (877)373-5940

Download a PDF Version of this Media Release here.

Taste the Local Difference® Hires New Local Food Staff Covering Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY – Taste the Local Difference®, Michigan’s local-food marketing agency, has hired four new staff members representing communities around the state.

In fulfilling its mission to help sell more locally grown and produced food in Michigan, TLD has added three local food coordinators in Northeast Michigan, Southeast Michigan, and the Upper Peninsula.

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New Jobs in Northeast Michigan & The Upper Peninsula

Press Release, Tricia Phelps

Date:  January 6th, 2016

Contact: Tricia Phelps, tricia@localdifference.org, (877) 562-2539

Taste the Local Difference creates jobs, hires new staff members in Northeast Michigan & the Upper Peninsula

Taste the Local Difference® (TLD) is a local food and farm marketing agency, with a mission to sell more local food in the communities they serve.

The TLD program has over 13 years of experience in marketing local farmers, farmers markets, food processors, restaurants and more. They specialize in building relationships and developing new market opportunities throughout the food system, and this local food programming, along with new jobs, is coming to Northeast Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

New staff members Molly Stepanski and Melissa Orzechowski have been hired by TLD as the regional Local Food Coordinators in Northeast Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, respectively.

TLD’s Local Food Coordinators act as voices for the regional food system, and offer a variety of customized services benefiting the local food and farming communities in their specific geographic areas. The benefits of developing a stronger local food system can lead to more jobs, a thriving regional economy and improved access to healthy food.

TLD is grateful for the support of Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG), the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD), The UP Food Exchange, Marquette Chamber of Commerce and Marquette Food Co-op. These positions were made possible with their involvement.

For more information, please contact Tricia Phelps, (877) 562-2539 tricia@localdifference.org or visit http://localdifference.org.

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MDARD Announces Specialty Crop Public Input Opportunity

Get Involved, Learn More, Press Release

For Immediate Release: December 8, 2016

Media Contact: Jessy Sielski, 517-284-5725 

To ensure effective priorities within the Michigan Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development today announced a public input opportunity, which will be held through January 12, 2017. 

The MDARD Specialty Crop Block Grant Program awards funds to projects to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan specialty crops, which include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). 

Follow this link to complete the specialty crop input questionnaire 

To submit comments, visit www.michigan.gov/mdardgrants or send them via email to mda-grants@michigan.gov. The deadline for comments is January 12, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. The input received will be considered when developing final program priorities for 2017.