Village at GT Commons Farmers Market Prepares to go Indoors

Diana Jelenek, Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Guest Post, Meg Gutowski, Stories

Nestled in the heart of the Grand Traverse Commons is The Village at Grand Traverse Commons Farmers Market. The Outdoor Market runs every Monday from 12pm-4pm in the warmer months on the Piazza beginning the fourth week in May through the second week in October. The Indoor Market begins the first Saturday in November from 10am-2pm and runs through April.

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Garlic Lovers Unite!: 3rd Annual Crosshatch Garlic Auction

Benefit, Event, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Guest Post, Mollie Thomas, Stories

The Third Annual Crosshatch Garlic Auction is just around the corner. This annual event serves two very important purposes: to fundraise for Crosshatch’s sustainable food & farming programming and to celebrate the farmers, food producers, and eaters that make NW Lower Michigan what it is.

Join us October 15 for an evening of good food, good cheer, and good friends. Featuring both a silent auction and live auction, bluegrass music for listening and dancing, and a live judging of garlic grown from area farmers competing for the coveted “Best in Show” award. Attendees will get the chance to taste the judged garlic entries along with the jury.

The top 6 winning garlic lots will be sold off by Bill Collins in a spirited live auction. The garlic will be coupled with other gifts, like an Electra Cruiser Bike, a 2-night stay with meals included at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, two lift tickets for Boyne Mountain Resort or Boyne Highlands, a set of full inoculated shiitake mushroom logs, and more.

Start off the night with some garlic-y appetizers from Frog Hollow Farm, Crooked Tree Breadworks, and The Redheads, while you peruse the silent auction. Then enjoy an autumnal jambalaya dinner featuring locally grown and produced grain from Grand Traverse Culinary Oils & Flours prepared by the chefs at Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen. We’ll even have some garlic-themed desserts, thanks to the creative cooks at Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate. A cash bar will also be available.

The Garlic Auction takes place at the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall and is sure to be a warm, welcoming event. Come out and celebrate our region’s robust food & farming culture and take home some award-winning garlic while you’re at it. Mark your calendars for October 15 from 5-10pm. Tickets are $25 in advance, or buy a whole table for 8 at a discounted price of $20/ticket. Call Jeannie at 231-622-5252 with any questions.

This event is made possible by generous support from: Cherry Capital Foods, Grain Train Natural Foods Markets, Oryana Community Co-op, SNAP Printing, Applesauce Inn Bed & Breakfast, Edible Grande Traverse, and Taste the Local Difference.  

Mollie Thomas is the Communications and Development Coordinator for Crosshatch Arts and Ecology Center. You can reach her at mollie@crosshatch.org  


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A Healthy Community is Growing at the Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace

Amanda Edmonds, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Guest Post, Retail, Stories


Growing Hope’s Tuesday afternoon farmers market — held at their still-under-development Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace at 16 S. Washington Street in Downtown Ypsi — is moving indoors for the first time this fall.

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Buchan’s Blueberry Hill

Farmers Markets, Kyle Huggett, Stories

Just as the sun broke the horizon I arrived to Buchan’s Blueberry Hill–the morning dew still fresh on the acres of blueberry bushes. Ben Buchan rode up on his ATV and Lori Buchan stepped out of the industrial kitchen with a welcoming smile. The pair wasted no time in greeting us and offering a tour of their land.


Evergreen Market

Find Local Food, Stories, Tricia Phelps

Evergreen Market is well known for being a local food marketplace, specializing in Michigan-made products. Fresh produce, local honey, beer and wine—you name it. In fact, Evergreen’s ready-made items are also a specialty. They produce a wide variety of easy weeknight meals and ready-to-go lunch offerings, even fresh baked pies for dessert!

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Norconk Farm

Farmers Markets, Juliana Lisuk, Stories

Harry Norconk is weighing asparagus when I arrive at Norconk Farms. Asparagus season is in full swing and he doesn’t have time to sit and chat, so instead we hop onto an RTV and drive out to the fields to pick up crates of freshly harvested asparagus. Driving around the farm we pass acres of asparagus stalks popping up out of the ground waiting to be harvested. Out in the field workers ride along the rows snapping spear after spear out of the ground and sorting into crates to be washed, weighed and packed.


Julienne Tomatoes

Christina Carson, Find Local Food, Stories, The Local Dish

Julienne Tomatoes has been serving great food featuring local ingredients since 2003, long before most downtown Petoskey restaurants were listing local producers on their menus. Owner and Chef, Julie Adams, wanted to feature as many local businesses as she could right from the start because it just made sense — supporting the people with whom you share a local community.


Petal Pushers

Farmers Markets, Juliana Lisuk, Stories
Keep an eye out for monthly blog posts featuring vendors from the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmer’s Market, written by Market Manager Julianna Lisuk.

Farmer’s Market season has arrived in Northern Michigan! The Sara Hardy Downtown Farmer’s Market began on May 2 with an idyllic Saturday of fresh food and flowers. Customers showed up with their baskets and bags eager to get their hands on the first local produce of the season. Alongside the meat, cheese, bread, and produce vendors were locally grown flower stands overflowing with stunning arrangements, bringing much needed color and life after a cold winter. We recently visited one of our vendors, Petal Pushers, to get a look at where all their beautiful hanging baskets and vegetable plants are grown.


Treaty Fish Company

Specialty Producers, Stories

Take a look at this beautifully shot presentation about Ed John and his wife Cindi, two Native American fisherman from the Suttons Bay area.  The video respectfully follows them throughout their day’s labors and brings us a glimpse into the joys and challenges of their work. Through easy conversation, and clear unemotional story-telling, they let us feel the devastation of the fresh water fishery in Lake Michigan, leaving us wanting more answers.