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Ann Arbor Farmers Market: Market-to-Chef Program

Benefit, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Kelly Wilson, restaurant

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market recently launched a new initiative to make shopping with market vendors easier for you, our chefs and the culinary community! The effort chefs put into into transforming raw farm-fresh ingredients into culinary works of art is immense. Therefore, the market wanted to help culinary professionals by streamlining the local food shopping experience.

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A Watershed Moment for NE Michigan’s Regional Food System

Benefit, Environment, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Molly Stepanski

America’s highly productive food system is one of its beloved accomplishments. But the environment has paid a high price for this abundance, especially our rivers, streams, and lakes. In fact, according to the EPA’s National Water Quality Inventory Report, agriculture is considered to be “the most widespread source of impairment in the nation’s assessed lake acres.” Industrial agriculture is among the leading causes of water pollution in the United States today. Data indicates this method of food production often wastes large quantities of water, even when nearby communities are experiencing water shortages (check out California’s nut production dilemma).

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Grillin’ for Food Gatherers: A Picnic with a Purpose

Benefit, Event, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Guest Post, Sara McDonnell, Southeast Michigan

You’re invited to the 29th annual Grillin’ for Food Gatherers, a family-friendly community picnic with a serious mission. Grillin’ benefits Food Gatherers’ work to alleviate hunger where we live. As a Grillin’ guest, you can help your neighbors struggling with food insecurity.

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TLD and MIFMA Announce Another Year of Partnership

Benefit, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Press Release, Tricia Phelps

The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) and Taste the Local Difference (TLD) have a long history of supporting the local food community in Michigan. In 2017, the organizations began partnering to exchange service benefits, providing even more support to the state’s local farms and farmers markets. Participating members/partners of either organization now receive reduced rates on services from the other.  

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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!

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Giving Back to the Farmers: Argus Farm Stop

Benefit, Economy, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Kelly Wilson, Retail, Southeast Michigan, Stories

Did you know that farmers receive only 17 cents per retail sales dollar (on average) when their food is sold through traditional channels? The remaining 83 cents of this dollar goes to middlemen, distributors, and other players in the food system. Selling direct to consumer (farmers markets, roadside stands, CSA programs, etc.) generates higher margins for farmers (and strengthens consumer’s ties to their food) but can come with its own set of unique challenges and risks: unfavorable weather impacting sales, large time/energy demands, lack of convenience, and seasonality.

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Two Partnerships for the Price of One: Taste the Local Difference Offers In-kind Membership with the Small Business Association of Michigan

Benefit, Bill Palladino, Economy, Learn More, Specialty Producers

Taste the Local Difference (TLD) is constantly looking for ways to add value for our partners in the food system.  We are excited to announce a new relationship with the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) where TLD partners at the branch level ($150.00) and above will receive a complimentary “premium” membership in SBAM, valued at $219.00

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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.

Farmland 5k Run Benefits MLUI

Benefit, Event, Get Involved

 

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Farmland 5K European Style XC Challenge

and “Free for All” Bike race – any bike, fat bike, cyclocross bike, mountain bike

December 7th, 2013

Events start at 12:00 noon

Race Packet Pick up/Late Registration Friday, December 6, 4-7 p.m. Cherry Republic downtown Traverse City and Saturday, December 7, 10:30 a.m. at the race site.  Go to http://www.xcchallengetcruns.com for event details.

 

 

The Farmland 5K European Style XC Challenge! is a 3.1 mile cross country run held on the north’s only dedicated cross country course on turf grass (or snow!), surrounding private centennial farmland.  Compete as a team – cross country style – with lowest score of finishers, or as an individual, and earn original prizes.

New for 2013 – Farmland “Free For All” Bike Race – any bike, fat bike, cyclocross bike, mountain bike

Cost: $35 early registration, no refunds or transfers, family rates available. No refunds or transfers.

Have a team?  Contact us at  lisamarytaylor@gmail.com to sign up a team and receive a discount code for 7 or more participants.

http://www.xcchallengetcruns.com/

What is MLUI Membership? Become an advocate for local food, clean energy, smart transportation choices, and for sustainable communities. Join the Michigan Land Use Institute for only $10! Add this membership fee to your Farmland 5K registration and MLUI will keep you connected to the issues that matter to you.

Family Rate (for moms, dads, kids, and grandparents from the same family only)  

Contact Event Promoter:
Wellness Professionals LLC
www.xcchallengetcruns.com
231-631-2195