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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
It might be surprising to hear, but finding the perfect CSA Farm is a lot like choosing a love match.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up a team and receive a discount code for 7 or more participants.
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)
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