Did you know that your dollar is multiplied more than three times when you spend it at a local store, than by purchasing at a national chain? Plus, locally grown and produced food packs more of a nutritional punch and it travels fewer miles to your plate, making it better for you and for the planet. We’re just scratching the surface here when it comes to the true value of local food in our community. The benefits range from economics and social connection, to improving health and the environment.
Our former Operations Director Tricia Phelps, has just taken the reins and become Taste the Local Difference’s new CEO. Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities featured a story on Tricia and the path that led her to local food and TLD.
Read the story here and learn more!
AND with Thanksgiving on the horizon, Tricia shared recipes for some of her new and old favorites — dig in, and have a wonderful holiday, filled with lots and lots of local food!
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.
Community can often be a word people just toss around, but when the community literally owns your business, there is no taking it lightly. Oryana Community Co-op was an idea devised on the back porch of a home in Traverse City. It came from a small group of passionate community members looking to start a buying club and have control over where their food came from. That buying club started in 1973, and is now a 10,000 square foot, $17 million-a-year business that still lives by the founding principles of quality, accountability, sustainability, and localism.
The job of a farmer is never done. To do it well, they must think critically and instinctively to determine the vast number of influences a plant may be under at any given time. The work is labor intensive, never just 9-5, and with all the effort and best intentions — mother nature gets the final say. It’s an incredible career, worthy of the utmost respect and this region is lucky enough to have generations of farm families that still tend the land today.
It might be surprising to hear, but finding the perfect CSA Farm is a lot like choosing a love match.
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.
Let the Outdoor Farmers Market Season begin!
At Taste the Local Difference (TLD) we’re continually looking for ways to better serve the local food community in Michigan. So, we’re thrilled to announce a new and exciting partnership with Michigan-based tent manufacturer, LogoTent, that will help get you ready for summertime festivals, farmers markets and events.
For Immediate Release
Date: March 6, 2017
Contact: Tricia Phelps, firstname.lastname@example.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.
Date: January 6th, 2016
Contact: Tricia Phelps, email@example.com, (877) 562-2539
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://localdifference.org.