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Capture Farming and Adventure, in a Bottle at Rove

Find Local Food, Specialty Producers, Tricia Phelps, Wine

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.

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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.

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A Farmers Market Must-Have

Farmers Markets, Tricia Phelps

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.

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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Extending the Growing Season : Hoophouses and the Local Food Economy

Economy, Find Local Food, Tricia Phelps

In a climate like ours, farmers are challenged to turn a profit during a limited growing season. Like any business, there are tools they can use to help overcome these challenges, but the decision to invest in a solution—particularly an expensive one—requires confidence that the tool is worth every penny.

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Serve a Local Turkey this Thanksgiving

Find Local Food, Holiday, Thanksgiving, Tricia Phelps

There are plenty of local products to incorporate into your Thanksgiving meal like brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, homemade pies and more! Don’t forget, you can use the TLD Find Food & Farms page to get more information on the local sources for these ingredients. To save you some time, we’ve already made a list of the places we know you can find the perfect local main course.

Pick up these delicious local turkeys direct from the farms listed below or visit a TLD licensed retailer and conveniently pick up a local turkey from a store near you!

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Connecting local food, nutrition with mental health

Find Local Food, Get Involved, Stories, Tricia Phelps

Mental health affects us all. In fact, one in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness in any given year. It is very likely you or someone you know has dealt with the effects of mental illness to some varying degree.

Some experience debilitating and severe mental illnesses, while other individuals’ conditions interfere less in their daily lives. Either way, we know that the brain is an organ, and it’s just as sensitive to what we eat and drink as the heart, stomach and liver. Despite a growing body of evidence worldwide that links nutrition and mental health, the connection often is overlooked in today’s methods of treatment. It’s time we, as a community, advocate for nutrition as a form of mental health care and emphasize this need throughout our area.

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Shop Local with Oleson’s Food Stores

Find Local Food, Retail, TLD Branding, Tricia Phelps

Many people in northwest Lower Michigan hold the Oleson family name in high-regard. For some, it’s about the gifts the Oleson Family Foundation makes to local organizations; for others, it’s the region’s five Oleson’s Food Stores. But either way, it’s clear that the Oleson family cares deeply about strengthening our community.