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Know Thy Farmer

Find Local Food, Gabe Lava, Guest Post, restaurant

I moved up from Chicago to Traverse City in the spring of 2017, bringing with me the desire to connect to the local landscape and growing community as much as possible. I found a good fit when first interviewing with Simon Joseph, Chef/Owner of Just In Time Hospitality, listening to his description of the noodles they use at Gaijin. The foundation of any ramen shop is its noodles, and beyond the homework done on the technique, what stood out to me was the commitment to using 100% non-GMO, local wheats from Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.

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Pets Naturally: Not All Treats Are Created Equal

Andrea Margelis, Find Local Food, Guest Post, Retail, Specialty Producers, Stories, Traverse City

As pet parents, we want to provide our furry family members with their best possible life. When it comes to choosing the best diet for our dogs, we research excessively and get advice from our trusted veterinarians, however, sometimes the treats we purchase lack proper attention when it comes to ingredients. Pet parents tend to grab any box off the shelf at the grocery or pet store without taking the time to read the ingredient label. Many treats contain artificial ingredients and are not fit for human consumption, so why would we feed these to our family members? If you can’t eat them yourself, your dog most likely shouldn’t either.

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Martha’s Local Food Adventures Around the Globe

Event, Find Local Food, Guest Post, Martha Ryan, Wine

Travel is in my future for 2018. My food and wine-seeking radar is taking me to a destination that I have only dreamed about: South America. When planning a trip in the spring, I always try to make it a warm get away and going to South America at the end of March is like our September, so it should be warm and sunny. I am taking 14 hardy souls who have also never been to South America. I have actually never been south of the Equator and we will be traveling to almost the South Pole!  

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Farm to Butcher: Expanding Access to Heritage Michigan Meats

Find Local Food, Guest Post, Jill Giacomino, Specialty Producers

Farm Field Table, dubbed ‘the trusted butcher to Michigan’s Finest Chefs’ is located at 1030 Woodward Heights in Ferndale, MI. Since its inception in December of 2016, the artisan butcher shop has sourced whole meat animal and poultry from their favorite family farms throughout Michigan.

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Big Medicine Ranch: Farm Fresh Coffees

Drinks, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Guest Post, Specialty Producers, Thomas Zawistowski

It’s about the beans…at Big Medicine Coffee, we seek, source and roast the highest quality, freshest, “Specialty” coffees from Organic, sustainable coffee farms.

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Estate grown, ripened Arabica coffee cherries

…. Heirloom Ethiopians from Hambela, Blue Mountain from High Haiti, Bourbons from bird-friendly Brazil, Honeyed coffees from the cloud forests of Nicaragua…

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Planetary Coffee: Short Days, New Ventures

Emily Wilensky, Find Local Food, Food Trucks, Guest Post, Specialty Producers, Stories, Traverse City
Anticipating the coming new year always feels both exciting and a bit daunting to me. The changing over of the calendar year is often a transitional time. It is a time for slowing down our hectic pace, and reflecting on the year previous, but it also induces a feeling of excitement and curiosity about what the future will bring. Though change is the only constant in our universe, this fact doesn’t necessarily make it easier for us humans to endure. It is often the difficult transitions in our lives, those which present us with the most obstacles, that ends up shaping our character in meaningful ways. Life transitions can act as markers, which serve to help us differentiate the different phases of our life, and provide opportunities towards personal growth.
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Agro-Tourism Rises to Challenges

Andrew Schudlich, Economy, farm-to-table, Farmers Markets, Guest Post, Record-Eagle Ag Forum, Stories

Walk through any Leelanau County or Traverse City farmers market and it’s hard to miss how much things have grown. For the past 15 years, these markets and farm stands have been the source of produce and locally produced products for our business, Epicure Catering & Cherry Basket Farm.

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Take the Survey! Upper Peninsula Light Processing Facility Assessment

Event, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Guest Post, Michelle Walk
If you are a grower, please consider completing this survey.  If you are not a grower, please forward this information and link to produce growers in your network.

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Growing Opportunity in the Eastern UP’s Fields, Forests and Farmers Markets

Amy Polk, Economy, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Guest Post

When a small group of individuals driven by the idea of bringing a farmers market to Les Cheneaux first met, they envisioned a Friday night tourist attraction in the summers, and were able to secure an economic development grant from the Les Cheneaux Community Foundation to jumpstart the market. They didn’t expect such a strong community response that the market could go year-round. The market— now on Sundays— has become a vibrant attraction and business incubator in the Les Cheneaux community. Farmers and makers alike have found the market is a vehicle for expanding sales, fine tuning products, and even launching “bricks and mortar” businesses.