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Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands

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You either sink or swim under the grueling demands of a busy professional kitchen. Chad Edwards has been cooking in Gaylord restaurants since age 14, and was the chef for two establishments in the city before turning 21. After years of rigor and practice, Edwards’ was swimming full bore on October 28, 2010, when he opened The Bearded Dogg Lounge. And at this colorful cafe, “you may sit in a booth made from old doors or at the bar crafted from maple flooring from the local nunnery, at a gathering table, in a loveseat, or at any one of several antique dining tables.” You can tell a lot of love and ingenuity has been put into this place. And it’s not just the quirky, hand-hewn seating and masterful plating of food. It’s the flourishing garden in the adjacent field constructed and tended by Chad and his father that accents the menu’s favorites. It’s the fact that Edwards wants to create a line of his own bottled salad dressings and brews the restaurant’s Doggweiser Blonde Ale. It’s the fact that in northeastern Michigan, Chad Edwards is pioneering in an old way of doing things again.

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Is Your Farm FSMA Compliant?

Economy, Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Health, Kelly Wilson, Learn More

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. The goal of this legislation is prevent contamination of food produced in the United States before foodborne illness outbreaks occur. The Produce Safety Rule of FSMA has huge implications for many growers across the state. This year, compliance of the full rule will be enforced for farms grossing $500K or more. Smaller farms have until 2019 or 2020 to comply with rule, depending on their income.

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Calling all CSA Farmers!

Economy, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Kelly Wilson

The Michigan Statewide CSA Working Group announces the release of the first Michigan CSA Farm Survey. Data from this survey serves as a critical underpinning toward developing broad strategies to support Michigan’s CSA farmers and their communities.

If you are currently a CSA farmer, or have had a CSA operation in the past, please consider taking this survey. Individual responses will be kept confidential. Aggregated data and analysis will be used to inform local and state agencies how to proactively address the needs of Michigan’s CSA farms and farmers.

Survey Link: http://bit.ly/MICSASurvey

Questions: MiCSAsurvey@gmail.com

The Michigan Statewide CSA Working Group includes:

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Shaping our Agricultural Landscape: The Farm Bill

Economy, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Kelly Wilson

Every five years Congress votes on a massive piece of legislation that dramatically influences the landscape and nutrition of our nation:The Farm Bill. This piece of legislation determines what we eat and how it is grown and has huge impacts on public and environmental health. The current (2014) Farm Bill only accounts for 4% of total federal spending and includes 12 titles addressing broad topic areas.

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Ann Arbor Farmers Market – The Experience Never Ends

Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Rebecca Locke, Southeast Michigan, Stories

As we enter the fall season and enjoy the abundance of the autumn harvest, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market may be at its peak but the experience of the Market continues year round.

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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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The Friendly Faces (and Farms) of Cheboygan

Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Learn More, Molly Stepanski, Stories

 

In our 2017 Guide to Local Food in Northern Michigan, we profiled Alpena in Northeastern Michigan. Now, it’s Cheboygan’s time to shine. We talked with a few farms/businesses that are driven by making local food more accessible to their community.

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Don’t Forget, the ‘Farmers Market Brunch!’

Bailey Samp, Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Press Release

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Date: June 13, 2017

Contact: Bailey Samp, events@localdifference.org

Don’t Forget, the ‘Farmers Market Brunch!’

TRAVERSE CITY – Summer is here and it’s peak season for local agriculture in our beautiful region. With all the bountiful produce, our local farmers need community support — and lucky for us that support includes eating healthy delicious food.

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Downtown Marquette Farmers Market Opens May 20!

Economy, Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Melissa Orzechowski

As spring unfolds in the Upper Peninsula, seedlings have been growing in hoop houses, greenhouses and now fields to prepare for the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market opening day on May 20th. Many farmers markets in the UP do not open until June or even July, but Myra Zyburt, the market manager, explained they are able to open in May because there are enough farmers using season extension techniques that have produce that they are ready to sell.