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Sponsor, Exhibit, or Advertise at the 2018 Michigan Good Food Summit

Event, Get Involved, Guest Post, Rachel Kelly, Stories

On behalf of the Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University, I’m writing to invite you to sponsor, exhibit or advertise at the 2018 Michigan Good Food Summit on October 22, 2018. This year’s Summit will take place on October 22nd at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Michigan State University.

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Flatbread Pizza With Asparagus and Goat Cheese

Recipes, Spring, Tricia Phelps

This simple grilled flatbread is a summer staple. As the seasons change, try mixing it up with local topping combinations like Strawberries, Basil & Leelanau Raclette or Summer Squash, Zucchini & Boss Mouse Montasio! This simple five-minute naan is even tasty enough to eat by itself.

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The 2016 Guide to Local Food in NMI is here

Find Local Food, Get Involved, Learn More, Tricia Phelps

Over the last year, Taste the Local Difference® has added a lot of new territory to our service area. For the first time ever we are including all of northern Michigan’s food & farming community– both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. That’s why we’ve nearly double the size of our newest publication, the 13th edition of our annual Guide to Local Food.

You can find The Guide to Local Food in Northern Michigan for FREE at select locations throughout the region. The guide is an important community resource, so let us know if you need a copy by emailing: info@localdifference.org or stop by one of the sites listed below!

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Grand Traverse County:

Traverse City Visitor’s Bureau, Traverse City Chamber, BLK MRKT, Right Brain Brewery, Grand Traverse Distillery, Rare Bird Brewery, Tom’s Food Market, Oleson’s Food Stores, Oryana Natural Foods Market, The Grand Traverse Resort, Evergreen Market, Burritt’s Fresh Market, The Little Fleet, Benjamin Twiggs, Chateau Grand Traverse Winery, Harvest Restaurant, Workshop Brewery, Inside Out Gallery, Third Coast Chocolate, The Cheese Lady, Acoustic Mead, Taproot Cider House, Pleasanton Bakery, Higher Grounds Coffee, Mission Table Restaurant, Jolly Pumpkin, Chateau Chantal Winery, Tastes of Black Star Farms, Gallagher’s Farm Market, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, West Bay Beach, Bayshore Resort, Park Place, Cambria, Country Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn, Best Western, Hotel Indigo, Mitchell Creek Inn, Hampton Inn, Great Wolf Lodge, Parkshore Resort, Pinestead Reef Resort, Grand Beach Resort Hotel, Tamarack Lodge Resort, Pointes North Resort, Cherry Tree Inn & Suites

 

Leelanau County

Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association, 9 Bean Rows Cafe, 9 Bean Rows Bakery, Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, MSU Hort Station in Suttons Bay, Art’s Tavern, Cherry Republic, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Visitors Center, Northport CVB, The Redhead’s Cafe, Tandem Ciders, Suttons Bay Bikes, Mawby, Green Bird Cellars, Anderson’s Glen Arbor Market, Black Star Farms, Good Harbor Grill, The Homestead, Idyll Farms, Blustone Vineyards

 

Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim & Kalkaska Counties

Petoskey Area Chamber of Commerce, Petoskey Cheese, Grain Train, Grain Train Neighborhood Market, American Spoon Cafe, Coveyou Scenic Farm Market, Maple Moon Winery, Petoskey Library, Guntzviller Vegetable and Berry Farm, Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Staffords Bay View Inn, Stafford’s Pier, Stafford’s Weathervane, Friske’s Farm Market, Roast and Toast, Julienne Tomatoes, Shetler’s Family Dairy, Kalkaska Health Dept, NW Michigan Health Dept, Charlevoix Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, King Orchards, Charlevoix Country Club, Short’s Brewing Company

 

Benzie, Manistee, Wexford & Missaukee Counties

Grow Benzie, Elberto’s Taqueria, Market Basket, Wee Bee Jammin’, St. Ambrose Cellars, Port City Organics Real Food Market, Benzie Visitors Bureau, Frankfort Visitors Bureau, Stormcloud Brewing Company, Crystal Mountain Resort, Oliver Art Center, Harbor Lights Resort, The Hotel Frankfort

 

The Upper Peninsula

Marquette Food Co-op, MSU Extension

 

Northeast Michigan

Cheboygan Brewing Company, Northeast Michigan Council of Governments

 

If you’d like to carry the Guide to Local Food and you don’t already please contact us at info@localdifference.org!

 

Ending Food Waste – Feeding People

Bill Palladino, Find Local Food, Food Policy, Food Waste

Food Waste

The amount of food wasted in our nation is stunning.

“In the United States, 31 percent — or 133 billion pounds — of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels in 2010 went uneaten,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

From the point of view of a food business, this statistic erodes already slim profit margins. The USDA goes on to say, “the estimated value of this food loss (in 2010) was $161.6 billion using retail prices.” To bring that down to earth for us, here’s a quote from ‘80’s television icon Mr. T, “That ain’t no chump change!”

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Simple Vegetable Soup

Recipes, Tenille Enger

I first encountered this soup in Ireland, where the recipe varies from home to home based upon their likes and what they may have on hand.  

Though wonderful as written, don’t be afraid to substitute or add.  Roasted root vegetables, squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli, even leftover green bean casserole.  I wouldn’t hesitate to include any of them because once pureed, this is one of those dishes where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Heirloom Tomato Paella

Recipes, Tenille Enger

Step away from the pumpkin spice latte!   Yes, our days are getting noticeably shorter and Labor Day is but a memory, but this is when it gets GOOD in Michigan. No other time of the year will gift us with this much fresh local produce. Stores and Farmer’s markets are overflowing with the best of summer – sweet corn, blackberries, green beans, real vine ripened tomatoes… this is what we dream about in the dregs of February! Let’s make the most of it! Let’s start with this…..

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Grandpa’s Easy Fridge Pickles

Recipes, Tenille Enger

The only exact things about this recipe are the measurements for the brine.  Everything else is up for grabs – the amount of garlic or dill, the amount of heat you want, the vegetable or vegetables you use in your pickle, and even the amount of pickle you want to make. Unused brine can be poured into a glass container and refrigerated for future use*.  Simply bring back to the boil before using for your next batch.