Last May, four cool guys embarked on a journey around the coast of Lake Superior in order to bring awareness to the health of the Great Lakes. Read their story here. This month, I was able to connect with the guys and get some answers on my favorite topic: food.
What is kombucha exactly? The simplest answer is “fermented tea” – a statement that rarely encourages a first time sipper to indulge in the sweet and tart flavors that the fermentation process produces. I fell in love with the drink myself when living in Seattle, one taste-bud-convincing sip at a time. The beverage was different, and I can’t lie and say that I was crazy about the stuff on day one – but as time went on I found myself using it to quench that desire for a sweet and flavorful beverage. Years ago, I remember visiting the UP from Seattle, and not being able to find Kombucha in the stores at all. However, in the last few years, the UP has gained some fantastic brewers who are changing the local culture.
In the United States, we waste 40% of food produced, and an alarming 90% of that goes to the landfill, where it emits methane gas which is a mere 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. If that statistic doesn’t do anything for you, then how about that the average American spends about $1,500 a year on food they are just going to throw away.
Excuse me if my writing feels a bit exhausted, walking fifteen miles uphill in two feet of snow, just to get wi-fi for this post has drained me.
Gottcha! It’s hard not to joke, but I am happy to report that I am actually warm in my home, with indoor plumbing and all. Although, we do have a generator because when the power goes out it is often for days, and my closest ‘neighbors’ (besides a plethora of deer camps) are over two miles away.
Greetings, my name is Alexandria Palzewicz, and I am beyond excited to be the new UP Local Food Coordinator! Besides a recent two-year excursion in Seattle, I have lived in the UP my whole life.
It’s already snowed here in the U.P. a handful of times. The farmers markets have closed down until next year or retreated inside, but that doesn’t mean the season for eating locally has ended. It is possible to enjoy local food year-round, even in the U.P. The Marq, a restaurant and bar in Marquette, is a working testament.
Stepping into The Flying Moose, in downtown Marquette, feels like what stepping into a store probably felt like 100 years ago, except now there is kombucha on tap. The shelves are filled with spices, wines, syrups, and skateboards.
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: email@example.com or stop by one of the sites listed below!
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 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!