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.
For locals, Foods For Living is a landmark. Maybe they come in for the Lansing area’s only all-organic produce section, the coffee samples, and the friendly staff. (We’d like to think it’s the latter, if we’re being honest. And we are. That’s another reason people keep coming back, probably—honesty.) Perhaps they come for our massive supplement section, and the vitamin and herb experts who run it. Many just come for the live music and the freshly-prepared deli food. Where else can you reliably get amazing carrot cake and listen to some bluegrass on lunch? Regardless of what brings them through the door, they’ve been coming for twenty years, and we are so, so humbled and grateful to be celebrating with our East Lansing family.
Did you know that farmers receive only 17 cents per retail sales dollar (on average) when their food is sold through traditional channels? The remaining 83 cents of this dollar goes to middlemen, distributors, and other players in the food system. Selling direct to consumer (farmers markets, roadside stands, CSA programs, etc.) generates higher margins for farmers (and strengthens consumer’s ties to their food) but can come with its own set of unique challenges and risks: unfavorable weather impacting sales, large time/energy demands, lack of convenience, and seasonality.
“Every mobile farm market is unique to the community it’s in,” said Erica Bloom, the program director of Growing Hope in Ypsilanti. Through their urban farm demos, in-school programs, farmers markets, and more, Growing Hope offers educational opportunities and greater access to healthy foods in the area.“We have been learning together with our partners in Detroit, Lansing, and Flint on how to best bring fresh produce into the neighborhoods.”
For Immediate Release
Date: June 13, 2017
Contact: Bailey Samp, firstname.lastname@example.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.
The Fenton Farmers Market focuses on local produce and artisans. All products must be grown or made in Michigan.
Weekly there are from 50 to 70 vendors featuring a huge variety of products such as fresh produce, handmade body products, many talented artisans, a variety of crafted food products, local wine and so much more. The market is located in the parking lot of the Fenton Community and Cultural Center 150 S. Leroy St. Fenton Mi. 48430.
The market runs from June 22 thru September 21, each Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Sherie Peruski is the Market Manager for the Fenton and Linden Farmers Markets as well as the Facility Manager for the Fenton Community Center. Contact for more information at 810-714-2011 or email@example.com
The Court Yard Restaurant has become a time-honored tradition for many Alpena locals since the early 1980’s. Purchased in 2006 by natives Chris and Lora Carlson, the restaurant has worked to carry on the legacy of the original owner, Dave Patin. As Chris said, he just “wants a place where he can bring his own kids to eat and know they’re getting healthy food and a great environment to eat it in.”
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…..
So your neighbor the gardener just gave you 200 pounds of squash, a bushel of carrots, and some mushrooms. What do you do with it all?