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Grillin’ for Food Gatherers: A Picnic with a Purpose

Benefit, Event, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Guest Post, Sara McDonnell, Southeast Michigan

You’re invited to the 29th annual Grillin’ for Food Gatherers, a family-friendly community picnic with a serious mission. Grillin’ benefits Food Gatherers’ work to alleviate hunger where we live. As a Grillin’ guest, you can help your neighbors struggling with food insecurity.

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Your Crepe Escape : Flint Crepe Company

Brad and Audrey Burk, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Guest Post, Southeast Michigan, Specialty Producers, The Local Dish

The Flint Crepe Company began serving crepes and coffee to the Flint community in 2009. At first, it was nothing more than a mobile crepe cart at the Flint Farmers’ Market and around town. On November 11, 2011 we opened our current storefront on Saginaw Street. We’ve come a long way since then!

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Giving Back to the Farmers: Argus Farm Stop

Benefit, Economy, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Kelly Wilson, Retail, Southeast Michigan, Stories

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.

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100 Years of the Oakland County Farmers Market

Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Kelly Wilson, Southeast Michigan, Stories

The Oakland County Farmers’ Market has been bringing good food to Oakland County for nearly 100 years. Originally located in downtown Pontiac, the market first opened in 1922. Thirty one years later (1953), the market moved to its current location a few miles away in Waterford. The market still exists in this location and is currently operated by Oakland County Parks and Recreation.

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Finding Local Food at the Fenton Farmers Market

Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Guest Post, Sherie Peruski, Southeast Michigan

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.

Sponsored by Fenton DDA and Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation.
We take vendor applications throughout the entire season.

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 speruski@slpr.net 

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The Essence of Local Food

Find Local Food, Guest Post, Kelly Wilson, Retail, Southeast Michigan

Walk into Essence on Main in Clarkston and you’ll find yourself engulfed in a cloud of delicious smells: freshly brewed Bourbon Pecan Torte Coffee, warm organic ginger molasses cookies (shh! The recipe is a secret!), or the grilled buttery goodness of the Turkey Loves Cherry sandwich (hungry yet?).

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The Farmington Farmers Market Welcomes you to Saturday Life in a Michigan Small Town

Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Guest Post, Southeast Michigan, Walt Gajewski

The Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market will open its 24th year of community service on Saturday May 20th at the corner of Grand River and Grove Street in the heart of downtown Farmington at the Walter Sundquist pavilion. There is large banner gently swaying from the rafters in the light breezes of early spring that proudly proclaims, “Saturday is market day!”.

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The Next Generation of the Traditional Farmers Market? Argus Farm Stop, L3C

Find Local Food, Guest Post, Kathy Sample, Retail, Stories

Here in Washtenaw County, we have an active, robust local food movement.  But Census Bureau statistics show some alarming stats on farms.  The average age of a farmer is 58, and new farmers have a tough time getting a foothold in this business.  

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We decided to get involved after seeing a market in Wooster, Ohio called Local Roots, which is open year round and sells product for local farms in an indoor setting.

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Stewards of the Land : Stone Coop Farm is a Quiet Tribute to Sustainability and Reinvention

Cara Catallo, Edible WOW, Find Local Food, Stories

When Joannée DeBruhl’s 21-year insurance industry job fell victim to cuts, she saw a window of opportunity in the form of establishing a church garden. DeBruhl did more than produce 2,000 pounds of vegetables for Gleaners Community Food Bank. She found her calling. DeBruhl dedicated the next year to confirming that and honing her skills at Michigan State University’s Organic Farmer Training Program.