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Looking Ahead to the Growing Season

Alex Palzewicz, Find Local Food, Retail

Michigan winters, particularly those here in the UP region, don’t allow for much production. Even those individuals who have been able to bridge the gap with season extension find themselves unable to do much in the blistering months of January and February. So, what are our local farmers up to at times like these? Catching up on the Netflix binging they missed? Creating sleep patterns that almost replicate those of hibernation? Read books by the fire, hot chocolate in hand?

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Say Hey to the Yooper, eh?

Alex Palzewicz, Economy, Find Local Food, Get Involved

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.

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Christmas Tree Sustainability: Real vs. Artificial

Get Involved, Learn More, Melissa Orzechowski, Uncategorized

Maybe you have similar memories of running around a Christmas tree farm searching the place for the perfect tree, your tree. Every year I look forward to the hunt and to the fresh scent of a real tree in our home. But recently I’ve started to wonder about the sustainability of cutting down millions of trees across the U.S. each year. What about reduce, reuse, recycling? What is better for the environment, a plastic tree or a real one? I decided to look for myself.

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Eating Locally This Winter –Even in the UP

Find Local Food, Melissa Orzechowski, restaurant

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.

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The Daily Grind: Superior Coffee Roasting Co.

Find Local Food, Ron Kurnik, Specialty Producers
Superior Coffee Roasting Co. was formed both at the right time and the right place for the Eastern U.P.  Ron Kurnik, the President of the company saw an apparent void in this part of Michigan when it came to fresh roasted coffee when he moved there in 2010. Just two years later, he was implementing the “Field of Dreams” expression of “build it and they will come,” and within the first 6 months he knew that his business was going to grow and succeed in its mission to bring fresh, high quality, (aka Superior) coffee to an ever growing radius of customers.
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Take the Survey! Upper Peninsula Light Processing Facility Assessment

Event, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Guest Post, Michelle Walk
If you are a grower, please consider completing this survey.  If you are not a grower, please forward this information and link to produce growers in your network.

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Growing Opportunity in the Eastern UP’s Fields, Forests and Farmers Markets

Amy Polk, Economy, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Guest Post

When a small group of individuals driven by the idea of bringing a farmers market to Les Cheneaux first met, they envisioned a Friday night tourist attraction in the summers, and were able to secure an economic development grant from the Les Cheneaux Community Foundation to jumpstart the market. They didn’t expect such a strong community response that the market could go year-round. The market— now on Sundays— has become a vibrant attraction and business incubator in the Les Cheneaux community. Farmers and makers alike have found the market is a vehicle for expanding sales, fine tuning products, and even launching “bricks and mortar” businesses.

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A Final Summertime Hurrah : NMU’s Hospitality Gala

Event, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Melissa Orzechowski, Stories

Connecting chefs, farmers, and the community as well as celebrating Northern Michigan University’s Hospitality Management program is what the Hospitality Gala on Sept. 23 is all about. Chefs and students currently in the program are teaming up to bring eight stations featuring food from farms in the Marquette area.

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Building a Co-op in Iron County

Economy, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Melissa Orzechowski, Retail

Darren Mercier didn’t imagine he’d be spearheading the effort to establish a natural food cooperative. But, when he moved to Iron River on the western border of the U.P. seven years ago, he and his wife missed the easy access to the healthy foods they were used to eating. The Merciers aren’t the only people in Iron River who want more healthy, organic, and local options. More than 50 people have already become members of The Co-op of Iron County before the doors have opened and many people have told Darren when the store is open, they plan to become members as well.