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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.

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Organic Food, Beer, and Gear: The Flying Moose

Find Local Food, Melissa Orzechowski, Retail

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.

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Swapping animals, plants, seeds and ideas

Economy, Get Involved, Melissa Orzechowski, Specialty Producers, Stories

A truck with a bed of chicks and rabbits pulled into the back of the Holmquist Feedmill in the small town of Trenary, in the rural central Upper Peninsula. Connie from the Great Northern Poultry and Livestock Connection, directed the driver to back up into a ring of other vehicles with everything from fertilized peacock eggs to sheep.

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Downtown Marquette Farmers Market Opens May 20!

Economy, Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Melissa Orzechowski

As spring unfolds in the Upper Peninsula, seedlings have been growing in hoop houses, greenhouses and now fields to prepare for the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market opening day on May 20th. Many farmers markets in the UP do not open until June or even July, but Myra Zyburt, the market manager, explained they are able to open in May because there are enough farmers using season extension techniques that have produce that they are ready to sell.

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Community Celebrates Earth Day by Expanding Local Food Production

Economy, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Melissa Orzechowski

Partridge Creek Farms is celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 by building 50 raised beds across downtown Ishpeming. But they aren’t doing it alone. More than 70 volunteers are coming from across the Upper Peninsula to help as everything at Partridge Creek Farms is a community effort.

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Wake Up from your Winter Slumber: Festival of the Angry Bear

Event, Find Local Food, Melissa Orzechowski, Specialty Producers, Spring

Welcome spring to the U.P. dressed as your favorite woodland creature drinking local beer, with local ingredients, while listening to local music at the Festival of the Angry Bear this Saturday, April 6 from 3 p.m. to midnight at the Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette.

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Growing Local Food through Growing New Farmers

Find Local Food, Get Involved, Learn More, Melissa Orzechowski, Stories

Landen Tetil became the first farmer apprentice at Michigan State University’s North Farm in Chatham three years ago. The program aims to increase local food production in the Upper Peninsula and each year farmer apprentices begin in mid-March.

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Bee Mine: Algomah Acres Honey Farm

Find Local Food, Learn More, Melissa Orzechowski, Specialty Producers

The wintery months like February are the months for everyone, including bees, to hibernate, dream of flowers, and plan for the months ahead. There are many reasons to love bees year round. Melissa Hronkin at Algomah Acres, a honey farm and meadery in the snowy western Upper Peninsula, reminds us of this.