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A Word on Waste: Part III

This article is part of a four-part series on buying, storing, preserving and composting foods to prevent waste We have an extreme problem with inefficiency when it comes to food production across the globe. The resulting excess usage of natural resources has an enormous effect on the environment. As individuals we can take small actions […]

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Demystifying NE Michigan Food & Farming Entrepreneurship

The Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) has been instrumental in facilitating Taste the Local Difference’s growth in NE Michigan over the last three years. This has ultimately resulted in not only building higher demand for local food in the region, but in people realizing the true potential of Sunrise Side ingenuity and innovation. This […]

Crop Spot: Romanesco

Romanesco hits a sweet spot for me as a nutrition science geek. It is beautiful, nutritious and delicious, but best of all, the chartreuse buds spiral into Fibonacci sequence fractals. What more could you want, except for maybe some ideas on how to prepare it? 

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A Word on Waste: Part IV

This article is part of a four-part series on buying, storing, preserving and composting foods to prevent waste There is no ‘away’ to throw things. When food ends up in landfills it decomposes anaerobically which releases methane, a greenhouse gas 25x more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. Since Americans throw away around 150,000 […]

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Roman Green Beans

Forget the mushy, flavorless green beans of the past. Try out this recipe for zippy, crisp beans! Our dietetic intern, Mieko Diener, prepared this dish at a recent cooking demo at the Pittsfield Township Farmers Market.

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Freshly Milled Flour: Worth the Splurge

The flour that we typically buy from the store is not usually something we given a second thought to, just a bland, white pantry staple without much character. At least, that’s was how I felt until I worked for a farm that grew and milled fresh, heirloom wheatberries into whole grain wheat flour. It completely […]

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