Guide to 7 Heirloom Tomatoes

Bailey Samp, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food

Have you found yourself wandering the farmers market totally confused about the differences among heirloom tomato varieties?

If yes, then this guide is for you.  Unlike traditional red tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes are rainbow colored, can be green in color when ripe, and come in all shapes and sizes. The yellow varieties tend to have less acid, the reds are zesty, and the dark purple varieties can offer a savory flavor. 

Here is a look at a few different heirloom tomatoes that you can pick up at your local farmers market this season!

Raise Your Glass to Farmers Market Cocktails!

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Every summer the The Little Fleet in downtown Traverse City incorporates the bounty of northern Michigan in their handcrafted cocktails and we love it! These creative and refreshing farmer’s market inspired cocktails highlight ingredients from local farms and orchards in our region.

This year, we’re excited to pair up with The Little Fleet to bring you fresh, local-inspired libations featuring different farms each month through Fall. You can follow @tastethelocaldifference for featured cocktails, spirits, recipes, and what’s in season at the farmers market. 

5 Ways to Source a Local Menu

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There are a number of things to celebrate this Spring! Farmers market season is back. Asparagus and rhubarb is in abundance. Farmers are gearing up for another busy season of providing fresh and local produce to the community.

Are you a new restaurant, food truck, or catering business looking for local produce? Are you an existing restaurant looking for ways to simplify the process? Or, maybe you just need a reminder of how important it is to support local farmers! Since there is not a better time to put more local produce on your menu, here are the 5 ways to source local produce for your menu:

Microgreens: More than a beautiful garnish!

Bailey Samp, Eat Local, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Recipes

Microgreens are young greens that are full of color, have an intense aromatic flavor, and come in many varieties. From spicy, sweet, and bitter, there is a microgreen for everyone!

And, did you know these vibrant and delicate greens are packed full of vitamins? They contain nutrients at a concentrated level, which means more vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant levels then mature greens like kale and arugula.

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Keep it Local this Traverse City Restaurant Week

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This year, dozens of restaurants are participating in Traverse City Restaurant Week (TCRW) from February 24 – March 2nd . This is the perfect opportunity to take a culinary excursion and enjoy some of Traverse City’s finest restaurants! Prices always range between $25-35 a person, three course meals are offered, and reservations are strongly encouraged.

7 Warming Winter Food Events in Traverse City

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Embrace the long Winter season with these local dinners, community events, and cooking classes in the Traverse City area! There’s plenty of opportunities for everyone to get out of the house on the frightful Winter days ahead.

Experience Gift Ideas for Hands On Fun this Holiday

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Looking for the perfect last-minute local gift idea? A cooking class makes a great gift and offers a hands on experience to improve skills in the kitchen, learn something new, and supports local producers throughout northern Michigan. Whether you want to plan a family event or treat your kids to something sweet, these classes offer something for everyone!

Enjoy Local Produce at these Winter Northwestern Michigan Markets

Bailey Samp, Eat Local, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food

Another Michigan winter is upon us, we are bundling up in our layers, naturally slowing down, and enjoying the Holidays with family and friends! Even though it’s cold outside, many local farmers and specialty producers continue to work hard to bring us fresh, local food year round in Northern Michigan. You can still enjoy the heartiness of local produce while visiting the farmers market in the winter. Plus you’ll find eggs, bread and baked goods, jams, tea, honey, cheese, meat, and a variety of holiday gifts!

Roasted Delicata Squash and Ginger Salad

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Delicata squash are a delightful form of winter squash. As the name would suggest, the peel is edible, making these an easy vegetable to cook and enjoy. Enjoy these seasonal salad “boats” with the best of Northern Michigan fall produce.

Enjoy Certified Local Wine Dinners at Chateau Chantal this Fall

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Chateau Chantal Winery & Inn is situated high on a ridge overlooking the rolling vineyards and cherry orchards of Old Mission Peninsula, a perfect backdrop to experience Fall in Northern Michigan.  Enjoy the sweeping views of East and West Grand Traverse Bay while enjoying local food and the perfect wine pairing that awaits you. With a 25-year legacy of food and wine education through cooking classes, pairing seminars, wine dinners and gourmet breakfast preparation, Chateau Chantal will impress with an elevating wine experience and a relaxed atmosphere.