What’s our Why?

Emma Beauchamp, Environment, Learn More

We all have a stake in our food system and environment. Since 2004, Taste the Local Difference has continued to change the culture around local food by promoting the importance of buying and sourcing locally. Each year, we feature thousands of Michigan farmers, brewers, restaurants, local grocers, and more in our 2 magazine-style annual Guides to Local Food. More than that, we work directly with these businesses to excel and to improve Michigan’s local food economy. Our work aims to get more local food sold.

Tom's Food Markets highlighting local food

Thank You For Shopping at Tom’s!

Eat Local, Emma Beauchamp, Find Local Food, Retail

Walking through one of the six Tom’s Food Markets locations in Northwest Michigan, you will find the produce section is piled high with best of the season. During the harvest season, displays are piled high with sweet corn, pints of sweet cherries, bushels of Bardenhagen Farms apples, and local squashes. However, Tom’s Food Markets is proudly dedicated to supporting local producers all year long, not just during the peak of summer.

seeds starting in hoophouse at loma farm

Seeds for Spring in Michigan

Eat Local, Emma Beauchamp, Environment, farm-to-table, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Gardening, Learn More

Winter continues to drag on in its unforgiving way, but with each day spring is ever nearer. For you farmers and gardeners out there, now is the time to order your seeds for spring. Not all seeds are created equal, so learn why it’s important to opt for earth-enriching seeds here!

Get your Farm Business Growing in 2019 with the Alcona Regional Farm Conference!

Emma Beauchamp, Event, Get Involved

Come on down to the Northeast Michigan Alcona Regional Farm Conference! On January 18-19, this conference will bring together seasoned growers, as well as those starting a new career in agriculture and members of the local food movement of the region. Get your farm business growing for 2019!

10 Ideas for Local Stocking Stuffers

Emma Beauchamp, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Southeast Michigan, Specialty Producers

The countdown is dwindling til Christmas! These are last minute stocking stuffers that support local producers in your area. Find these treats at your local farmers market, co-op, or retail store. 

6 Winter Conferences Every Michigan Farmer Should Consider Attending

Emma Beauchamp, Event, Get Involved, Learn More

With the snow beginning to fly, it’s the perfect time to attend farm and business conferences to prepare for 2019. These six meetings and conferences are great ways to network with fellow farmers and get excited for the next growing season.

Charlevoix Farmers Market offers Evening Markets at the Library

Emma Beauchamp, Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Local Ingredients, Proteins

With the change in the season, comes a change at the Charlevoix Farmers Market! Beginning on October 11th, the Market will switch its location and time to the Charlevoix Public Library at 220 Clinton St. from 3-6pm. Despite the change in time and place, the Market will continue to showcase local producers and be a vibrant event for the whole community.

Tom’s Food Markets: More than Just a Market

Emma Beauchamp, Find Local Food, Retail, Stories, Traverse City

In 1946, Tom and Eva Deering founded Deering’s Market on 11th St in Traverse City. Originally, it served as a small corner market specializing in meat products near downtown. Fifteen years later, in 1961, Tom’s Food Market’s first full sized grocery store was built on the west side of town. Since then, Tom’s Food Markets has grown into six full size grocery stores throughout the region. Despite their expansion, Tom’s has continued its focus on supporting the Traverse City area community.

Fall Beginnings: Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, & Green Beans

Emma Beauchamp, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Local Ingredients, Recipes

Growing up, I was always pleased when my mom was making a roasted chicken for dinner. The rich, savory aroma filled the house for hours as it cooked. If I was really lucky, there would also be a heaping bowl full of mashed potatoes too and some crunchy, steamed green beans.

Recently, as I walked through the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, I was inspired to recreate this favorite childhood meal with local ingredients and some of my own twists. I decided to prepare a Crispy Skinned Spatchcocked Chicken, garlicky green beans, mashed potatoes, and a lemony pan sauce out of the backbone. 

Ricotta Panna Cotta : Cool & Sophisticated

Emma Beauchamp, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Recipes

Panna Cotta is Italian for “cooked cream.” This delicious dessert is incredibly easy to make in advance. It provides the perfect back drop to any soft, seasonal fruit you have, such as peaches & plums, raspberries & blueberries, etc. It’s cool. It’s refreshing. It’s the perfect summer time dessert.