Dairy

Using SNAP/EBT at the Farmers Market

Due to the global pandemic, Michigan’s statewide food insecurity rate is predicted to increase from 13.6% to 21% by the end of the year.1 Food pantries and emergency food sites are feeling the impact of this increased need. Food Gatherers, a Washtenaw county hunger relief agency, has reported a 30-300% increase in people seeking assistance […]

in CoVID-19, Dairy, Economy, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Health

Cold Cocktails for a Hot Summer

During a summer like the one we’re experiencing right now, it seems like the temperatures go from hot to hotter. Combat the 90-degree weather with these cold, colder or coldest cocktails using local spirits and Northwoods Sodas!  Cold: Garden Mojito This drink is incredibly beautiful, with a bright pink ombre in the glass, and garnished […]

NoMi Snack Board: Upgrade Your Grazing Game

Want to upgrade your summer snacking? You can’t do much better than local food, and it’s easy to bring a Northern Michigan grazing board together using Taste the Local Difference’s resources.  Taste the Local Difference (TLD) not only publishes a yearly Local Food Guide, but we also have an online directory that can help you […]

Sparkling Holiday Desserts & Libations

With temperatures starting to plummet in Michigan, begins the never-ending question of how will we source local ingredients throughout these fiercely cold months? What can we include in our meals that will allow us to support the local economy in the most brutal of seasons? And resoundingly, desserts appear, again and again. Opportunities abound for […]

in Dairy, Find Local Food, Holiday, Holiday Guide, Recipes, Wine

The Cream of the Crop: Amish Country in NE Michigan

Michigan has long been an epicenter of Amish settlement, with the first establishments dating back to 1895. Today, Michigan’s Amish population numbers approximately 11,000, with the state’s 86 church districts strewn over 35 communities across the state. One of the oldest of these settlements is in Mio, Oscoda County. Remnants of Mio’s logging industry left […]

in Dairy, Find Local Food, Molly Stepanski

Gourmet Glamping: One Pan Steak Dinner

What food do you bring with you while camping? Hot dogs and a s’mores kit? Dehydrated meals? With the ease of car camping at any of Michigan’s State parks, meals don’t have to be completely utilitarian. Using an ice-filled cooler, a two-burner propane stove, and some planning ahead, I was able to make a delicious steak […]

in Dairy, Emma Beauchamp, Find Local Food, Recipes

Establishing Roots : Local food and intimate dining make Grafted Root a Grand Blanc favorite

Don’t blink, or you might miss The Grafted Root Eatery, on the edge of the Coach Stop shopping plaza near where South Saginaw Street meets Holly Road in Grand Blanc. Its understated exterior works for owner Michele Matthews, who likens the vibe to a speakeasy and would much prefer a secret knock to intrusive signage.

Yogurt “Cooked” in a Cooler

By Bill Palladino Last month you heard me bemoaning the lack of local proteins available for purchase in northwest Michigan.  I neglected to say that one easy protein source is dairy, and we happen to have a few great producers around here.  Yogurt is a daily part of my diet, so I thought I’d toss […]

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