Chefs in the Garden: Growing the Community

Agriculture, Eat Local, Emma Beauchamp, Event, Find Local Food

Get your tickets to Growing Hope‘s Chefs in the Garden dinner on October 13! Held on the grounds of their sprawling urban farm, attendees will enjoy a multi-course meal under the hoophouse. This year, area chefs Ji Hye of Miss Kim and Brandon Johns of Grange Kitchen & Bar sponsored the events*. Much of the menus highlights locally grown produce, some of it even coming from the Growing Hope farm.

All you need to know about the 2019 MQT Local Food Fest!

Agriculture, Alex Palzewicz, Event, Find Local Food, Upper Peninsula

I sat down with Jesse Huff of Radio Results Network, one of our main sponsors, to discuss this year’s MQT Local Food Fest. After casual greetings, he started off with, “Wow, year three!” I hadn’t really thought about it, but it’s crazy to think about how things have worked out. A simple conversation about getting NMU Hospitality Management together for an event of some kind has spiraled into an annual farm-to-table celebration, honoring and connecting links throughout the Upper Peninsula’s local food system, from farmers to eaters and everyone in-between.

Food @ MSU: What to eat, what not to eat

Event, Get Involved, Health, Learn More, Sheril Kirshenbaum, Southeast Michigan

Food can be confusing for anyone, but as a mom, it’s even more complicated. I’m constantly attempting to achieve balance between what’s healthiest for my family and what my boys are willing to eat, which changes often. And I don’t always succeed, despite good intentions. My oldest regularly requests mac and cheese, while the toddler rejects almost anything he doesn’t recognize. Meals in our house can be a struggle. 

Detroit Foodie Fair to be a Certified Local Food Event

Detroit, Event, Find Local Food, Kelly Wilson

It’s Sunday morning and the Eastern Market, one of the nation’s oldest urban markets is teeming with visitors. Shoppers pack the market sheds and weave in and out of market stalls sipping coffee, trying on unique jewelry, and perusing locally made art. Detroit area food artisans sample their products and the air is filled with delicious scents wafting from several food trucks. On September 22, The Detroit Foodie Fair will be adding to the fun! 

Grubstake Invests in your Community

Economy, Event, Get Involved, Kelly Wilson

If you’re reading this blog, you’re likely a local food enthusiast who places value on purchasing from local food businesses within your community. You shop at the farmers market, frequent local retailers, and buy directly from food and beverage producers. You make these choices for many reasons; not the least of which is how local purchasing ensures the businesses you frequent stay in business. 

Buy Michigan Now’s 11th Annual Festival Returns to Downtown Northville

Event, Find Local Food, Food Trucks, Get Involved

Festival to Take Place August 2-4, 2019

(Livonia, July 1, 2019) – Buy Michigan Now is gearing up to host the 11th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival in Downtown Northville, August 2-4, which promotes Michigan-based businesses. Limited vendor and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

“We are so excited to once again be celebrating Buy Michigan Week with a great big party in Northville,” said Lisa Diggs, founder of the Buy Michigan Now campaign. “Every year it is a delight to see people come back for their favorites and discover brand new Michigan-made products.” 

Eating Like a Local in Alpena, Part 1 of 3

Eat Local, Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Molly Stepanski

One of the best parts about traveling across the Mitt during the summer is discovering new, locally-sourced farmers markets, restaurants, breweries, wineries, and all the events in between! There’s one city in particular that keeps popping up on our radar, and for good reason. Located right on Lake Huron, the “Sanctuary of the Great Lakes,” Alpena offers countless shipwrecks to explore, 100 miles of hiking and biking trails, three Dark Sky Preserve Parks, seven lighthouses in the area to clamber, and over 300,000 acres of fishing and boating opportunities. You’d think it couldn’t get much better.

But with a growing local food scene beckoning growers and producers alike to this area, the cuisine competition is challenging chefs and event planners in the area to up their game and source more locally. We are doing a three part series on Alpena. Here you’ll find the best places to find your locally-sourced grub while you’re visiting this spectacular Lake Huron haunt during the height of the season.  

Get to Know our Summer Interns

Environment, Event, Get Involved, Health, Jobs

We are excited to host three great interns this summer! In northern Michigan, we have Emily Lesky as our Community Health Intern and Julia Linder as our Communications and Outreach Intern. In Southeast Michigan, Travertine Garcia is our Community Health Intern. These amazing ladies will help Taste the Local Difference further our mission of educating consumers about the benefits of local food and supporting food and farming entrepreneurs.