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Get a Local Tree this Christmas!

Guest Post, Specialty Producers, Stories

The holidays are here and it is time to start the search for your real Christmas tree. The good news is, in Michigan you have several great options to choose from when looking for that perfect tree. Michigan growers produce a wide variety of tree species, in fact, more than any other state. When visiting a choose and cut farm or a retail lot, you may find trees that are soft to the touch like a Frasier Fir, blue in color like a Blue Spruce, or trees that smell like citrus called a Concolor Fir. So, whether you like a fir or a spruce, or and evergreen or citrus smell, we have you covered!

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Move over Millet, Amaranth, and Bulgur: Teff is on the Scene

Claire Smith, Find Local Food, Guest Post, Health, Local Ingredients, Southeast Michigan, Specialty Producers

Teff, or eragrostis tef, is native to Ethiopia and is the world’s tiniest grain. It is about the size of a poppy seed but packs a huge nutritional punch. It is full of calcium, protein, iron and is also a great source of fiber so you stay full and are able to regularly “take care of business.” Teff is also naturally gluten free and is a resistant starch. Resistant starches are not digested in the small intestine but, instead, processed by bacteria in your colon. These bacteria turn it into molecules that help maintain good gut health and balance blood sugar.

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Rove Estate & Winery: Part of Traverse City’s Iconic Wine Scene

Drinks, Find Local Food, Guest Post, Jeni Schmidt, Local Ingredients, Specialty Producers, Traverse City, Wine

What makes northern Michigan so iconic? One could argue that it’s the 105 miles of “fresh coast” surrounded by countless hiking trails, ski hills, lake life, and the world-renowned Sleeping Bear Dunes. Others would say it’s the dozens of festivals hosted throughout the year including the Cherry Festival, Film Festival, or Polka Festival. Some may say it’s simply the diverse foodie options served by that sweet midwestern hospitality. But, only one thing pairs well with all of these iconic experiences: wine. Rove Estate & Winery in northern Michigan is an absolute staple of all things Traverse City, therefore may be one of the most iconic locations of them all.

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Kombucha Culture

Alex Palzewicz, Drinks, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Specialty Producers

What is kombucha exactly? The simplest answer is “fermented tea” – a statement that rarely encourages a first time sipper to indulge in the sweet and tart flavors that the fermentation process produces. I fell in love with the drink myself when living in Seattle, one taste-bud-convincing sip at a time. The beverage was different, and I can’t lie and say that I was crazy about the stuff on day one – but as time went on I found myself using it to quench that desire for a sweet and flavorful beverage. Years ago, I remember visiting the UP from Seattle, and not being able to find Kombucha in the stores at all. However, in the last few years, the UP has gained some fantastic brewers who are changing the local culture.

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Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate: A Place to Love and Learn about Chocolate

Find Local Food, Jody Hayden, Specialty Producers

Here in northern Michigan, the summer months reconnect us to our food. From farm stands to farmers markets, fresh fruits and veggies call our attention to the origin of what we eat. While we can’t grow cacao here at Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate (GDC), we strive to stay connected to the origins of our chocolate and to share these connections with everyone who enters the shop.

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Welcome to the Hacienda de Gutierrez

Cara Catallo, Edible WOW, Find Local Food, Southeast Michigan, Specialty Producers

Lydia Gutierrez works.

She works as president of Hacienda Mexican Foods in Detroit. She works as a stellar community leader in, and as a fervent ambassador of, southwest Detroit. And she works a room she passes through, embracing her employees like family as she asks about their weekend, genuinely interested.

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Lady Jane Gourmet Seed Co.: Hemp & Health

Find Local Food, Guest Post, Health, Laura Noble, Specialty Producers

In an era when many food products are processed and modified, Lady Jane Gourmet Seed Co seeks to provide better access to healthy, whole food options. Based in Metamora, Michigan, this artisan, gluten-free food manufacture focuses on making products from nutritionally dense hemp seeds.

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Bløm Meadworks Highlights Michigan Ingredients and Growers

Drinks, Erica Bloom, Find Local Food, Guest Post, Southeast Michigan, Specialty Producers

Lauren Bloom and Matt Ritchey don’t have much time these days for anything that doesn’t ferment. The couple is putting in long hours at their new business, Bløm Meadworks, a space for mead enthusiasts and those trying the beverage for the first time. “We wanted to build a business around what we love to drink and share that with Ann Arbor,” says Lauren.

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Lavender Lane: A Scent-Sational Farm

Environment, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Guest Post, Joe Pusta, Specialty Producers

Lavender Lane is a specialty lavender farm located 15 minutes south of Ann Arbor in Milan.  As educators, my wife and I founded our farm in 2014 and have since expanded it to include over 5,000 plants; we grow over 16 varieties of lavender in colors of purple, pink, white and blue! Aside from its scent-sational aroma and breathtaking views, lavender keeps its appealing scent for years, can be used in cooking, promotes sound sleep, uplifts one’s mood and calms the mind and body!

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Growing Together: Fostering Creation in Shared Space

Economy, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Kelly Wilson, Learn More, Southeast Michigan, Specialty Producers

All your friends beg for your famous granola for holiday and birthday gifts. You find yourself spending hours in the kitchen and everyone encourages you to start selling your granola at the local farmers market. Thanks to the Michigan Cottage Food Law, you’re able to make your granola in your kitchen and sell it at the farmers market. However, your kitchen is quickly becoming too small to keep up with production demands and you want to start selling to the local grocery store. In order to grow your business, you need commercial kitchen space. Constructing a commercial kitchen that meets state licensing requirements, however, is more than your small business can afford. Fortunately for you, there is a shared kitchen space in town: Proud Mitten Shared Kitchen!