Specialty Producers

The Brinery: Tempeh is Back!

The Brinery (Ann Arbor, MI) aims to nourish the community with traditionally fermented foods, such as hot sauces, sauerkrauts, kimchi, and once again, tempeh. Tempeh from the Brinery has been on hiatus since the end of 2017, when they decided to focus on their core vegetable ferments. The Brinery staff, and fans, are excited to […]

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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 […]

Light of Day Organic’s story

Light of Day Organic’s certified Organic (MOSA) & Biodynamic (Demeter) farms are located in Leelanau County. They have been growing and producing small batches of loose leaf tea since 2003. The company was founded by Angela Macke, a Registered Nurse and Horticulturalist who believes that a gentle, holistic approach is the most effective way to restore optimal […]

A Michigan Hot Sauce Tour

Things are heating up, both outside and on the shelves of local food purveyors! You’ve got to love a summer meal with a little bit of kick. Keep it local with these Michigan-made sauces to spice up your day!  The sauces:  Clancy’s Fancy Hot Sauce Clancy’s Fancy Hot Sauce is a classic Michigan go-to when […]

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 […]

Make an Impact with Pour for More

Thanks to Pour for More, a collaborative micro-grant program, a pint of beer benefits injured birds of prey and a smoothie helps teach children’s gardening classes. By making a mindful purchase when visiting select local beverage establishments in Northern Michigan, all these ideas become reality with the help of this program. Pour For More utilizes […]

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Shared Kitchen Space Fosters Business Growth

Proud Mitten Shared Kitchen, located in the heart of downtown Plymouth, is a culinary gem nestled within the recently preserved Plymouth Arts and Recreation (PARC) Complex. Owner Marlo Bendon firmly believes in the shared kitchen model as a means to support the success of new food business entrepreneurs. “Many small businesses have had the opportunity to […]

3 Ways to Drink Local during Dry January

Happy New Year! For a fresh start, many people are abstaining from alcohol this month, for Dry January. Fortunately, Michigan is home to a wide variety of coffee roasters, kombucha brewers, and tea purveyors. Check out some of our favorite non-alcoholic Michigan beverage businesses!  Coffee  Higher Grounds Trading Co. : Located in Traverse City, this […]

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