U-Pick Rules at King Orchards

Eat Local, Find Local Food, Know Your Farmer

Need a break from the beach? King Orchards offers great family fun for all ages. Starting with strawberries in June and ending with apples in October, there is almost always something to pick yourself. In between strawberries and apples are sweet cherries, tart cherries, raspberries, and occasionally stone fruit (apricots, peaches, and nectarines) depending on the crop size. 

Step Back in Time at the Island House Hotel

Benefit, Drinks, Find Local Food, Molly Stepanski, Wine

Since 1852, the historic Island House Hotel on Mackinac Island has housed guests coming ashore to the island. Today, it feels just like stepping back in time. With some of the most spectacular views of the harbor, the hotel is just a skip and a jump to downtown. That’s fortunate because motor traffic is banned on the island, so, walking, biking, and horse-drawn carriages are the preferred modes of transportation.

Know Your Farmer: Hallstedt Homestead

Find Local Food, Julia Linder, Know Your Farmer, Uncategorized

For all sweet cherry lovers out there, Hallstedt Homestead is the place for you. The Northport orchard, run by Sarah and Phil Hallstedt, is a new haven for sweet cherries in the heart of the cherry capital. They grow eight varieties of sweet cherries, including six varieties available for U-Pick.

Guide to 7 Heirloom Tomatoes

Bailey Samp, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food

Have you found yourself wandering the farmers market totally confused about the differences among heirloom tomato varieties?

If yes, then this guide is for you.  Unlike traditional red tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes are rainbow colored, can be green in color when ripe, and come in all shapes and sizes. The yellow varieties tend to have less acid, the reds are zesty, and the dark purple varieties can offer a savory flavor. 

Here is a look at a few different heirloom tomatoes that you can pick up at your local farmers market this season!

Grilled Salmon with Peaches

Health, Paula Martin, Recipes

Michigan peaches are a tasty treat that brighten up any snack, meal, or dessert. The peak growing season for peaches in Michigan begins in July and carries through September, making them a fresh option in the summer and fall. Peaches can also be frozen or canned and stored to enjoy throughout the year.

Eating Like a Local in Alpena, Part 2 of 3

Eat Local, Find Local Food, Molly Stepanski

With summer (finally) under way on the Sunrise Side, the quaint, small town of Alpena is abound with tourists seeking the best local food and libation experiences for that warm weather bucket list. Overlooking the beautiful Thunder Bay of Lake Huron, this city truly provides a warm and friendly port for all that visit. Luckily for the locals, they get to appreciate this city’s burgeoning food scene year-round.

In this second part of our three part series, I’ll detail some of the locals’ favorite haunts, so you can also find the best locally-sourced cuisine during your travels.  (See part 1 here.)

Play it Smooth, Keep it Local

Alex Palzewicz, Health, Recipes, Upper Peninsula

Here we are already in July, and the temperatures are finally feeling like summer here in the UP. June gave growers a slow start, but now we’ve had day after day of warm weather and the occasional thunderstorm, meaning the diversity at the farmers market is growing and growing.

So, how do I recommend Michiganders beat the summer heat? Play it smooth, smoothie that is.

Shoreline Wild Salmon: Bringing it Home

Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Southeast Michigan

Growing up in Battle Creek, also known as “Cereal City”, I learned quickly how to identify myself with the breakfast aisle of any grocery store.  Wild salmon, not so much. In fact, I refused to eat salmon growing up, which may have been the most confusing part about packing my bags and moving to Alaska just days after graduating from Michigan State University.  Fast forward four years later and here I am, shipping top quality wild salmon from the icy waters of Alaska back home to Michigan. One of my favorite parts? My dad is the one who picks it up from the airport and delivers it directly to stores in Michigan, and with help from my mom, sells our frozen salmon portions at farmers markets around Ann Arbor and Detroit.