B & B Farms Canola Oil

By Tricia Phelps The popularity of canola oil is on the rise amid reports of its health benefits. On the heels of our two stories of specialty oil processors in Traverse City two weeks ago, we wanted to keep you apprised of the trend, one that arguably was started by TLD partner B&B Farms.

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Pressmeister Oils – Local and Different

By Bill Palladino “Since oils have the most aroma and nutrients when they are fresh, cold-pressed and unrefined, it helps to grow and press them locally. But it turns out, some of the crops we don’t even grow anymore close by—even though we could. We’ve lost the knowledge and infrastructure.” – C. Milz

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Non-GMO Oils for Your Kitchen from Local Farms

By Tricia Phelps “The focus for Grand Traverse Culinary Oils is keeping it local.” – W. Koucky Grand Traverse Culinary Oils, owned by William Koucky of Traverse City, just released bottles of their locally grown, locally produced canola and sunflower oils. The cold-pressed oils are made with non-GMO seed, grown here in northern Michigan.

Thanksgiving and Duerksen’s Turkeys – A Northern Michigan Tradition

By Tricia Phelps Duerksen Turkey Farm is a third-generation farm in Mancelona, Michigan. In the 1940s, Rick Duerksen’s grandmother began raising turkeys, though just enough to sustain the family. As a young boy, he looked forward to the day he would raise turkeys on a farm of his own. Soon after Rick married his wife […]

Co-op Thanksgiving Recipes

Here are some delectable dishes from The Grain Train in Petoskey and Oryana Community Co-op in Traverse City – two of NW Michigan’s best-known natural food stores for a few recipes to help us fill out our Thanksgiving table. You can also find many local ingredients at the area’s extended season or indoor farmers markets.

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A Non-GMO Thanksgiving Infographic

We get a lot of questions from the community about sourcing Non-GMO products.  Here’s a sweet infographic from the Non-GMO Project on sourcing your Thanksgiving feast.  From the folks at the Non-GMO Project.  For more information about GMO and non-GMO food products be sure to visit the folks at Oryana in TC, and The Grain […]

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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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Food Infographic To Make You Think

This infographic comes to us from our good friends at the Fair Food Network.  Oran Hesterman, executive director of the Detroit based nonprofit, hired renown economist Michael Shuman to research the potential impacts of shifting the local food economy in Michigan up by 20%.  This graphic is part of a summary of Shuman’s report that […]

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A Season of Transition

Cold temperatures are descending on northern Michigan as one season ends and another approaches. But more than ever before, local farmers are extending their growing season with greenhouses, hoophouses and covering late season crops to shield them from frost. With that effort, even throughout the cold winter months, consumers have access to fresh, local produce. […]

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