A “Fresh” Perspective

A Review of the Film “Fresh” By Tricia Phelps There are countless documentaries making comments on the current state of our food system. They each differ in varying degrees of tragedy, omission, honesty and optimism.  “Fresh” became part of that ever growing panoply of films in 2009.  The film’s director, Ana Sofia Joanes, sets “Fresh” apart […]

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Infographic – Food Waste

By Bill Palladino I like this one.  My family tries very, very, hard to narrow our waste stream.  It’s evident every week on our street.  Our neighborhood’s garbage service uses bright red bags, and in the snow we’ve had they stand out.  Our home only has a red bag in front of it once a […]

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Edible Gifts for the Holiday

By Tricia Phelps Local edible gifts are easy to find if you know where to look. They make great gifts for food lovers near-and-far and can be personalized for nearly anyone in your life. Northern Michigan has access to numerous local, high-quality food producers whose products are unique and widely sought-after. As the gift-giving season […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Michael Pollan’s “Cooked”

By Bill Palladino “Alone among the animals, we humans insist that our food be not only ‘good to eat’ —tasty, safe, and nutritious— but also, in the words of Claude Levi-Strauss, ‘good to think,’ for among all the many other things we eat, we also eat ideas.”  

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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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