The Power to Change Things

Curious about how the concepts of business and sustainablity can co-exist? Interested in meeting local entrepreneurs and professionals exploring how to live into triple bottom line business values? 

in Event, Kelly Wilson

The Cream of the Crop: Amish Country in NE Michigan

Michigan has long been an epicenter of Amish settlement, with the first establishments dating back to 1895. Today, Michigan’s Amish population numbers approximately 11,000, with the state’s 86 church districts strewn over 35 communities across the state. One of the oldest of these settlements is in Mio, Oscoda County. Remnants of Mio’s logging industry left […]

in Dairy, Find Local Food, Molly Stepanski

What’s our Why?

We all have a stake in our food system and environment. Since 2004, Taste the Local Difference has continued to change the culture around local food by promoting the importance of buying and sourcing locally. Each year, we feature thousands of Michigan farmers, brewers, restaurants, local grocers, and more in our 2 magazine-style annual Guides […]

in Emma Beauchamp, Environment, Learn More

Redefining Leadership

Imagine a leader of a successful company. They’re probably assertive, right? Have indisputable self confidence, maybe erring on the side of ego, and often lead the company with an iron fist. It’s true, a lot of businesses have leaders that resemble this description, but one thing is likely – the leader you imagined was probably […]

in Jobs, Traverse City, Tricia Phelps

Understanding Economic Impacts of Local Food

As awareness of local food grows, more people are becoming interested in understanding the economic impacts of local food systems. While many of us may be motivated to buy local food by values like preserving farmland, supporting small businesses, and expanding access to fresh, healthy food, these goals are economic development goals. Economic growth is […]

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 […]

in Find Local Food, Retail, Stories, Tricia Phelps