Local Foodie Checklist

The Local Foodie Checklist is a monthly list of ways to support your local Michigan food scene. Here’s some suggestions for the month:  1) Order Takeout  Many restaurants and their staff have been severely affected by COVID-19 and its restrictions. Michigan has many incredible restaurants and food experiences, and you can help make sure they’re […]

in Eat Local, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Restaurant

Making Valuable Connections 

Imagine for a moment, a fresh Taste the Local Difference Local Food Coordinator, newly tasked with making new connections in their region to locally grown and produced foods. It’s a simple concept, sure, but take my region for example, the Upper Peninsula, over 16,000 square miles, dotted with numerous communities all accessing food in different […]

Mental Health First Aid for Farmers

The National Farmers Union’s 118th Anniversary Convention gathered family farmers, ranchers, and industry professionals at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Georgia, earlier this March. This is an annual opportunity for family farmers from across the country to come together to learn, collaborate, and grow through discussions, brainstorming, and breakout sessions. While I didn’t have the […]

in Agriculture, Environment, Health, Learn More

Quick Pickles for Fall

Spice up your autumn meals with pickled fresno chiles! Not up for the heat? Try out these recipes from Chef Andy Elliot of Modern Bird Bakery for some of our other fall favorites: carrots, kohlrabi, cauliflower, and beets.

in Farmers Markets, Recipes, Traverse City

Guide to 7 Heirloom Tomatoes

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 […]

in Bailey Samp, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food

Shoreline Wild Salmon: Bringing it Home

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 […]

in Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Southeast Michigan

Growing Good Habits: Headstart visits Sara Hardy Farmers Market

With support from the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) grant, two Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency Head Start programs will be improving their culture around health, local food and classroom nutrition education in the upcoming months. The BHC program focuses on are incorporating nutrition education into their curriculum. They do this by offering hands-on taste tests and […]

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