“Meating” The Demand

From farmers to distributors to processing plants to grocery workers, the coronavirus continues to blindly take a large toll on essential workers across the food system. On day 63 of quarantine in Michigan, it’s becoming all too familiar to find grocery store shelves with fewer and fewer meat options, while some are completely bare depending […]

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

A Guide to Ramps

Utterly lacking in morels? Don’t despair — it’s also ramp season. Also called wild leek, wild garlic or even spring onion, a ramp is the best of both onion and garlic worlds combined into one magical plant. However, it’s only in season for a short amount of time in late Spring. Allium tricoccum has edible […]

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 […]

Crop Spot: Mushrooms

Did you know that there are three main types of mushrooms? Saprophytic (the kind most commonly grown), parasitic, and mycorrhizal. Saprophytic mushrooms eat dead and decomposing matter, parasitic mushrooms feed on (and kill)l living trees, and mycorrhizal mushrooms live in a symbiotic (mutually beneficial) relationship with living trees. In the Garden: Mushroom cultivation methods vary […]

in Crop Spot, Environment, Health, Learn More

Growing a Local Garden

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, gardening seems more popular than ever before. With all sectors of the country experiencing some troubles related to food, many are taking action in their yards and communities to take control of their own food supply. And that chain does not get any shorter than from your own backyard to plate. […]

in Agriculture, Gardening