It’s a beautiful day in Flint, Michigan. The sky is clear, flowers are in bloom and the volunteer gardeners in the edible flint Demonstration Garden are hard at work. Mike Roose is watering pepper plants in the raised-bed gardens. Scott Poinsett is trimming the garden perimeter, and Garden Manager Ginny Farah is harvesting crops for neighborhood residents. By the time they are done, the community garden will look its best in preparation for the evening’s food garden tour.
The average age of farm operators in the United States is 58. In the next 20 years, an estimated 70 percent of privately owned agricultural land is expected to change hands in the US. Farmers in the Grand Traverse Region are not immune to this graying trend, as the average age of operators in this area ranges from about 55 in Kalkaska to nearly 60 in Manistee. Moreover, it is expected that around 83,000 acres of farmland in our region will change hands in coming years as well.
The rising demand for local food has presented new opportunities and challenges for an industry that has largely been export-based for the past 50 years. So when local producers in the region determined that better access to expertise, training, business development and capitalization would help them meet this growing demand, TLD listened.
Over the last year, Taste the Local Difference® has added a lot of new territory to our service area. For the first time ever we are including all of northern Michigan’s food & farming community– both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. That’s why we’ve nearly double the size of our newest publication, the 13th edition of our annual Guide to Local Food.
You can find The Guide to Local Food in Northern Michigan for FREE at select locations throughout the region. The guide is an important community resource, so let us know if you need a copy by emailing: email@example.com or stop by one of the sites listed below!
Grand Traverse County:
Traverse City Visitor’s Bureau, Traverse City Chamber, BLK MRKT, Right Brain Brewery, Grand Traverse Distillery, Rare Bird Brewery, Tom’s Food Market, Oleson’s Food Stores, Oryana Natural Foods Market, The Grand Traverse Resort, Evergreen Market, Burritt’s Fresh Market, The Little Fleet, Benjamin Twiggs, Chateau Grand Traverse Winery, Harvest Restaurant, Workshop Brewery, Inside Out Gallery, Third Coast Chocolate, The Cheese Lady, Acoustic Mead, Taproot Cider House, Pleasanton Bakery, Higher Grounds Coffee, Mission Table Restaurant, Jolly Pumpkin, Chateau Chantal Winery, Tastes of Black Star Farms, Gallagher’s Farm Market, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, West Bay Beach, Bayshore Resort, Park Place, Cambria, Country Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn, Best Western, Hotel Indigo, Mitchell Creek Inn, Hampton Inn, Great Wolf Lodge, Parkshore Resort, Pinestead Reef Resort, Grand Beach Resort Hotel, Tamarack Lodge Resort, Pointes North Resort, Cherry Tree Inn & Suites
Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association, 9 Bean Rows Cafe, 9 Bean Rows Bakery, Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, MSU Hort Station in Suttons Bay, Art’s Tavern, Cherry Republic, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Visitors Center, Northport CVB, The Redhead’s Cafe, Tandem Ciders, Suttons Bay Bikes, Mawby, Green Bird Cellars, Anderson’s Glen Arbor Market, Black Star Farms, Good Harbor Grill, The Homestead, Idyll Farms, Blustone Vineyards
Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim & Kalkaska Counties
Petoskey Area Chamber of Commerce, Petoskey Cheese, Grain Train, Grain Train Neighborhood Market, American Spoon Cafe, Coveyou Scenic Farm Market, Maple Moon Winery, Petoskey Library, Guntzviller Vegetable and Berry Farm, Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Staffords Bay View Inn, Stafford’s Pier, Stafford’s Weathervane, Friske’s Farm Market, Roast and Toast, Julienne Tomatoes, Shetler’s Family Dairy, Kalkaska Health Dept, NW Michigan Health Dept, Charlevoix Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, King Orchards, Charlevoix Country Club, Short’s Brewing Company
Benzie, Manistee, Wexford & Missaukee Counties
Grow Benzie, Elberto’s Taqueria, Market Basket, Wee Bee Jammin’, St. Ambrose Cellars, Port City Organics Real Food Market, Benzie Visitors Bureau, Frankfort Visitors Bureau, Stormcloud Brewing Company, Crystal Mountain Resort, Oliver Art Center, Harbor Lights Resort, The Hotel Frankfort
The Upper Peninsula
Marquette Food Co-op, MSU Extension
Cheboygan Brewing Company, Northeast Michigan Council of Governments
If you’d like to carry the Guide to Local Food and you don’t already please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!