Raise Your Glass to Farmers Market Cocktails!

Bailey Samp, Drinks, Stories

Every summer the The Little Fleet in downtown Traverse City incorporates the bounty of northern Michigan in their handcrafted cocktails and we love it! These creative and refreshing farmer’s market inspired cocktails highlight ingredients from local farms and orchards in our region.

This year, we’re excited to pair up with The Little Fleet to bring you fresh, local-inspired libations featuring different farms each month through Fall. You can follow @tastethelocaldifference for featured cocktails, spirits, recipes, and what’s in season at the farmers market. 

7 Warming Winter Food Events in Traverse City

Bailey Samp, Benefit, Drinks, Eat Local, Environment, Event, Find Local Food, Specialty Producers, Traverse City, Wine

Embrace the long Winter season with these local dinners, community events, and cooking classes in the Traverse City area! There’s plenty of opportunities for everyone to get out of the house on the frightful Winter days ahead.

Farmers Market Find Cocktails

Find Local Food, Gary and Allison Jonas, Stories, The Little Fleet

With all the wonderful bounty northern Michigan has to offer, it’s not only easy to eat local, it’s delicious! But why should your plate have all the fun? We love coming up with unique handcrafted cocktails, often with an unexpected twist. We believe a drink’s ingredients are the most important difference between a good drink and amazing drink. Soooo….we decided to take advantage of some of the best ingredients our area has to offer, and showcase them in a weekly cocktail feature.

The Sara Hardy Farmers Market, a well-rounded market that we visit weekly, was the perfect spot to source our farmers market finds for our farm to glass creations. Each week, we visit the market and let the creative juices start flowing. Highlighting the local ingredient in our handcrafted cocktails is always the goal, letting the quality of these products shine.

Here are a few examples of how we’ve incorporated some of these local ingredients into our special drink features:

Strawberries and elder flowers – tequila blanco, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, fresh lemon, house made Loma Farm elder flower cordial, and local strawberry purée

BlueberriesBuchans Blueberry Hill blueberries, roasted, and basil margarita

Watermelon – local Watermelon Agua Fresca

Black raspberries and lavender – local smashed black raspberries and housemade lavender cordial, with bourbon and lemon

Sweet cornHall Farm sweet corn muddled with house made chili tequila, agave, and lime

Beets – negroni made with Loma Farm’s beets

butternut squash cocktail

Tomato – tequila blanco, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, fresh local tomato water, and a hint of citrus

Squash – local butternut squash and Sleeping Bear Farms maple syrup with fresh lemon and vodka

Our Farmers Market Find Cocktails will be available at The Little Fleet at least through the end of October while the Sara Hardy Farmers Market remains open.

If you’re interested in stepping up your cocktail game at home, check out our “Get Schooled!” Cocktail workshops this fall and winter.

Don’t forget to drink your veggies!

The Little Fleet, 448 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI 49684 

Gary and Allison Jonas are the owners of The Little Fleet. Contact them at info@thelittlefleet.com

Hungry for your next Food Adventure? Explore with Zingerman’s Great American Food Tours!

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Zingerman’s Great American Food Tours are designed to highlight iconic American food communities by immersing guests in the local food, culture, and history. What better way to experience a new place, than through taste and the stories of folks who live and love their local food? We’re bringing our love and passion for the Grand Traverse Bay area to Zingerman’s’ guests from all across the country.