Highlight on Healthy Eating: National Nutrition Month

Michigan companies make it easy to celebrate National Nutrition Month. Here are our suggestions for keeping a healthy lifestyle while choosing local!  Make your smoothie routine as smooth as possible with Purple Beet! As Purple Beet’s most popular flavor, the Blueberry + Hemp smoothie pack combines cherries and blueberries with the plant powered protein from […]

Local Food Icons: Three Women You Should Know

It’s Women’s History Month! This month is all about amplifying the stories of women, and we’re highlighting a few who have made a significant impact on local food and our food system. While women have ancestrally and historically been a huge part of the food system, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate 3 […]

in Claire Butler, Food Policy, Learn More, Stories

MSU Incubator Farm Seeks Applications

Are you interested in starting your own farm one day, but looking for a little more experience and mentorship first? The Michigan State University Farm Business Incubator could be for you! Located at the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in beautiful Chatham, this program provides access to organically managed land, hoop house space, […]

in Agriculture, Economy, Get Involved, Learn More, Upper Peninsula

Five Food Focused Films for 2021

I love using film as a method to learn more about food. Each February, I share some films that have impacted my perspective around food. See my picks for this year, in no particular order. Gather – 2020 – Rent on Vimeo  This powerful film tells important stories of Native American’s reclaiming their spiritual, political […]

in Alex Palzewicz, Film, Food Waste, Get Involved, Health, Learn More, Stories

South East Market Supplies from BIPOC Producers to Cultivate the “Beloved Community”

South East Market is a force of radical change in Grand Rapids during this tumultuous year. The new grocery store is located in the South East neighborhood of Grand Rapids, a historically underserved area where 1 in 8 people experience food insecurity. The market combats food insecurity in their community while sourcing primarily from farms […]

Upcoming Michigan Virtual CSA Fair! 2/26

The Michigan Statewide CSA Network, a collaboration between Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS), MSU Extension, and Taste the Local Difference, is excited to announce their upcoming Michigan virtual CSA Fair on February 26th. Those that would like to learn more about what a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share is, what their options are, and […]

in Eat Local, Find Local Food, Learn More, Press Release

Reclaiming Food Sovereignty

“Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than […]

in Agriculture, Environment, Guest Post

Michigan Gifts for Your Valentine’s Day and Beyond

Stumped on what to give your Valentine this Sunday? Need inspiration for a romantic gift for an upcoming birthday celebration? Check out our local sources for great gift stops: For the partner who loves to snack:  Head to North Country Candy and Gifts and sign your special someone up for a subscription for candy corn […]

Mardi Gras: Michigan Edition

Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, is a Christian holiday that is celebrated the day before the religious season of Lent begins. But you may know it as a day of feasting and revelry before Ash Wednesday and weeks of fasting that ends with Easter. Although Mardi Gras originated as a religious tradition, it is […]

in Detroit, Find Local Food