Power of Produce (PoP) Clubs Encourage Kids to Enjoy Local Produce

“Exposing kids to fruits and vegetables at an early age increases the likelihood that they’ll eat veggies and fruit as adults,” says Kelly Wilson, RDN. “This is really important as we know that eating fruits and vegetables is a huge tool for preventing chronic disease.” Want to introduce your kids to new fruits and vegetables, […]

In Detroit, Collaboration is Key for Farm and Food Businesses’ Success

Last spring, when lockdown measures were in place and trips to the grocery store were fraught, Detroit farm and food businesses stepped in to offer an alternative. “Covid changed everything,” remembers Molly Hubbell, co-owner of Ambassador Fridge farm in Detroit’s North End neighborhood. “There was a real issue with [fresh food] supply in the city. […]

Elixirs: Wellness Cafe Opens in Marquette

“Elixirs had been planned before the pandemic,” Kate Lewandowski, co-owner of Elixirs shares. They intended to open during the beginning of the summer of 2020, but eventually opened in October, only to shut down again that following spring. After a tumultuous start for the business, they are excited to announce they are open and ready […]

How to Buy Michigan Flowers

Here in Michigan, summertime means the majority of our local foods and products are in season! The best way to crown a table full of seasonal, local foods is to include flowers of the same vein. Purchasing Michigan flowers is important because they are truly seasonal — special to their time. So head out and […]

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Eating for the Environment

Why do you buy locally grown food? Is it the flavor and quality? The chance to build community connections and relationships? To support a strong local economy? To have a positive environmental impact? Most likely, it’s some combination of all the above. If you’re reading this blog, you likely know that shopping locally, especially for […]

Local Foodie Checklist for Summer 2021

Summer is here and already flying by! Want to make sure your Summer includes Michigan’s best local food experiences? Use our Local Foodie Checklist for a fun and delicious summer!  1. Include a Farmer’s Market trip on your vacation! Many Michigan towns have weekly or biweekly farmers markets that should be a part of your […]

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Crop Spot: Cherries

Michigan is known for its cherry production, especially of tart Montmorency cherries. In fact, Michigan produces so many cherries–and other fruits!–that the western part of the state, especially the Northwest region, is sometimes referred to as the “Fruit Belt” or “Fruit Ridge.” July is peak cherry season, so now is the time to find and […]