Claire Butler

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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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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Where to Find your Local Food Guide

It’s early summer in Michigan! And here at Taste the Local Difference, that means one thing: a new edition of our annual Local Food Guide. We’re busy hand delivering our Guides to a local food business near you!  Our Local Food Guide is the ultimate resource for finding local food in your neighborhood, with local […]

Perspectives: What It’s Like to be a Michigan Black Business Owner

This past year was not easy for business owners. Restaurant owners navigated constant changes in policy and safety updates, farmers rallied for the safety of their employees, markets pivoted to online sales and precautionary measures, and employees everywhere combatted furloughs, mask requirements, and the loss of income from in-person shopping and dining.  Black business owners […]

Getting Started With Your Garden

Do you dream of growing your own local food? Michigan is a great place to find local sources to help you get started. If you’ve got a hurdle, these local sources provide great solutions!  Problem: I’ve gotten a late start!  Solution: Organic plant starts from Heartwood Forest Farm Start your garden strong with certified organically […]

Spring 2021 Cookbook: Ruffage by Abra Berens

Spring is all about the excitement of fresh vegetables heading back to farmers markets and farm stands, and we’ve chosen a book to highlight the excitement of cooking with vegetables! Ruffage by Abra Berens explores springtime seasonal eats like sunchokes, radishes, ramps and asparagus, and is perfect for our Spring Cookbook Club!  About the Author:  […]