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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:  […]

Cut Down on Waste: Chicken Liver Mousse

Meat production in this country is heavily industrialized. The industry meets consumer demand by producing high volumes of only a few popular cuts from the entire animal, often wasting the rest. Chicken breasts, for instance, are so profitable that they finance all other parts of the bird, including the legs and wings.  But, this doesn’t […]

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3 Ways to Stay Healthy and Shop Local with Edson Farms

Edson Farms helps their community with wellness, and features local products on their shelves to achieve that mission. This Traverse City store has brought wholesome, sustainable and allergen-friendly options for more than 40 years. Here are just some of the reasons we love shopping for a healthy lifestyle at Edson Farms! Local Produce and Products  […]

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 […]

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A True Farm to Doorstep CSA: Dancing Meadows Homestead

Close to the St. Clair river and spotted with idyllic campsites, the Dancing Meadows Homestead began when Martin and Melodee Beals left corporate life in favor of bringing fresh, affordable food to the people of Southeast Michigan. Now, they run a pesticide, synthetic chemical and GMO free farm, which is reaching their community with a […]

Local Pottery for Your Local Food

A quick who’s who for who’s making local food look good: these Michigan potters are making mugs that will make your local coffee taste even better, and practical dinnerware that goes seamlessly with a CSA-inspired dinner.   In Northwest Michigan: Laura Brown of Lou Pottery in Leelanau County is making colanders that are perfect for summertime […]

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Life Lessons From Culinary School

I recently finished a journey through culinary school, graduating with my fresh Culinary Sales and Marketing degree from the Great Lakes Culinary Institute. While I did learn a lot of technical skills and terms in my classes (batonnet, béchamel and blind baking, oh my!), my biggest takeaways have been the lessons that applied to life […]

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Winter 2021 Cookbook Club: Zingerman’s Bakehouse

Michigan winters are filled with perfect baking days: the cold invites you to preheat the oven, snowy days ask for warm freshly-baked bread, and sweaters allow for extra desserts. This Winter, we’ve selected the Michigan cookbook Zingerman’s Bakehouse for extra baking inspiration!  About the Author:  Amy Emberling and Frank Carollo are co-owners of Zingerman’s Bakehouse, […]

Crop Spot: Potatoes

I’m a potato kind of person. Not only is the tuber ingrained in my personal heritage of a Midwestern girl with Irish ancestry, I am one to know where to get the best fry in town, and be absolutely comforted by a mashed potato ‘volcano’ with gravy spilling over the side.

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