CoVID-19

7 Easy Ways to Safely Support Local Food Businesses this Winter

Winter is coming and, with it, local food businesses are bracing for impact. As we cozy up and stay safe at home, our beloved restaurants and shops are navigating the need to pivot, yet again. “There’s an upcoming season of hustling hard, reinventing, celebrating small joys, and unfortunately, suffering some substantial losses,” says Lauren Bloom […]

Fermentation as Preservation

This year, everyone is concerned with staying healthy — and staying occupied. One way people are experimenting in the kitchen is through food preservation. Fermentation is an age-old practice of keeping food edible for longer which brings additional health benefits from bacteria, fungi and yeasts. These microbes are good for our gut microbiome (which controls […]

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Cedar Springs Brewing Company preserves Oktoberfest tradition

As we trudge through the morass of Covid life, it feels like a lost memory recalling scenes where folks packed under tents to clank steins, glug Märzen and shovel sausages down their gullets. With revelry postponed, we can still find joy in these traditional German styles that celebrate community and good times, and while there’s […]

The New Normal: Local Farms and Businesses Collaborate

As the global COVID-19 pandemic wears on, farms and businesses are continuing to adapt. One exciting facet of these adaptations are new collaborations between farms, restaurants, and other businesses all working to support themselves–and one another. In southeast Michigan, these new collaborations are taking many forms. 

FoodLab Detroit: Envisioning a Post-Pandemic Restaurant Industry

“We can either use this crisis as a chance to create a more democratic economy where we’re broadening ownership and wealth, supporting businesses that are grounded in their workers and communities, and trying to build businesses together that are owned by the community like a cooperative, or we continue to do business as usual when […]

Using SNAP/EBT at the Farmers Market

Due to the global pandemic, Michigan’s statewide food insecurity rate is predicted to increase from 13.6% to 21% by the end of the year.1 Food pantries and emergency food sites are feeling the impact of this increased need. Food Gatherers, a Washtenaw county hunger relief agency, has reported a 30-300% increase in people seeking assistance […]

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