Detroit

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. […]

Explore Local Food in Detroit with MoGo 

Hop on one of MoGo’s red cruisers and pedal your way through West Village, Eastern Market, and Midtown’s finest local food businesses. New this year, MoGo, Detroit’s non-profit bike-share organization, is proud to partner with Taste the Local Difference for a featured foodie bike tour. Riders can find the ride in the TOTAGO app by […]

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 […]

Fresh Food Box Program Increases Access to Fresh Produce and Supports Farm’s Viability

Many local food businesses, including farms and farmers markets, added e-commerce platforms to safely connect with their customers throughout the pandemic. At the same time, food insecurity increased across the country and more consumers in Michigan became eligible for food assistance benefits (SNAP/EBT). Unfortunately, SNAP benefits are not able to be used in online payments […]

Join Your Local Food Co-op Effort

“Co-ops are for the people, inspired by the people, built and driven by the people,” says Dr. Akua Woolbright, Board President of the Detroit People’s Food Co-op, a lifelong community health educator and a Program Director at the Whole Cities Foundation. Across the country, cooperative grocery stores increase food access and agency in communities. These […]

Reduce Food Waste and Stock your Fridge with Hungry Harvest

Are you stuck in a weekly dinner plan rut? After months of cooking at home, it’s easy to fall into a routine with what you get at the grocery store to what you make at home. If your dinnertime playlist could use a reboot, try refreshing your meal plan with fresh produce. Hungry Harvest helps […]

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 […]

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Taste the Diaspora Detroit Celebrates Foods of the African Diaspora for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, three local food entrepreneurs are launching an initiative called  Taste the Diaspora Detroit (TDD). This celebration of Africa’s contribution to American cuisine will showcase the diverse foods of the African Diaspora through culinary storytelling. Throughout February, folks in the Detroit area can order weekly-diaspora themed dishes created by a […]

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 […]