Eat Local

Got (Raw) Milk?

In 1948, Michigan became the first state to mandate that all milk sold to consumers be pasteurized. Pasteurization is the process of heating the milk to sterilize out any harmful bacteria, making it last longer and less prone to causing disease. This process became popular in the late 1800s, in response to a public health […]

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 […]

MEDC Pitch Contest Awards Upper Peninsula Value Added Producers

Another big wave of support has made its way to Upper Peninsula value-added food producers! As economic recovery efforts across Michigan gather momentum, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is continuing to find innovative opportunities to collaborate with local partners to bring critical support and growth opportunities to small businesses. The U.P. Food Processing Pitch […]

Strengthening Michigan’s Seafood Industry

Whether it’s haddock or crab from the Atlantic Coast, or a shrimp grown in Michigan (yes, really!), how much seafood do you consume at home every week? During a normal year, how many times did you order seafood at a restaurant? According to Chris Chase of SeafoodSource, “In 2019, foodservice and retail seafood sales both […]

Know your Farmer: Heartwood Forest Farm

Nestled in the Leelanau Peninsula, Heartwood Forest Farm is a woman owned and operated USDA Certified Organic farm. With two acres of land dedicated to the pollinators who make the farm possible, Patti Travioli is the farm owner, home herbalist, and horticulturist who carefully tends over acres of herbs, vegetables, and beautiful flowers.  From Anise […]

Crop Spot: Asparagus

During Michigan springtime, one of the first vegetables you’ll find available in your garden and at the farmers market is asparagus! This versatile veggie can be prepared in a variety of ways: raw, steamed, grilled, roasted, or sautéed, which makes it a great choice for an easy and healthy addition to any meal. Keep your […]

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 […]