Health

Eating Local with Pride

It’s Pride month! One of the most commonly used symbols to celebrate LGBT+ diversity is the rainbow and the rainbow flag. This flag was created in 1978 by Gilbert Baker to create a unifying symbol of pride for the gay community. (source) These colors symbolize harmony, spirit, life, and more. The same colors of the […]

in Eat Local, Guest Post, 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 […]

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 […]

Snack time!

Everybody’s version of normal looks a little different right now, but whether you are on-the-go or staying at home, healthy snacking can be an attainable goal! In fact, sourcing local ingredients can not only provide more nutritional value in your snacks, but it also can be just as quick and easy as your typical “go-to”. […]

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9 Michigan Registered Dietitian Nutritionists You Should Know

March 10th is National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Day!  RDNs are nutrition experts with extensive science backgrounds and training that support individuals and communities in becoming their healthiest selves. They work in a variety of settings, such as community health departments, hospitals, long term care facilities, schools, private clinics, retail stores and farms.  The nutrition […]

Edson Farms Sign

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  […]

Highlight on Healthy Eating: National Nutrition Month

Michigan companies make it easy to celebrate National Nutrition Month. Here are our suggestions for keeping a healthy lifestyle while choosing local!  Make your smoothie routine as smooth as possible with Purple Beet As Purple Beet’s most popular flavor, the Blueberry + Hemp smoothie pack combines cherries and blueberries with the plant powered protein from […]

Five Food Focused Films for 2021

I love using film as a method to learn more about food. Each February, I share some films that have impacted my perspective around food. See my picks for this year, in no particular order. Gather – 2020 – Rent on Vimeo  This powerful film tells important stories of Native American’s reclaiming their spiritual, political […]

in Alex Palzewicz, Film, Food Waste, Get Involved, Health, Learn More, Stories

South East Market Supplies from BIPOC Producers to Cultivate the “Beloved Community”

South East Market is a force of radical change in Grand Rapids during this tumultuous year. The new grocery store is located in the South East neighborhood of Grand Rapids, a historically underserved area where 1 in 8 people experience food insecurity. The market combats food insecurity in their community while sourcing primarily from farms […]

Crop Spot: Beets

Beets deserve the spotlight for their funky exterior and sweet flavor alone, but add to that their superfood level nutrition, versatility in the kitchen and hearty growing characteristics and it’s easy to see that they’re a truly incredible vegetable. Past enjoying them in the kitchen, you can also use for dying fabrics and for Valentine’s […]

in Agriculture, Crop Spot, DIY, Health, Recipes, Tricia Phelps