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Homemade for the Holidays

The holiday buzz is here— covered in tinsel and flooding your inbox with cyber sales. But a look past the shiny, brash exterior reveals an activity at the heart of the season: gathering together with friends and family. What brings us all together this time of year? Well, food.

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The Local Food Economy

Local food has become a burgeoning industry over the last few years as more consumers begin to question where their food is coming from. While it’s true that ‘local’ was popular decades before the rapid globalization of our food system, the local food industry we see today is actually a new one with different players, […]

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Interested in Food Preservation?

We’re giving away a chance to have fun and learn. That’s right, you heard me! You have a chance to attend a free class of your choice with ISLAND’s Preservation Station (Blanche- for short) thanks to TLD. A class with Blanche will teach you the basics about food preservation, get you excited about preserving food in your own kitchen, […]

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Is Local Food just a Trend?

**This column originally appeared in the July 11, 2015, edition of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.  When people ask me if the Local Food Movement is just a trend, my answer is no, it’s here to stay and this is just the beginning.

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A “Fresh” Perspective

A Review of the Film “Fresh” By Tricia Phelps There are countless documentaries making comments on the current state of our food system. They each differ in varying degrees of tragedy, omission, honesty and optimism.  “Fresh” became part of that ever growing panoply of films in 2009.  The film’s director, Ana Sofia Joanes, sets “Fresh” apart […]

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Infographic – Food Waste

By Bill Palladino I like this one.  My family tries very, very, hard to narrow our waste stream.  It’s evident every week on our street.  Our neighborhood’s garbage service uses bright red bags, and in the snow we’ve had they stand out.  Our home only has a red bag in front of it once a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Michael Pollan’s “Cooked”

By Bill Palladino “Alone among the animals, we humans insist that our food be not only ‘good to eat’ —tasty, safe, and nutritious— but also, in the words of Claude Levi-Strauss, ‘good to think,’ for among all the many other things we eat, we also eat ideas.”  

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A Non-GMO Thanksgiving Infographic

We get a lot of questions from the community about sourcing Non-GMO products.  Here’s a sweet infographic from the Non-GMO Project on sourcing your Thanksgiving feast.  From the folks at the Non-GMO Project.  For more information about GMO and non-GMO food products be sure to visit the folks at Oryana in TC, and The Grain […]

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