Retail

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting Started With Your Garden

Do you dream of growing your own local food? Michigan is a great place to find local sources to help you get started. If you’ve got a hurdle, these local sources provide great solutions!  Problem: I’ve gotten a late start!  Solution: Organic plant starts from Heartwood Forest Farm Start your garden strong with certified organically […]

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 […]

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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  […]