Specialty Producers

NoMi Snack Board: Upgrade Your Grazing Game

Want to upgrade your summer snacking? You can’t do much better than local food, and it’s easy to bring a Northern Michigan grazing board together using Taste the Local Difference’s resources.  Taste the Local Difference (TLD) not only publishes a yearly Local Food Guide, but we also have an online directory that can help you […]

Make an Impact with Pour for More

Thanks to Pour for More, a collaborative micro-grant program, a pint of beer benefits injured birds of prey and a smoothie helps teach children’s gardening classes. By making a mindful purchase when visiting select local beverage establishments in Northern Michigan, all these ideas become reality with the help of this program. Pour For More utilizes […]

in Beer, Benefit, Drinks, Get Involved, Specialty Producers, Traverse City

Shared Kitchen Space Fosters Business Growth

Proud Mitten Shared Kitchen, located in the heart of downtown Plymouth, is a culinary gem nestled within the recently preserved Plymouth Arts and Recreation (PARC) Complex. Owner Marlo Bendon firmly believes in the shared kitchen model as a means to support the success of new food business entrepreneurs. “Many small businesses have had the opportunity to […]

3 Ways to Drink Local during Dry January

Happy New Year! For a fresh start, many people are abstaining from alcohol this month, for Dry January. Fortunately, Michigan is home to a wide variety of coffee roasters, kombucha brewers, and tea purveyors. Check out some of our favorite non-alcoholic Michigan beverage businesses!  Coffee  Higher Grounds Trading Co. : Located in Traverse City, this […]

in Drinks, Health, Local Ingredients, Specialty Producers

Demystifying NE Michigan Food & Farming Entrepreneurship

The Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) has been instrumental in facilitating Taste the Local Difference’s growth in NE Michigan over the last three years. This has ultimately resulted in not only building higher demand for local food in the region, but in people realizing the true potential of Sunrise Side ingenuity and innovation. This […]