Stories

Raise Your Glass to Farmers Market Cocktails!

Every summer the The Little Fleet in downtown Traverse City incorporates the bounty of northern Michigan in their handcrafted cocktails and we love it! These creative and refreshing farmer’s market inspired cocktails highlight ingredients from local farms and orchards in our region. This year, we’re excited to pair up with The Little Fleet to bring […]

in Bailey Samp, Drinks, Stories

Edson Farms: 40 Years devoted to Local Food in Traverse City

For the last 40 years, Edson Farms Natural Food Store has served Traverse City’s natural food needs. Now the store is bigger than ever with their recent expansion project. Their increased deli and local produce section contributes to their mission of supporting their community. “With the expansion of product offerings and a more navigable store, […]

Read local: A new flavor of locavore-ism

You already eat, drink, and shop local, right? Today, I invite you to expand your locavore-ism to a new realm: Reading local. Specifically, reading The Orphan Daughter, the story of how two fragile souls – 11-year-old orphan Lucy Ortiz and her aunt, prickly empty- nester Jane McArdle — forge a family in the aftermath of […]

in Authors, Guest Post, Stories, Traverse City

New Local Food Coordinator for Detroit: Nick Jones

Nick is an adopted Michigander. After growing up in Colorado, Nick discovered a passion for food and farming at Deep Springs College. That passion eventually led him to Detroit, with its urban farms and an energetic food culture. Before joining Taste the Local Difference, Nick operated the vegetable farm at Food Field for two seasons. […]

in Southeast Michigan, Stories

Get a Local Tree this Christmas!

The holidays are here and it is time to start the search for your real Christmas tree. The good news is, in Michigan you have several great options to choose from when looking for that perfect tree. Michigan growers produce a wide variety of tree species, in fact, more than any other state. When visiting […]

in Guest Post, Specialty Producers, Stories

A Farmer’s Diary: Beginning Farmer Institute, Part 2

Our second session with the 2018-19 National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) took us into the country’s heart of organic produce, the salad bowl of America, the sunny Salinas Valley, California. Again, we were the last to arrive late at night, and a bit jet-lagged. For the first day of training, we participated […]