A Season of Transition

By Tricia Phelps

Tricia OutdoorsCold temperatures are descending on northern Michigan as one season ends and another approaches. But more than ever before, local farmers are extending their growing season with greenhouses, hoophouses and covering late season crops to shield them from frost. With that effort, even throughout the cold winter months, consumers have access to fresh, local produce. Outdoor farmers markets may be closing down, but indoor farmers markets are emerging all throughout the region.

Just as we shield ourselves with coats, hats, and scarves, as winter approaches, local farmers are preparing the land and crops—tilling old beds, pulling out old trellises, and planting cover crops. Preparing the land for winter increases the fertility of the soil come spring. But we can help, too—by visiting local retailers and indoor farmers markets, which help our hardworking farmers through the cold winter. In turn, their fresh produce nurtures and sustains us, keeping us healthy and happy no matter the weather.

Here are a few places to keep in mind this winter.

Indoor Farmers Markets:

Frankfort Farmers Market

9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturdays

While in Frankfort why not stop by the Crescent Bakery and Café’?  They offer all sorts of locally made and sourced goodies. http://www.crescent-bakery.com

Boyne City Farmers Market

8 a.m.- noon Saturdays

Right down the block in downtown Boyne City, you’ll also find two eateries from our supporters at Magnum Hospitality: Red Mesa Grill and the new Café’ Sante (which features “locally inspired cuisine and cocktails” menu.) http://www.magnumhospitality.com/

Charlevoix Farmers Market

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays

As you pass through the narrows lining up for the Bridge, make sure to carve out some time to stroll Charlevoix’s streets and take in some of the wares of our retail partners there.  There’s the Cherry Republic Store (www.cherryrepublic.com) ,  Oleson’s Food Market (http://www.olesonsfoods.com/storeinformation.html) , Roquette Burger Bistro (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roquette-Burger-Bistro/104414842959577), and Stafford’s Weathervane restaurant http://www.staffords.com.  All of them are TLD supporters and make an effort to sell local foods.

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons Farmers Market

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays

While you’re enjoying the brink-lined corridors of Building 50, take a stroll down to the local-food star, Trattoria Stella.  Their commitment to local foods is amazing. http://stellatc.com

Petoskey Winter Indoor Farmers Market

Fridays 8:30 a.m. – noon at the NCMC Student Services Building

NCMC is located on the north side of town. On your way there and back, make sure to stop by one of downtown Petoskey’s local food heroes, American Spoon.  They have great store and kitchen featuring fresh food to delight your senses… and you can buy some of their famous jams and preserves as well.

Tricia Phelps holds the 2013 Taste the Local Difference internship on local food marketing.  You can reach her through our email system, info@localdifference.org.

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  1. […] See on localdifference.wordpress.com […]

  2. […] helping to market local food at our grocery retailers and writing for our biweekly newsletter. My first post was published this week; all about the season change thats on the horizon and what that means for […]

  3. […] Since we’re already doing an article on Duerksen’s Turkey Farms this week, we asked our partners at two of the region’s best-known natural food stores for a few recipes to help us fill out our Thanksgiving table.  Here are some delectable dishes from The Grain Train in Petoskey and Oryana Natural Foods in Traverse City.  You can also find many local ingredients are the area’s extended season or indoor farmers markets.  See Tricia Phelps’ article on where to shop from last month’s Local Food Companion here. […]

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