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Heirloom Tomato Paella

Recipes, Tenille Enger

Step away from the pumpkin spice latte!   Yes, our days are getting noticeably shorter and Labor Day is but a memory, but this is when it gets GOOD in Michigan. No other time of the year will gift us with this much fresh local produce. Stores and Farmer’s markets are overflowing with the best of summer – sweet corn, blackberries, green beans, real vine ripened tomatoes… this is what we dream about in the dregs of February! Let’s make the most of it! Let’s start with this…..

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Fall into Good Habits

Find Local Food, Retail, Tricia Phelps

We form habits, and we depend on them nearly every day because they make our busy lives easier.

Now, as summer transitions into fall, we have the perfect opportunity to develop new habits that affect our health and wellbeing in positive ways. The food we eat, and therefore our health, is strongly impacted by our food purchasing habits–What better way to develop those habits than by changing the way we shop?


Brown Butter Zucchini Cornbread

Recipes, Tenille Enger

A recipe really is only as good as its ingredients and the care you put into it. Take this version of cornbread for example.  Source the best ingredients, local when possible, like eggs from Morganic Farm or buttermilk from Shetler Family Dairy.


Grilled Peach & Heirloom Tomato Salsa

Recipes, Tricia Phelps

Ripe peaches on the grill simply scream summer. The natural sugars in a peach are taken to an entirely new level when placed over the flame. Homemade salsas are a quick and easy way to bring together the best local produce the season has to offer. With gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, flavorful cucumbers and sweet juicy peaches we have the base of a delicious summer fruit salsa. Toss in some homegrown cilantro and a bit of locally produced Cilantro Jalapeño Sunflower Oil and you’ve got yourself a naturally refreshing sweetness paired with the perfect kick.

This recipe features local produce from VerSnyder’s Fruit, Providence Organic Farm & Shiloh’s Garden as well as locally produced oils from Grand Traverse Culinary Oils.


Grandpa’s Easy Fridge Pickles

Recipes, Tenille Enger

The only exact things about this recipe are the measurements for the brine.  Everything else is up for grabs – the amount of garlic or dill, the amount of heat you want, the vegetable or vegetables you use in your pickle, and even the amount of pickle you want to make. Unused brine can be poured into a glass container and refrigerated for future use*.  Simply bring back to the boil before using for your next batch. 

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Buchan’s Blueberry Hill

Farmers Markets, Kyle Huggett, Stories

Just as the sun broke the horizon I arrived to Buchan’s Blueberry Hill–the morning dew still fresh on the acres of blueberry bushes. Ben Buchan rode up on his ATV and Lori Buchan stepped out of the industrial kitchen with a welcoming smile. The pair wasted no time in greeting us and offering a tour of their land.


Results of the New Farm-focused Progamming during NCF

Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Nick Viox

The National Cherry Festival has been a catalyst of activity for Northern Michigan summers for 89 years. Visitors and locals alike are able to enjoy parades, rides, and countless events within the festival that hype up the vibrancy of our already bustling bayside city. This year, keeping in the theme of “Preserving the Tradition”, the National Cherry Festival wanted to amp up their involvement with what this festival is all about – local agriculture.