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.
Evergreen Market is well known for being a local food marketplace, specializing in Michigan-made products. Fresh produce, local honey, beer and wine—you name it. In fact, Evergreen’s ready-made items are also a specialty. They produce a wide variety of easy weeknight meals and ready-to-go lunch offerings, even fresh baked pies for dessert!
Harry Norconk is weighing asparagus when I arrive at Norconk Farms. Asparagus season is in full swing and he doesn’t have time to sit and chat, so instead we hop onto an RTV and drive out to the fields to pick up crates of freshly harvested asparagus. Driving around the farm we pass acres of asparagus stalks popping up out of the ground waiting to be harvested. Out in the field workers ride along the rows snapping spear after spear out of the ground and sorting into crates to be washed, weighed and packed.
Julienne Tomatoes has been serving great food featuring local ingredients since 2003, long before most downtown Petoskey restaurants were listing local producers on their menus. Owner and Chef, Julie Adams, wanted to feature as many local businesses as she could right from the start because it just made sense — supporting the people with whom you share a local community.
Keep an eye out for monthly blog posts featuring vendors from the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmer’s Market, written by Market Manager Julianna Lisuk.
Farmer’s Market season has arrived in Northern Michigan! The Sara Hardy Downtown Farmer’s Market began on May 2 with an idyllic Saturday of fresh food and flowers. Customers showed up with their baskets and bags eager to get their hands on the first local produce of the season. Alongside the meat, cheese, bread, and produce vendors were locally grown flower stands overflowing with stunning arrangements, bringing much needed color and life after a cold winter. We recently visited one of our vendors, Petal Pushers, to get a look at where all their beautiful hanging baskets and vegetable plants are grown.
Take a look at this beautifully shot presentation about Ed John and his wife Cindi, two Native American fisherman from the Suttons Bay area. The video respectfully follows them throughout their day’s labors and brings us a glimpse into the joys and challenges of their work. Through easy conversation, and clear unemotional story-telling, they let us feel the devastation of the fresh water fishery in Lake Michigan, leaving us wanting more answers.
Harvest often concludes with a social celebration of the season. It’s a time to remember the energy and hard work that has been poured into the fields, while recognizing that success is based on the whim of Mother Nature. Growers gratefully honor the harvest of the season by sharing their food with others.
By Tricia Phelps
As we embark on a new year, many people are voicing aspirations of change & resolution for the months ahead. I love food too much to even think about grandiose plans for dieting, but I can’t help feeling lethargic after the past few weeks of excessive food & drink. To break in the New Year, I want to introduce Third Coast Bakery—“The new wave of baking” that will help you avoid unhealthy eating this year, while still satisfying your sweet tooth.
By Tricia Phelps
Local edible gifts are easy to find if you know where to look. They make great gifts for food lovers near-and-far and can be personalized for nearly anyone in your life. Northern Michigan has access to numerous local, high-quality food producers whose products are unique and widely sought-after. As the gift-giving season is upon us, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a few local businesses that make edible gift-giving easier than ever before.
By Tricia Phelps
The popularity of canola oil is on the rise amid reports of its health benefits. On the heels of our two stories of specialty oil processors in Traverse City two weeks ago, we wanted to keep you apprised of the trend, one that arguably was started by TLD partner B&B Farms.