Agriculture Forum: spring in local food | Company


Longer days, plentiful farmers’ markets, and returning tourists (welcome, downstaters) can only mean one thing in northern Michigan: Spring is finally here. With that, we are proud to announce the release of our 2022 Local Food Guide.

Since Taste the Local Difference’s inception in 2004, we’ve grown from localized print directories and five-county brochures to large-scale statewide magazines. Throughout our evolution, our mission has remained true to connecting consumers to local food across Michigan.

In our 100-page guide, hyper-local regional chapters make it easy to find local food sources in your hometown or on your next road trip. In northwest Michigan, the guide not only lists food producers by county, but also highlights wine pairings by the experts at Burritt’s Fresh Market. Want more? Check out a recipe for Mangalitsa Pork Chops with Traverse City Cherry Balsamic Sauce written by Melissa Weirema, owner of Up North Heritage Farm in Williamsburg.

Each year we celebrate Michigan’s growing local food community. From the Keweenaw Peninsula to Detroit, the Local Food Guide is distributed free statewide at farmers markets, coffee shops, libraries, visitor centers and more. This free annual magazine will begin to sprout in your Michigan community throughout June.

In each region of Michigan, we will host a Guide Launch Party where the entire community is invited to participate. In northwest Michigan, locals can join in the fun at Providence Organic Farm and Café in Central Lake on June 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

These fiestas are an opportunity to connect with other local food lovers and take the guide to fresh local foods.

Find our 2022 Local Food Guide at a launch party, order it straight to your door or watch it in your community. Even without a guide in hand, you can still consult our online Local Food Directory for additional business information, such as Farmers’ Market hours, property types and growing practices. As spring turns into summer, we encourage you to reconnect with the land, whether it’s where you live or explore as a visitor.

Emma Beauchamp is the editor of Taste the Local Difference and a native of Traverse City. She now resides in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Learn more at