Guest blog by: Allison Stuby Michigan offers some of the richest food experiences. This fall, there are a variety of events that showcase the best food of the state. With the high diversity of Michigan agricultural crops, there are many opportunities to partake in culinary tourism experiences that celebrate the “Flavors of Pure Michigan.” As

In Michigan, blueberry season is something I look forward to. Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits. Honestly, there is not an easier fruit to freeze and use all year around. Did you know that Michigan leads the United States in blueberry production growing 30 different varieties? These blueberries are grown, harvested and processed by

My eyes lit up when I recently discovered a recipe for Honey Cheesecake, but as I gathered the ingredients I remembered that our honey supply has been severely depleted. Just one, half-full, quart jar of crystalized goodness is all that remains from last season when I helped a local beekeeper care for his hives and

CC photo by VanZandt On Michigan State University’s campus, there are 40 hidden acres.  Throughout the school year, you might find students tossing a Frisbee out there, even though they call it golfing.  The third full week in July however, disc golfers will have to find a new field.  Michigan agriculture sets up shop and hosts the state’s

By Michigan reporter Nicole Heslip Most folks have never been on a farm.  Those that have been to a modern farm in the last 20 years are even fewer.  Now is your chance!  For the last six years, 26 Michigan farms have opened their doors to invite the public for tours, including my own. Three events

Michigan food hubs

Friday, 11 July 2014 by

The days of not knowing where your food comes from are coming to an end as food hubs alleviate the quagmires of supply and demand, and connect farmers’ produce with consumers’ needs. Today’s food hubs assist with aggregating, distributing, storing and marketing food products at centralized locations so farmers can sell in bulk to restaurants,

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CC photo by Mike Summer is a great time to try new things, grilling fruits and vegetables could be a fantastic way to start! If you need ideas for celebrating the warm weather, harvesting fruit, spicing up your meals or impressing your neighbors, family, and friends; we have some grilling tips to share with you.

The tools of canning

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 by

CC photo by Chlot’s Run “Pop” can have many meanings. In some areas of the United States, it’s a fizzy, sweet carbonated drink. On the radio, “pop” refers to music that’s currently popular. But in canning and preserving, the “pop” sound is the best way to determine if a canned food item has perfectly sealed.

By Michigan farmer Maria Brown Finally! After a long winter and soggy spring, planting season has finally arrived. We planted our 40 acres of sugar beets in late May. Ideally, this seed should be put in the ground in early April when the soil is still quite cool. Rain and more rain prevented us from

By Michigan farmer Carla Wardin Calves on our farm are born out in the pasture.  We calve seasonally, which means all of them give birth in the spring and summer.  That way, they can have them outdoors while the weather is still nice for little calves. Our second calf was born today!  After Kris picked