By Michigan farmer Maria Brown  CC photo by Isabelle Boucher I have a bad habit. I often try out a new recipe at the most inopportune times, like during parties or family get-togethers. If there’s a special date on the calendar, for some reason, I find myself searching online for ideas or digging through the

By Michigan farmer Patti Walcott CC photo by Mike Things rarely turn out as planned. It’s life. Sometimes it’s better than planned; sometimes not. It’s life. I never planned on marrying a farmer. Why would anyone intend to do that: unpredictable schedule, unpredictable income, work, work, work? The simple answer is love and devotion, the

By Michigan farmer Ashley Messing-Kennedy CC photo by avrenim-acceber   I feel like this is the way my conversations go with friends:   Friend: Hey Ashley, do you want to do something this weekend? Let’s go to the spa. Me: Yeah, I think I can make that work. What time were you thinking? Friend: What

By Michigan farmer Lindsay Green CC Photo by Steve Johnson What the heck is ‘ish’? Well it is the term my husband and I have coined to go along with the general lack of punctuality we tend to have. It is not because we are disorganized, or disrespectful, it is just a part of life

Why I’m on the radio

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By Michigan reporter Nicole Heslip CC photo by Renee Johnson   “What’s with the little bull figurine?” I asked about the big fat Holstein bull, boy parts and all, sitting in the windowsill of my in-laws’ kitchen. While they do have a beautiful garden in the summertime, they are not what I would call modern

By Michigan farmer Melanie Block It has come to my attention that many people think I’m crazy. Not in the “crazy cat lady” or “commit her to a hospital crazy” sense, but in a “why does she work so much?” crazy. Let me take a few minutes to explain to you today why the people

Why I get up at 5 am

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By Michigan farmer Barbara Siemen CC photo by malloreigh I am a stay at home mom, so technically I don’t have a job. I don’t have to make my way through traffic, punch a time clock, and worry about calling in sick, or taking vacation days. I also don’t do any chores on our farm.

By Michigan farmer Maria Brown I spent the last semester of my college career studying and interning in Washington, D.C. It was an eye-opening experience for this girl who’d spent most of her 18 years in Michigan’s Thumb. Staring out the window from my 22nd floor apartment in one of the Virginian suburbs, I penned

Make it easy to put weeknight meals together without a last-minute trip to the store. Keep these fridge, freezer and pantry staples on hand for endless meal opportunities, complete with Michigan products. Photo credit Pantry Oil Vegetable oil – Vegetable oil is made from soybeans. Try Michigan-made Zoye oil, made in Michigan’s only soybean processing

Michigan recipes Michigan is deliciously diverse, offering more than 300 foods and agricultural products. Find inspiration to prepare some of Michigan’s top foods. Enjoy a huge helping of Michigan recipes. CC photo by alanagkelly   Michigan apples Grilled Chicken with Apples and Feta  Photo and recipe from   Michigan Asparagus Asparagus Crab Salad Photo