Supporting local means building bridges between business and consumer. It's community. It's sustainability. Our philosophy, here at Eat Local West Michigan; eating local involves connecting local food sources in West Michigan with the local communities. Bringing more awareness to our neighbors and their families on what is available in our communities when it comes time … Continue reading Building Bridges in West Michigan at Local First’s Fork Fest
Shorter days and changing leaves means that fall is upon us. This season is also the best time to find fresh Michigan apples. Few experiences can top making a trip to the local apple orchard, drinking some fresh-squeezed cider while consuming freshly baked apple spiced donuts, and taking home a peck of U-pick Honeycrisp. Some … Continue reading Going Apples! 5 Fruit Ridge Apple Orchards in West Michigan
Farmers' markets are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by small farmers. From the traditional "mercados" in the Peruvian Andes to the unique street markets in Asia, growers all over the world gather weekly to sell their produce directly to the public. Surprising to most, Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state … Continue reading 12 West Michigan Farmers Markets For Fall Bounty
What happens when creativity, passion and farm fresh ingredients collide? A farm to table dinner event that has everyone talking in the local West Michigan community. On a beautiful Saturday evening on August 6th, two local chefs and two farmers created a venue in Ada, Michigan that went above and beyond your typical picnic in … Continue reading Celebrating West Michigan Bounty at Field & Cork Dinner
When people hear that I'm a food blogger, they always ask me, "What's your favorite restaurant?" I have to say that is totally depends on the situation! Seriously, there are SO many great restaurants in West Michigan. And, of course, it is all very subjective. Nevertheless, here are my top picks. Feel free to disagree or add YOUR favorites in the comments!