Building Bridges in West Michigan at Local First’s Fork Fest

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

12 West Michigan Farmers Markets For Fall Bounty

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

5 Non-Monetary Benefits of Joining a CSA

Each week, Groundswell Community Farm CSA provides a list of expected vegetables and estimated value to its members. This week’s was: Kale OR Chard Brussels' Sprouts OR Cabbage Radishes Leeks OR Celery Beet Roots Potatoes Peppers Tomatoes Garlic Onion Broccoli OR Beans OR Greens 1 Spaghetti Squash Lots of winter squash seconds (eat these now, … Continue reading 5 Non-Monetary Benefits of Joining a CSA

West Michigan Farm to Table Fight Against Cancer

Take an organization such as the American Cancer Society of West Michigan, two passionate farmers from Lubbers Family Farm, a local Grand Rapids craft brewery and a talented sous chef from Mercy Health; blend them all together, and what do you get?  One great farm to table benefit dinner bringing awareness throughout the community for … Continue reading West Michigan Farm to Table Fight Against Cancer

Brussel Sprout Greens – Expanding Your Menu

Lately I've been struck by how differently everyone approaches vegetables. When I was being trained for the diabetes prevention lifestyle program one of the trainers said that some people just don't like fruits and vegetables. I was shocked. How can one NOT like vegetables? Then again, my sister-in-law doesn't like chocolate cake, so I suppose … Continue reading Brussel Sprout Greens – Expanding Your Menu