Online Resources

Taste the Local Difference

Our Mission: “TLD helps food businesses and the communities they serve benefit from the economic value of local food, while ensuring that fresh, healthy, local food is available to all consumers.” more information here: http://www.localdifference.org/

 

Michigan Farmers Market Association

The Michigan Farmers Market Association works with and for farmers market organizers, managers, farmers, vendors and friends to create a thriving marketplace for local food and farm products. More information here.

 

Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Interested in selling at a farmers market or starting a farm? Check out regulations and resources here.

 

MSU Product Center

The MSU Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) was established in Spring, 2003 with funds from the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station and Michigan State University Extension to improve economic opportunities in the Michigan agriculture, food and natural resource sectors. The Product Center can help you develop and commercialize high value, consumer-responsive products and businesses in the agriculture and natural resource sectors. More information here.

 

Michigan Agritourism

Our Mission: Michigan Agritourism is a non-profit association that supports the agritourism industry through promotion, education, advocacy, problem resolution and networking. Our goal is to keep family farms sustainable, support local economic growth, and provide rich and unique experiences for visitors to make lasting memories. http://www.michiganfarmfun.com/default.asp

 

Farmers Market Coalition

The mission of FMC is “to strengthen farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities.” The Farmers Market Coalition is driven by three complimentary goals. We call it our triple bottom line. Farmers earn fair prices for the fruits of their labor by selling directly to consumers. Consumers gain access to fresh, nutritious, local produce. Communities regain a figurative “town square,” experiencing the many positive outcomes of foot traffic and animated public space. Throughout the USA, farmers markets are achieving these goals. Some are doing it better than others. While we too are dazzled by the bigger markets which assemble hundreds of vendors and thousands of shoppers, size is not our only measure of success. Sometimes, it is the smaller farmers market operating in a challenging neighborhood that achieves this triple bottom line. farmersmarketcoalition.org/joinus/

 

Local Harvest

America’s #1 organic and local food website with a national directory of farms and markets. More information here.

Culinate

All about eating well, with lots of good ideas about using local food. Their content — articles, cooking tips, interviews, recipes, podcasts, food news, blog posts — helps people put real food at the center of their lives. More information here.

The American Farmland Trust

Working to stop the loss of productive farmland and promote healthier farming practices in the U.S. More information here.

featured recipe

Blueberry-Raspberry Microgreen Smoothie


 Microgreens come in a wide variety of textures, flavors, and colors. A few varieties available at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market include: sunflower, pea, mustard, cress, broccoli, kale, and radish. Sunflower microgreens have a mild, nutty flavor and crunchy texture whereas pea microgreens are sweeter in flavor and tender in texture. Mustard and cress both have a spicier flavor. Broccoli microgreens have dark green leaves and a mild broccoli flavor. The radish microgreens are red and green in color, taste mildly of radish, and have a slight crunch. Kale has a flavor that resembles lettuce and is light green in color.
Blueberry - Raspberry Smoothie
Microgreens are packed with nutrients. People wanting to improve their health and wellness through nutrition are sneaking microgreens in their smoothies, piling them on sandwiches, and mixing them into salads. This week’s recipe is a blueberry-raspberry microgreen smoothie. You can find most of the ingredients for the recipe at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market.

 INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup ice if using fresh berries
  • 1 cup any milk or other liquid
  • 1/4 cup microgreens of your choice (sunflower, pea, kale or broccoli microgreens taste great in smoothies.)
  • 1 Tbs. honey, if desired
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

 PREPARATION

The first step in making this smoothie will be to add the liquid base of milk, water, or other preferred liquid. With the liquid as the bottom layer, this allows the blender to easily pull down the top layers.  Add the honey and vanilla extract immediately after the liquid base. Next up, bring on the microgreens. Keeping the microgreens at the bottom of the blender is a smart way to make sure they are blended well.  Following this step, drop in the blueberries and raspberries. Finally, top off the blender with the ice. The weight of the heavier top layers will help push the ingredients down towards the base. Blend until desired consistency and serve.

Recipe adapted from Sproutpeople.org

https://sproutpeople.org/sprout-recipes/blueberry-raspberry-smoothie/