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

Grilled Ramps with Asparagus


One of the early wild foods of Spring, ramps are available at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. A quick, delicious way to prepare almost all vegetables is grilling. Grill ramps quickly to make the most of their wild, earthy flavor.
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 bunch (about 20) ramps
  • 1 bunch thin asparagus
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
DIRECTIONS
  • Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Trim and discard the root hairs from ramps. Trim tough ends from asparagus.

  • Place ramps and asparagus on a rimmed baking sheet or in a shallow baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, and toss to coat evenly. Season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine.

  • Arrange ramps and asparagus on the hot grill in a single layer. Grill until hot and grill marks appear, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to platter, and serve hot or at room temperature.

    SERVINGS: 6

http://www.marthastewart.com/318405/grilled-ramps-with-asparagus
SOURCE: MARTHA STEWART LIVING, APRIL 2001