September 27, 2023


It’s the ideal time to discover the local food and beverage alternatives Michigan has to offer as summer approaches. The 2023 Local Food Guide, a 100-page magazine honoring Michigan’s local food culture and the companies that make it all possible, was just published by Taste the Local Difference (TLD).

“The 2023 Local Food Guide showcases some of the brilliant things Michigan food systems players are up to,” said Emily Row, media and brand manager for Taste the Local Difference. This book includes articles about distillers utilizing Michigan grains, incubator kitchens helping new enterprises, and focuses on the farm to school movement in Michigan among its pages of local listings and recipes.

The Local culinary Guide is a useful tool for anybody wishing to discover Michigan’s diverse culinary scene, whether they are a local or a visitor. A recipe from Cold Creek Farm in Benzonia may be found along with articles about local entrepreneurs including Iron Fish Distillery, Black Star Farms, and Grand Traverse Distillery. In addition, our spotlight on the Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology’s Carbon Farming Cohort will introduce you to nearby farmers who are making ethical decisions about the environment.

There are QR codes scattered throughout the guide that may be scanned to get to Taste the Local Difference’s searchable digital directory for details on market hours, CSA details, and more. The 2023 Local Food Guide is also available for delivery to your home if you are unable to obtain a physical copy.

Each area of Michigan will have a Guide Release Party in June to commemorate the publication of the 2023 Local Food Guide, which the entire community is invited to attend. We’ll have a booth at the Sara Hardy Farmers Market on June 3 from 7:30 a.m. to noon, the Kingsley Farmers Market on June 7 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the Harbor Springs Farmers Market on June 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All of these markets are in Northwest Michigan. It’s a great chance to interact with the TLD team, meet regional foodies, and network with local food producers. To find out about more party hours and dates, see TLD’s blog.

Taste the Local Difference’s content strategy expert is Claire Butler.

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