MLUI Releases 2010 Local Food and Farm Guide

‘Taste the Local Difference’ booklet connects shoppers, local growers

Traverse City Northwest Lower Michigan residents and visitors looking for places to buy locally grown fruits, veggies, meats, and more can find them now in the hot-off-the-press 2010 Taste the Local Difference food and farm guide. The guide lists local farms, wineries, and farmers markets, as well as retail businesses and specialty food producers from Manistee County to the Mackinac Bridge that offer fresh, locally grown food.

With the publication of this year’s annual guide, MLUI’s Taste the Local Difference project marks its seventh year. Both the guide and the campaign behind it continue to expand efforts to rebuild the region’s local food economy.

The 2010 guide lists over 250 farms, 36 wineries and beverage producers, 30 farmers markets, and 70 retail businesses and food artisans featuring local farm products on their shelves and in everything from jams and breads to salsas and chocolates.

Taste the Local Difference is available online at, and in a handy, compact printed version available at local visitor centers, chambers of commerce, restaurants, stores, libraries, farmers markets, and at the Michigan Land Use Institute office at 148 E. Front Street, Suite 301, above Talbot’s, in downtown Traverse City.

Taste the Local Difference is a community effort supported by it’s Presenting Sponsor, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, as well as Cherry Republic, Cherry Capital Foods, Brownwood Farms, Crystal Mountain and Jim & Chris MacInnes, Friske Orchards, USDA Rural Development, Smith, Haughey, Rice, and Roegee, Oryana Natural Foods Market, Food for Thought, Black Star Farms, Fifth Third Bank, Trattoria Stella, and Grain Train Natural Foods Market. 2010 Media sponsors are: Edible Grande Traverse, Absolute Michigan, WTCM News Talk, 9 & 10 News, Fox 33 News, Interlochen Public Radio, and the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

For more information about Taste the Local Difference, contact Janice Benson at 231-941-6584, ext. 21 or at [email protected].

About the Institute
The Michigan Land Use Institute is an independent, nonprofit research, educational, and service organization founded in 1995. More than 3,000 households, businesses, and organizations have joined the Institute in support of its mission to establish an approach to economic development that strengthens communities, enhances opportunity, and protects Michigan’s unmatched natural resources.

For Immediate Release

May 20, 2010

Janice Benson, Marketing Coordinator, Taste the Local Difference
Michigan Land Use Institute
Phone: 231-941-6584 ext. 21 • Fax: 231-882-7350
Email: [email protected] • Web sites:,

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