TLT Guest Blogger: Mark Abbott, CEO of FarmRaiser – Innovative, Healthy School Fundraising

January 21, 2015 / All, FarmRaiser in the News / Comments: 0

After days of railing against my state’s Agriculture Commissioner and his plan to return sodas and deep fat fryers to our schools, I have to admit I’m feeling pretty dispirited.  But today’s guest post is the perfect antidote.  It’s an inspiring story of one person coming up with an innovative idea that removes junk food from schools, improves kids’ health and helps local farmers and artisans.  Genius!

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Go Local This Holiday Season

December 17, 2014 / All / Comments: 0

Personally, this week before Christmas always seems to be the time when I finally start rushing around to buy gifts for those special people in my life. The options for holiday gifts are seemingly endless, so we thought you might appreciate this ultimate last minute local gift guide! We have a full week until Christmas arrives, and plenty of opportunity to buy some local gifts!

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We’re Thrilled To Announce Our New Michigan Vendors!

December 2, 2014 / All, Artisans and Farmers / Comments: 0

After a busy fall season at FarmRaiser, we are so happy to be turning the spotlight over to some of our wonderful new vendors in the great state of Michigan! From Traverse City to Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan is brimming with unique, innovative local food growers and producers. Check out some of the great new vendors we have been working with this year!

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Thanksgiving Special!- Having a Healthier Holiday

November 21, 2014 / All / Comments: 0

Thanksgiving is coming up, and it’s a time of year that is filled with family, friends, and food. We are reminded at this time of year to, as the name suggests, give thanks for all of the good in our lives. It is also a time most associate with happy, though uncomfortable groans of over-stuffed bellies, and desperate diet tips the following week. So, while it’s ok to indulge every now and then, here are a few ways to do so in a healthier fashion, without compromising taste and tradition.

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Reinventing the school fundraiser

November 19, 2014 / All, FarmRaiser in the News / Comments: 0

No sooner do most kids go back to school than those backpacks get filled up with fundraising materials. So what’s your child’s school selling this year? Magazines? Cookie dough? Wrapping paper?

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FarmRaiser Benefits Northern Michigan

November 13, 2014 / All, FarmRaiser in the News / Comments: 0

Imagine a school bus driving through the rolling hills of Antrim County, passing beautiful farmland and acres of fall foliage sporting a rainbow of colors. And the bus is filled with fourth-graders singing, “I love to eat greens, greens, greens, ain’t no finer thing under the sun.” Did that last part make you think you must be dreaming?

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An Intro to Our 7 New Seattle Vendors

November 3, 2014 / All, Artisans and Farmers / Comments: 0

Summer is over, and the leaves are quickly changing colors. Farmers and small food producers are wrapping up the summer markets, so we’re bringing them some business for the slower seasons. In the last couple of months, we’ve proudly partnered with a handful of new vendors in the Seattle area. They’re all unique businesses, and if you live in the area and haven’t tried their products yet, make it a point to check them out soon!

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School fundraisers are in desperate need of a makeover

October 21, 2014 / All, FarmRaiser in the News / Comments: 0

With most fundraisers lost in a sea of sugar and junk food, an ingenious company called FarmRaiser is showing schools that there is an alternative and much healthier option that embraces local food vendors. It’s about time!

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FarmRaiser: Freshening Up the School Fundraiser

October 16, 2014 / All, FarmRaiser in the News / Comments: 0

Move over glossy gift wrap catalogs and generic chocolate bars! There’s a new school fundraiser in town. With the virtuous goal of bolstering local farms and businesses while also supporting schools, FarmRaiser is freshening up the old-school fundraiser model.

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Celebrating the Arrival of Local Apples

October 15, 2014 / All, Local Food and Amazing Products / Comments: 0

Apples have long been a fruit tied closely to the coming of fall. In Michigan, droves of people (local foodies or not) flock to the apple orchards come fall for fresh pressed apple cider – making the apple orchard one of the most common ways for Michiganders to connect with their local agriculture scene. Although […]

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