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 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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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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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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It’s an experience everyone knows. There’s a kid at the door—maybe a stranger, maybe a neighbor, maybe even your own child—with a brochure full of overpriced junk food. You know you’ll never eat any of the high-fructose caramel corn or chemical-laden candy, but you want to support the cause. As you write the check, you think, There has to be a better way. . . . That’s what FarmRaiser CEO and founder Mark Abbott thought too. But unlike the rest of us, Abbott—a founding member of AmeriCorps, expert in service-learning, and entrepreneur with past start-up experience—knew how to make that idea a reality

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