Author: Margaret Dwyer

Creating a Healthier America by Cooking at Home

Leah Lizarondo of The Brazen Kitchen recently gave a presentation at TEDxGrandviewAve addressing the continuously rising number of diet-related health issues plaguing our society, and how cooking more meals at home may be the key ingredient to reversing this trend.

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Why your Children Should Spend Time in a Garden

In recent years, schools across the country have been putting in school gardens and providing children with the opportunity to experience the joy of growing food.

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Tips for a Delicious Healthy Local 4th of July!

The 4th of July is a time to gather friends and family in celebration of our national history, enjoy the sun, and share food with your community. Holiday foods can often be heavy and rely on pre-made products, so we’ve created this short guide to help you build a healthier, locally focused meal!

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Don’t Miss the Remainder of Michigan Asparagus Season!

Asparagus officinallis is one of the first crops that sprouts every year and is prided for its distinct taste and texture. For those ingrained in a local Michigan diet, asparagus is the first sign of a diverse abundance of fresh produce returning to the market.

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

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

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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Thanksgiving Special!- Having a Healthier Holiday

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

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

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

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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