Food

10 Upcoming Festivals that Celebrate Michigan Food

July’s National Cherry Festival in Traverse City has come and gone, but don’t overlook these other fine food-focused state celebrations taking place yet this summer, two starting today! Marquette’s Blueberry Festival, July 31: This daylong event runs from 10 a.m….

Food

5 Things You Didn’t Know Michigan Grows Better than Most States

If anyone tries to tell you that Michigan is only known for its industrial history, tell them to think again! Aside from automotive and advanced manufacturing, agriculture happens to be one of Michigan’s biggest industries. Agriculture alone contributes $101.2 billion…

Food

Michigan Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes {Recipe Inside}

Summer is in full swing, and the heat is on! Summer not only brings good times, barbecues, and trips to the pool; it also brings tons of fresh, local produce, picked at the peak of harvest! Michigan is an amazing…

Food

 

Urban Eden: Farming in Detroit

According to the 2010 US Census, about 80 percent of the population lives in what is considered an “urban” area, meaning only approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population lives rurally. Historically, it tends to be more difficult to find fresh fruits and veggies…

Food

Michigan Farm-to-Table Restaurants Roundup

  If you’re looking for a meal that’s fresh and locally-sourced, farm-to-table restaurants have you covered. The trend of restaurants using ingredients fresh from the farm shows no signs of slowing down as consumers demand quality and sustainability in their food….

Food

Chuck Gaidica: A Visit to the 5-H Farms Stand

Editor’s note: Chuck Gaidica is a paid spokesperson for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, where he works to have real conversations with local people about matters that affect their health.  I love roadside farmer’s stands. I have traveled the state the…

Food

 

Are Baked Beans as Healthy as You Think?

Baked beans go with almost every summer dish: hot dogs, burgers, fried chicken, pulled pork, Polish sausages—you name it! But as a side dish, how healthy are they? Baked beans can lower cholesterol and are packed with fiber, protein and…

Food

Spice Up Your Michigan Carrots with Two Recipes You’ll Love

They’re orange, crunchy and kind of sweet … I’m talking about Michigan carrots of course. Carrots have a bad reputation as a boring vegetable and aren’t often seen as a very versatile ingredient. We would argue that carrots are actually quite complex, filled…

Food

3494695701_cf17c36872_o

National Picnic Month: 8 Healthy Foods to Pack

Picnics and warm weather go hand in hand, which is probably why July is National Picnic Month. If you haven’t packed a basket yet this summer, use this as a good excuse. While it’s easy to revert to packing picnic…

Food