West Michigan Link-Up: Help Wanted Edition


Wow, it’s been almost a year already since Eat Local, West Michigan! took its current form. It’s been exciting to see things take shape and the local food and drink scene has been growing by leaps and bounds. We have a lot to be proud of. Whenever I talk with friends from other parts of […]

West Michigan Linky Party: Oops, It’s Thursday Edition

This morning was busy at my 8-5 job. Morning meeting over at Feeding America for the hunger walk check distribution, then a lunch with church planters, then my vacation started at 1 PM today. It was nice to relax before heading over to pick up my CSA share. On the way home I had a nagging feeling that I had forgotten something. Oh wait, the Thursday West Michigan linky party!

West Michigan Beer Bits


Goodbye, Grand Rapids Brewing Co; Can’t wait to meet you, White Flame Brewing Co.; Glad you’re back, New Holland Beer-B-Q.

Father’s Day Weekend Ideas

Photo courtesy of http://www.creswickfarms.com/

In case you’re looking for last-minute inspiration, here are some great things going on in West Michigan:

Around the West Michigan Blogosphere: Drowning in Greens Edition


For many of us, CSA season has started and we are drowning in greens. At last week’s pickup I received: 1 bok choy, 1 bunch radishes, 1 bunch green onions, 2 heads lettuce, 1 head frisee, 1 lb spinach, 1 1/4 lb mixed greens. I have taken to eating lettuce like potato chips.

Community Canning Available in Lowell


Now that strawberries are here, my thoughts turn to rhubarb strawberry jam. And canning in general, actually. We ran out of salsa months ago and are using up the rest of the pasta sauce. Last September I ran a story about local canning classes, but I haven’t seen much for this year-until I heard about […]

Reserve: Delicious and A Little Intimidating {Restaurant Review}

Artisan Cheeseburger13 (limited availability)  Benton’s bacon, Kobe & grassfed beef ground daily, pickled red onion, arugula, garlic mayo, choice of cheese, pork fat fries.

I’ve been hearing good things about Reserve for awhile now. Since I love wine and keep reading about charcuterie in the foodie world, the husband and I decided to try it out for an impromptu date night.

Around the West Michigan Blogosphere: Strawberries & Street Parties Edition


It’s that time of week to showcase the West Michigan blogosphere! There are two things I’m super excited about for this weekend. #1, strawberries are here! Limited quantities at Fulton Street Farmer’s Market, so be sure to get there early. #2, the Local First Street Party, which showcases local food, beer, and music. Be there or be square.

Vote for Your Favorite Farmer’s Market!

It’s time again to get out the vote for your favorite farmer’s market!

Hungry Village Tours Features Farm to Fork in West Michigan


I’m so excited to see culinary tours popping up in West Michigan. The latest I’ve been made aware of is Hungry Village Tours, which offers both walking and driving tours.

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