4H Project Goes Haywire; Results in Goat Cheese

When John & Mary Windemuller’s daughters chose to raise 3 goats as a 4H project in 1997, they never dreamed it would come to this. Country Winds Goat Shares now has several members, and they are planning to open a creamery in 2012.

Fork Fest Celebrates Farm and Table

Seitsema Orchards offers apple tasting

Last Wednesday, Local First’s Eat Local Challenge culminated in Fork Fest at Romence Gardens. It was a celebration of all things local food.

10 Ways to Enjoy Michigan Apples

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This week’s Eat Local Challenge encourages us to seek out local apples. In West Michigan this is not hard to do! There are so many ways to enjoy this ubiquitous fruit. Here are my top 10 suggestions:

Eating Local: Meat

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Vegetables are the gateway to eating locally. After all, it doesn’t take much effort to head to the farmer’s market. There are lots of them around, and buying tomatoes and peppers is pretty straightforward, and fairly inexpensive. Meat, on the other hand, takes another level of commitment.

Celebrating Michigan’s Grapes


Most of my readers know that I love Michigan grapes in liquid form. (In fact, I had a whole month of wine trivia during Michigan wine month!) But there are many other ways to enjoy this fall treat.

Win A Family Pass at Fruit Ridge Hayrides! (Plus, a coupon just for you!)


The coolest stop on the Kent Harvest Trails is offering a free family pass to be given away to one of the readers of Eat Local, West Michigan!

Vander Mill Cider: Now Serving Local Food!

Vander Mill

You wouldn’t expect fine dining amid apple trains and candlesticks, but Vander Mill Cider’s commitment to local food comes through loud and clear in a limited but gourmet quality menu.

Mark Your Calendars & Make Reservations for Restaurant Week!

Salad Trio at the Heritage Restaurant; photo courtesy of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids

It’s that time of year again for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids! Restaurant Week is a great way to sample lots of restaurants that are on your “I’ve always wanted to try that” list. You’ll have 11 days-Thursday, November 3 through Sunday, November13, 2011, to try the special menus created just for this event.

Carrots: Not Just for Veggie Trays and Cake

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Up until a few years ago, my favorite way of eating carrots was baby carrots out of the plastic bag with a hefty tub of ranch.

Go Out with Gowalla and ELWM


Already use Gowalla? Be sure to check out the West Michigan Microbrew trip that I put together. Want to learn more about how to use Gowalla and why it’s a great way to explore local businesses? Keep reading!

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