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After 17 years of producing regional local food directories, the team at Taste the Local Difference is proud to debut our 2020 Local Food Guide, a beautiful farm-centric magazine covering the entire state of Michigan. For those of you that don’t know us, we are Michigan’s Local Food Marketing Firm. We provide affordable marketing services to family farms, restaurants, farmers' markets, breweries, wineries, cheesemakers, and so many other small businesses in our great state. It’s our mission to promote their passionate, hard work and make it easy for consumers to seek out these local businesses. This Local Food Guide is just one of the ways we do that— it’s filled with delicious seasonal recipes, stories of local food champions, and directories for how to find local food in your community.
Each year, the end of May marks the release of our Guide, and while we typically celebrate with free magazine release parties at some of our favorite hangouts, things will look a little bit different this year. With the spread of CoVID-19, like many, we have had to adapt and transition many of our plans. That’s why for the first time, we’re providing the opportunity for local food enthusiasts to have our 2020 Local Food Guide mailed straight to their door! You can be the first to receive this beautiful magazine by signing up here, and you can even send one to a friend who loves local as much as you do.
The food & agriculture industry has been hit hard during this time and supporting local businesses is now more important than ever. As allies to our food and farming partners, we are now partnered with software companies to provide assistance in moving their sales online. These platforms are an important investment for our farms and markets to sell fresh local food in a safe and healthy environment — and a boon to the communities they serve.
We believe that as Michigan businesses adapt to these trying times, our local food system will be more resilient for it. Our local farms and food businesses are critical parts of what makes our state special and we’re proud to support them every step of the way.
Find great Michigan food businesses to support at localdifference.org.
Emma Beauchamp is the Communications Manager for Taste the Local Difference. Send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.