Say yah to da U.P. eh!

Way up North, where the winds would blow, and the wolves would howl. So was the start to many a story my wife's grandfather would tell from his childhood growing up in a logging camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was only after childhood that most of the children and grandchildren realized that... Continue Reading →

Where to eat {#EatLocal} near South Bend, IN

Since moving from the burbs of Chicago in 2016, my family has found a community and a home in the South Bend region. Nowhere is that more evident than in the growing local food system. I am always excited to tell people about the great things happening in South Bend. #havemeatwilltravel Purple Porch Food Co-op... Continue Reading →

Adventures in nose-to-tail cooking…

With pork supplies running low this year I thought there would never be a better time to spend time exploring nose-to-tail cooking. Often our family's meals are determined by what is available that isn't fit for retail sales. Packages that have lost their seal or items that have spent a bit too much time in... Continue Reading →

2017 by the numbers

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller It was during one of our famous Michigan blizzards this winter that I was able to introduce our teenagers to the great American film - Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Luckily I didn't have to... Continue Reading →

Michigan Meat Network

Yeah, that's a thing. As I was driving north to Grand Rapids last week for a Michigan Meat Network Meeting, I had thoughts about the purpose of groups like the Meat Network. Why do so many producers, processors, and others take time out of their busy schedule to attend these meetings? With margins so small... Continue Reading →

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