In This Issue: Summer 2017

By Edible Grande Traverse / Photography By Tracy Grant | Last Updated July 03, 2017
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The Best of Summer

What are the best things about summer? About your summer? What are the best restaurants, the best farmers’ markets, the best wineries, best beers, road trips and beaches?

At Edible Grande Traverse we have the local spin on everything and we’re here today to tell you that the best things this summer will be anything you actually get out and do that involves local businesses and farms, your friends and family—and fantastic food. That’s all it takes, and around here it should be easy!

If you need any ideas, the stories in this summer issue are a great place to start. Like finding the farm called Spirit of Walloon at several of our more northern farmers’ markets; taking a road trip with a focus on food in the Manistee region; trying the brand new deli and restaurant in Traverse City; spending a day pigging out on pulled pork sandwiches (hint, they’re not hard to find anymore!). But each of these stories is just the appetizer for an adventure you could savor all summer in whatever part of northwestern Lower Michigan you call home.

And for cookouts, picnics and potlucks, we’re extra full this time with recipes that make the most of ingredients you can find while out exploring the markets and our bountiful farm country.

My own goals for a “best of” summer are simple. The best evenings might be to put aside work early and enjoy the sunsets over Lake Michigan, with feet in the water and a lovely local rosé to drink. The best home time will be watching the tomatoes in the garden fill their cages and spill over with ripening multi-colored fruits. The best cooking will definitely involve finding fresh ways to use all the glorious golden nectars we found for the honey recipes of this issue. And the best outings will revolve around visiting every new tasting room and eatery that has opened this year.

OK, I admit that last one won’t be easy, but I can’t wait to try! I hope you get to do most of your “best of” things this summer, whatever they are, and that you find some new favorites, too. Just keep it local, friendly and fun, and it’s sure to be the best of what Northern Michigan has to offer.

Happy summer!


Community Farmer’s Markets: Summer 2017

*Markets accept Bridge cards SUMMER SCHEDULE • JULY AND AUGUST 2017 ANTRIM COUNTY Alden Farmers’ Market Thursdays 4–7 PM Tennis courts off...

Beautiful Farmers: Spirit of Walloon

Growing what you eat means that you’ll grow what you like. Lucky for us, Rachel Cross and the tight-knit crew at Spirit of Walloon...

Food Revolutions: Alice Waters on American Food

Alice Waters’ radical impact on American food

Honey Delights the Summer Table

Delightful summertime recipes featuring local honey

Raduno: A Tale of Three Chefs

A Tale of Three Chefs in Three Acts

Pigging Out & Pulling Pork

Pigging out and pulling pork in Northern Michigan

Wild Thing: Bear Earth Herbals

A passion for plants - deep personal connection drives Bear Earth Herbals

A Slow Money Reader

Reprinted with permission from Slow Money Journal, Winter 2016/17

Just Down the Road

Food-tripping around Manistee County - Up on the Marilla Plain

A Farmgirl's Table Cookbook

A Farmgirls Table Cookbook
Recipes that make you feel like you grew up on a farm.

Advertiser Directory

From lodging to restaurants to art galleries, Edible Grande Traverse has an array of various advertisers. Here we highlight them.

Edible Events: Summer 2017

Local food and farm events this summer!

What's in Season: Summer

Even though another year brings us some aftereffects of a cold winter, cool spring and late frosts, do not despair for the markets this summer. The farmers of our region are seasoned, and the bounty...
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