Why Shop Local

Brownwood Farms

Traverse City, MI

“It was a simpler time when Brownwood Farms started in 1945. Folks knew exactly where their food came from because they knew the people who grew it. The world has changed a lot since then, but they haven’t. Their fruit comes from Michigan orchards worked by the same families for generations, who share their commitment to quality and the values of times past. We invite you to get to know them and taste the simple goodness of their products.

Local food is fresher, healthier and tastes better, because it spends less time being transported from farm to plate. Therefore, it loses fewer nutrients and spoils less. When you buy local food, you’ll also discover a new appreciation for our regions seasonal varieties.

Shorter distribution chains for local food and products mean less food is wasted in distribution, warehousing and merchandising. Additionally, less fuel, traffic and air pollution are created during transportation.

Farmers who sell direct to local stores and consumers cut out the middleman and get a higher price for their food. This in turn, helps farm families stay on the land and creates jobs on farms and in local food processing and distribution systems.

Dollars spent with local farms and food producers stay in the local economy. These businesses create more jobs locally and are more likely to use banks, media to advertise and other services in the area, expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs.

We create stronger communities by connecting people with the farmers and food producers who bring us healthy and agriculturally diverse local foods.

Well-managed farms help local ecosystems by conserving fertile soil, protecting water sources and growing cover crops that capture carbon emissions from the atmosphere. In addition, the patchwork farm environment of fields, meadows, woods, ponds and buildings provides habitat for wildlife.

Local food encourages diverse agriculture which is good for the soil and genetic crop varieties. Farms often grow many different crops to provide a long harvest season, in contrast to large-scale production, where single crops are grown over a wide area.

Buying local helps farms survive and thrive, keeping farmland from being sold for development. This is landscape that is important to economic activity of our area, such as recreation and tourism.

Farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services. The government spends a fraction of the cost on services for a farm, forest or open space as it does on most urban development. Cows don’t call 911 and tomatoes don’t go to school.

Supporting local farms and products today helps to ensure there will be farms in our community tomorrow. We can ensure that future generations will have access to a healthy and abundant local food system.

Better Way Farms

South Haven, MI

“A family owned and operated blueberry farm that takes a holistic approach to organic farming. Better Way works to actively rebuild the soil structure and unlock minerals which are essential for healthier plants and fruit. This includes the planting of cover crops of clover, buckwheat, radishes and legumes which help restore the soil biome. The end result is produce packed with higher levels of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. All to offer you the very best produce!

The Brinery

Ann Arbor, MI

“The Brinery is a local business founded on necessity– a field of autumn cabbages needed to be harvested or it would be lost; and so began Brinery founder, David Klingenberger’s first foray into the ancient art of fermenting as a method of preserving. The Brinery sources foods from local farms such as Tantré Farm in Chelsea and Sunseed Farm in Dexter.

Glei’s Orchard

Hillsdale, MI

“In 1918, Alma Glei and son Carl purchased forty acres of property in Hillsdale County. Today, the next generation of Glei’s has truly devoted their lives to the growth and development of the business. With over 300 acres, Glei’s grows over 30 varieties of apples, 200 varieties of perennials, 300 varieties of annuals, several varieties of Christmas trees, florist flowers and many types of vegetables.