The local food movement is evolving with a greater appreciation for the just-picked goodness of farm fresh produce, artisan cheeses and breads, handcrafted chocolates, and other homegrown products such as jams, honey, and maple syrup. The resurgence of farmers’ markets is exemplified by the new, year ‘round facility for the Lansing City Market, which has served the Capital City since 1909.
More local foods are making their way to restaurant menus, including the new Grange in Ann Arbor and Salt of the Earth Rustic American Eatery & Bakery in Fennville.
This year marks the 25th anniversary for Lemon Creek Winery in Berrien Springs, an anchor among Michigan wineries, which now number more than 70. The Great Lake State’s craft beer scene also continues to grow with the opening of the Michigan Brewing Company’s Authentic Michigan Pub in downtown Lansing.
The new Culinary Institute of Michigan at Baker College in Muskegon showcases the work of its students in The Sweet Spot, a café offering a full coffee menu and fresh-baked breads, muffins, pastries and desserts.
Take a break from bagging shopping bargains at Great Lakes Crossing’s many new stores and enjoy some honky-tonk meatloaf, a brew, and country music at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar; rides on the mechanical bull are optional (opening in 2010).
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