- Michigan’s Cottage Food Law – read and download information from the Michigan Department of Agriculture
- Michigan Cottage Food Law Food Safety Training/Webinar – an online short course in food safety for those who are selling at Farm stands and Farmers Markets from MSU Extension
- Take a course on Michigan Food Law Food Safety
- Growing Michigan’s Future: A Guide to Marketing Your Michigan Food and Agriculture Products – click on Business Development and select all or part of this 100+ page guide from the MDA
- MSU Product Center – connect with Innovation Counselors and other useful services
- Chelsea District Library – click on their newsletter link to find out about classes and business counseling
Local food and where to find it in Western Washtenaw County
- Chelsea Farmers Market – seasonal, Saturdays
- Bushel Basket Market – seasonal, Wednesdays
- New Chelsea Market
- Polly’s Country Market
- Harvest Kitchen – prepared local foods CSA
- Locavorious – frozen local foods CSA
- Realtime Farms – put in your zip code and locate farms, markets, restaurants & more
- Local Harvest – provides information similar to Realtime Farms
- Edible WOW – an online and in print magazine reporting on the local food scene in SE Michigan – primarily Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw counties (that’s where the WOW comes from)
Michigan Harvest Time info
- Michigan Harvest Calendar – looking for typical harvest times for Michigan fruits and vegetables? Try this site from pickyourown.org.
Preserving and Canning
- Preserving Traditions – a blog by Emily Springfield, our local expert and masterful instructor of preserving
- How to Can, Freeze, Dry and Preserve Fruits & Vegetables at Home – more from pickyourown.org.
- Q&A with a Master Food Preserver – Liz, an enthusiastic preserver and inspiration for younger canners, shares what she has learned
- Pressure Canning Ratatouille – tips for mixed veggie canning
Tips for eating better
- Choose My Plate – a US Department of Agriculture web site with features like healthy eating on a budget, sample menus and recipes and a fruits & veggies video challenge
- Fruits & Veggies Matter – all about fruits and veggies; an interactive site
- All About Fruits – lots of info about fruits; has a special kids’ section
- 101 Ways to Eat Well – from Oldways, a source of practical and positive programs grounded in science, traditions, and delicious foods and drinks
- Tips from a Meijer Healthy Living Advisor – posts on Lucy Ann Lance’s blog
- The Sustainable Table – recipes and much more
- PickChow! Food Game for Kids – the name says it all. Adults can play, too.
- Fruits & Veggies More Matters’ Get Kids Involved in Healthy Cooking and Shopping
- Healthfinder.gov’s Nutrition and Fitness page – includes shopping lists for foods rich in calcium, low sodium foods and heart healthy foods, and lots of other tips. Healthfinder.gov has a Facebook page, too.
- The Eat Well Guide – put in your zip code or use it to plan to eat well on your next road trip
- The Chelsea-area Wellness Foundation – look for blog posts tagged “Eat Better”
- Eat More Fruits & Vegetables! – a good summary article from a commercial web site; includes ways to eat more fruits & veggies
- AMA’s Promoting Healthy Lifestyles physician resource page on obesity – look for the “Promoting Healthy Families” resource materials
- 100 Days of Real Food – a family takes “In Defense of Food” to heart and makes changes in the way they eat.
Family food safety
- Food Safety resources from the FDA
- Food Safety educational reference – for downloading
- Partnership for Food Safety Education – check out their Kid’s Pages; lots of info for adults, too
Food systems & policy
- Fair Food Network – A non-profit dedicated to building a more just and sustainable food system; maintains a list of organizations doing related work
- Food System Economic Partnership (FSEP) – a nonprofit for vibrant and sustainable food economies in communities across southeast Michigan.
- Is Junk Food Really Cheaper? – food for thought in this New York Times article
- Raj Patel’s blog – Author of “Stuffed & Starved” and “The Value of Nothing”; comments and links on agricultural policy and world-wide food issues