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Monday, June 18, 2012

The Local Foods Movement in Northern Michigan: The Traverse Magazine Story

Posted by Elizabeth Edwards

I've lived in Northern Michigan long enough to know that there was a period in the early 1980's when our restaurant scene was going to go the way of so many other cities: from small, cozy mom n' pop restaurants to a smother lode of chain restaurants. But as Jeff Smith chronicles in his story "Local Foods All-Stars" in the May issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine, a man named Justin Rashid planted a seed--so to speak--that would eventually save our region from becoming a Kentucky-fried Anywhere USA and set it on the path of national recognition for our local food scene. What Rashid did was complemented by three decades of roll-up-you-sleeves work by other local food visionaries.

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