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Guanajuato in the Springtime

Here's how lucky I am: not only do I have smart, funny, beautiful daughter who is spending her last semester speaking Spanish in UM's study abroad program in Mexico, but I also got to visit her during their spring break last week. For the past couple of months she's been telling us about how generous her host family is and what a beautiful city Guanajuato is, but nothing compares to seeing the sights, smelling the smells, and finding your own way in a maze of twisty passages all the same.  …

Ann Arbor's Yummiest, Part 1

This is a shameless copycat of David Lebovitz's post on 10 Insanely Delicious Things You Shouldn't Miss in Paris. What's that quote about how imitation is the most genuine form of a compliment?  Ann Arbor je t'aime.  In thinking about a Top 10 list for my own town, I'm noticing an inordinate number of baked items. I'm also noticing that I know the name (or could easily find out the name) of the person who made each of these things. …

Sleepers Awake: March 15, 2008

Perhaps it's Easter's early arrival this year, but the Farmer's Market woke up this past Saturday. There were at least 20 vendors and hundreds of passersby and shoppers creating that feeling of energy and excitement that's so appealing. Catherine Badgley and Yvette Perfecto brought their class to the market, and were on their way to Fresh Seasons and Meijer's to learn more about our local food system. …

The Other Farmer's Marketing

With graceful images of carnelian red beets, paisley-ed orange squash, and golden Rubenesque pears, the Eat Local Food marketing and art design company lets the visual feast of authentic food speak its message. Eat Local Food is the brainchild of sisters Joan Tobin and Chris Witkowski. This local food marketing and art design business showcases the stunning still life and portrait paintings of artist sister Chris on all of their “made in the USA” products. …

Farmer's Marketing: March 1, 2008

Market Haul

We got back from our big tropical trip late on Leap Day Friday (February 29).  Since I missed a couple of weeks, plus hadn't had any satisfactory farmer's marketing on our trip,  I was determined to make it to the Farmer's Market on Saturday. It was a bright blue and white winter day and I'm happy to report that my enthusiasm was justly rewarded.  


Probably the biggest news was a new vendor with GREENS at the market. …

All About Me.Me.Meme.

When I read about things other bloggers do I suspect am certain they're living in a world with a much higher hipster quotient than mine. They do social networking stuff like have meet-ups with their adoring public and participate in baking and cocktail making challenges and pass along memes, those text-based viral pyramid schemes. If learning to use basic blogging software and articulating some thoughts online is Blogging 101, then the social stuff is Blogging 102.  …

Food Desert Islands

When friends introduced us to the sunny pleasures of the Caribbean island vacation as a way of staving off the worst of the winter blues, I didn't originally see these trips moving up the food chain from "want" to "need." But snorkeling in blue water and spending a week in flipflops at the end of Michigan February makes the long tail end of winter seem survivable.  The great beaches, relaxed atmosphere, and homemade food have kept us coming back to the same eco-resort every year for "luxury" camping - the kind with flush toilets and showers (solar heated, usually cold showers). …

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