When planning your upcoming holiday menus, make sure you keep it local! With more than 300 foods and products grown in Michigan, all your meals this season can be Michigan GROWN, Michigan GREAT. Moreover, you’re supporting the local farm families who take pride in producing quality foods and products that you can trust.
Check out a few Michigan-made foods you can feature on your holiday table!
Turkey is the cornerstone of any traditional holiday meal. This ready-to-serve, honey-smoked turkey breast from Heffron Farms Markets will be a hit at your next family dinner. Just thaw, heat and serve! Located in Grand Rapids, turkeys (and a variety of other products) can be shipped throughout the United States.
If turkey isn’t your meat of choice, you can still enjoy Michigan-grown products during the holidays. Eight Plates Farm in Mayville, Michigan produces hogs and beef which can be shipped directly from the farm to your table. Can’t decide? Pick up a bundle featuring your favorite cuts of pork and beef!
Michigan potatoes are grown year-round and come in many varieties — red, yellow, round white, russet and more. You can find Michigan potatoes in nearly every grocery store in the state! When shopping for your fresh potatoes, look for the ‘Michigan Potatoes’ tag on your bag. This way you’ll know you’re getting a fresh, local product that supports Michigan farmers.
Since 1930, Chelsea-based JIFFY has been a market leader in muffin mixes, including America’s favorite – corn muffin mix. From casseroles to stuffing, cornbread can make your holiday meal amazingly delicious!
Michigan’s climate, soil and water make it an ideal location for growing cranberries. Harvested in late fall makes Thanksgiving an excellent time for fresh cranberry dishes.
The Michigan Cranberry Co. was started nearly 30 years ago and produces nearly three-quarters of the state’s crop. You can find fresh Michigan Cranberry Co. cranberries in most Meijer stores.
Michigan is a top producer for asparagus, carrots, celery and squash, all of which make outstanding holiday sides. And there is no better place to find fresh vegetables than at a local farmers market.
While many markets are seasonal, there are several around the state that are open year-round including the Eastern Market, the Flint Farmers’ Market, the Fulton Street Farmers Market and the Holt Farmers Market, just to name a few.
For a searchable list of farm markets throughout the state, visit the Michigan Farmers Market Association at mifma.org.
Apple. Pumpkin. Peach. There are so many delicious pies to choose from during the holidays. If you fancy yourself a baker, you can source fresh ingredients for your pies from local orchards, farm stands and markets.
Did you know that most store brand sugar is made right here in Michigan? Michigan Sugar Co. packages sugar made from sugar beets for box stores like Walmart and Kroger, in addition to their own Pioneer Big Chief brand.
Don’t forget to top that slice of pie with a scoop of delicious Hudsonville Ice Cream. With more than 50 flavors to choose from in multiple retailers throughout Michigan, Illinois and Indiana, you’ll be enjoying premium ice cream and supporting Michigan’s dairy farmers.
As we give thanks this holiday season and gather to enjoy the great Michigan made food, remember the hard-working farmers who grew it.
Michigan Farm Bureau is a proud partner of the Michigan Ag Council — an organization of commodity groups and agribusinesses working together to raise awareness of food and agriculture. To learn more, visit michigangrown.org.