ct quality of produ The business of farming is critical to all the work Brian and Anne are doing. The success they’ve seen comes from a lot of hard work, through thoughtful branding, quality products, and convenience for the consumer. “Quality is the blood that pumps through the farm,” says Brian, “quality of life and quality of product.” Brian and Anne don’t expect people to buy their products just because they’re local. They want customers to taste the avor, notice the uality, and not have to go out of their way to get it. That’s the reason they accept credit cards at the farmers market and invest in recyclable packaging for retail stores; they want to make the experience of buying local as easily accessible as possible.
“We have to do well in order to do good,” reminds Brian, “and we attribute a lot of our success to Petoskey. Businesses in town are appreciative of what we do, and people are nding us because they’re looking. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, supportive, and energetic.”
Full-transparency farming is a concept that only local producers can provide. Its value lies in the close personal relationships with customers and the ripple eﬀect of building that trust within the community. Bear Creek Organic Farm puts thoughtful relationships and quality product rst, while weaving in a true desire to learn and share with others. by Tricia Phelps
Buy Local Year Round
Many locally produced items are available all year long in Northwestern Michigan, including: Eggs Milk Cheese Ice Cream Yogurt Butter Meat Fish Dried Fruit Frozen Fruit & Veggies Jams Sauces Salsas Hot Sauces
Breads Baked Goods Granola Honey Maple Syrup Chocolates Vinegars Herbal Teas Juice Cider Wine Beer Distilled Spirits Pickled Vegetables
There are also plenty of non-food items that co e ro the ar eld and forests of northern Michigan: soaps, lotions, balms, sachets, yarns, and other products made with local ingredients.
taste the local difference
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Guide to local food in Northwest Michigan