Shop Local – Michigan’s Best!
Supporting our state, our farmers, our neighbors and our families!
Top 5 Reasons to Buy Local!
1. Keep money in our economy. If each family started spending $10 per week of their grocery bill on Michigan products, we’d keep more than $37 million in Michigan each week. (Source: MI Department of Agriculture.
2. Local food is better for you. The shorter the time between the farm and your table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost from fresh food.
3. Local food preserves genetic diversity. In the modern agricultural system, plant varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen uniformly, withstand harvesting, survive packing and last a long time on the shelf, so there is limited genetic diversity in large-scale production. Smaller local farms, in contrast, often grow many different varieties of crops to provide a long harvest season, an array of colors and the best flavors.
4. Local food keeps taxes down. According to several studies by the American Farmland Trust, farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services.
5. Local food is an investment in the future. By supporting local farmers today, you are helping to ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow.
How Can I Make a Difference?
Improving Michigan’s economy sounds like a pretty big task, but there are plenty of little things that we can do to make an impact!
- Make changes in your buying habits starting today. Buy Michigan’s Best.
- Read labels before you make a purchase and ask yourself if there is a Michigan-made alternative.
- Write the editor of your local newspaper and urge them to support Michigan’s Best.
- Visit a different gallery, museum, park, or zoo each month to promote Michigan tourism.
- Invited to a party? Take your host or hostess a Michigan thank-you gift.
- Suggest that your favorite restaurants carry more Michigan-made food, wine, and beer.
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Some Michigan Companies & Their Products –
Absopure Water – Plymouth
Arcadia Beer – Battle Creek
Aunt Millie’s Bread – Various
Bel Lago Wines – Cedar
Bell’s Beer – Kalamazoo
Better Made Potato Chips – Detroit
Biggby Coffee – East Lansing
Boar’s Head Deli Meats – Holland
Chateau Grand Traverse – Traverse City
Chiquita Smoothies – Sparta
Cole’s Frozen Garlic Bread – Muskegon
Comstock Pie Fillings – Paw Paw
Country Fresh Dairy Products – Various
Eggland’s Best Eggs – Saranac
Faulker Farms – Decatur
Faygo Soft Drinks – Detroit
Ferris Nuts Products – Grand Rapids
Founders Beer – Grand Rapids
Garden Fresh Salsa / Chips – Ferndale
Gerber Baby Foods – Fremont
Gold Coast Farms – Fennville
Heinz Vinegars – Holland
Hudsonville Ice Cream – Holland
Indian Summer Juice – Ludington
Jiffy Mix – Chelsea
Kar’s Snack Bars – Madison Heights
Keebler Snacks – Battle Creek
Kellog’s Pop-tarts & Cereals – Battle Creek
Koegel’s – Flint
Lay’s Potato Chips – Three Rivers
Lighthouse Dressings – Lowell
Maat Produce – Benton Harbor
Minute Maid Orange Juice – Paw Paw
Mussleman’s Applesauces – Paw Paw
New Holland Beer – Holland
Old Orchard Juice – Sparta
Pioneer Sugar – Sebewaing
Post Cereals – Battle Creek
Rothbury Farms Croutons – Grand Rapids
Sara Lee Bread – Grand Rapids
Sara Lee Pies – Traverse City
Select Spartan Brand Items – Various
Shoreline Fruits – Traverse City
Speich Farms – Lawton
St. Julian Wine – Paw Paw
Top Care Products – Allegan
Vlasic Pickles – Imlay City
Welch’s Juices and Jellies – Lawton
Win Schuler’s Cheese – Marshall
Woolite Deep Cleaners – Grand Rapids
Yoplait Yogurt – Reed City