Let the Michigan harvest inspire your holiday menu
A few resources to help you prepare delicious meals this season.
Turkey, mashed potatoes, squash, cranberries and pumpkin pie. As you plan your holiday menu, keep in mind that most, if not all, of your featured foods can be sourced locally. The holiday season is one of the best times to choose local and celebrate the harvest. Michigan has a vibrant food system and the second most agriculturally diverse state in the nation. There may be snow on the ground, but plenty of opportunities to source your menu from Michigan.
Resources to help you get started
- Begin your menu planning process by reviewing the Michigan produce availability guide.
- Source a Michigan turkey - this MSU Extension article provides some tips.
- Michigan offers great conditions for growing cranberries. This holiday staple can be prepared in a variety of ways.
- Potatoes and squash are available all year and many recipes can be made ahead.
- Pie, stuffing or simply roasted, adding Michigan chestnuts to your table this holiday season could become a new tradition.
- Make a trip to your local winter farmers’ market to find many of your seasonal ingredients. Many markets also accept SNAP and/or Double Up Food Bucks.