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Mike Dudek
Mike Dudek, Regional Gastronomist

Mike Dudek is a writer and graphic designer who enjoys cooking, gardening, and regional cuisine (after early morning strolls with his Rottweiler coonhound).

Not Just a Corn Maze

Jacob’s Farm has been owned and operated by the Witkop family since 1892 and is recognized by the State of Michigan’s Historical Commission as a Centennial Farm. The first corn maze was introduced in the Fall of 2008 and quickly became one of the area’s most popular attractions. The interactive…

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Welcome to the (Farm) Club

A restaurant on a farm, selling produce and baked goods, brewing ales and cider in house? It just makes sense. The farm literally couldn’t be any closer to the table. Farm Club lies nestled on 35 acres of farmland just 7 miles north of downtown Traverse City, and easily accessed by the TART trail…

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Overwintering at 9 Bean Rows

How does a Leelanau County farmer spend the winter months? For 9 Beans Rows’ Nic Welty, it’s about “lasagna gardening.” Yes, you read that right. For Welty, winter in northern Michigan means a multitude of responsibilities both on his property and in the surrounding community. Since starting a CSA…

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Finding Green This Winter

For lovers of leafy greens, nothing beats a Caesar Salad — especially one made with a homemade dressing. Here’s the scoop on finding great local greens this winter along with a cool trick for growing your own on the window sill from salvaged scraps. Anchovy filets, egg yolk, garlic and Dijon mustard…

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