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Buying Local at the West Michigan Cooperative

Creswick Farms truck at the loading dock

Bill and I just joined the West Michigan Co-op this month and last night was our first order pick-up. It was loads of fun.

After dinner at one of our favorite Local First eateries, the Electric Cheetah in Grand Rapids, we headed over to a nearby warehouse for the pick-up, which is a designated day and time once a month. To become a member, you sign up online and pay $35 per year. Then you place a monthly order online during the shopping window (first week of the month), print off your invoice, bring it with you to the warehouse, and pay for your goods that night.

Our first-time order included ground beef, ground lamb, and lamb chops from Creswick Farms; fingerling potatoes from Groundswell Community Farm; and yellow onions from Funny Farm Organics.

Inside the Creswick Farms trailer, where the meat is stored

Our meat order from Creswick Farms

Veggies bagged up at Funny Farm Organics

Our fingerling potato order from Funny Farm Organics

Veggies bagged up at Groundswell Community Farm

Our onion order from Groundswell Community Farm

But there’s way more to choose from than meat, onions, and potatoes.
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Feel Good About What You Eat at the Electric Cheetah

I was looking forward to dinner at the Electric Cheetah all day today because I knew I could count on eating happy, delicious, healthy food. Although I had been there once for lunch, this was Bill’s first time.

But first, we started out with happy hour drinks at The Meanwhile Bar, where Michigan products are always a dollar off before 8 p.m. I enjoyed a flavorful cherry wheat from Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo to start the evening.

When we sauntered down the block to EC, I already had my mind set on getting the Creswick Farms Grass-fed, Free-range Beef Burger. It’s been months since I’ve had a grassfed burger of any sort because we ran out of our own ground beef, and it’s nearly impossible to find a grassfed burger at most restaurants. Thank you, EC! It’s great to be able to count on locally-sourced, happy, healthy beef. It was delicious.

Bill started off with some chicken curry soup–spiced just right.

He followed that with the Hydroponic Tomato BLT (tomatoes courtesy of  Mud Lake Farm, which happens to be our CSA). Bill said the honey aioli sauce was a nice touch–the best BLT he’s ever had.

We topped off the evening by picking up our first order of local goods from the West Michigan Co-op: meats from Creswick Farm and vegetables from Funny Farm Organics and Groundswell Community Farm. (You can read about our experience there tomorrow.)

It was a great day for supporting our local farmers, brewers, and business owners in West Michigan–especially members of Localfirst.com, which “encourages the development of a vibrant, sustainable West Michigan economy by promoting local business ownership, social equity, and environmental kinship through education, support and collaboration.”

Pork Chops with Potatoes and Leeks

Although we ran out of pork chops earlier in the fall, I was able to snag a few packages at the Summertime Market in Douglas, Michigan before they closed for the season.

The ones we ate tonight are from Creswick Farms, from whom we’ll order more meat through the West Michigan Cooperative until we receive next year’s meat order from Lubbers Farm. It’s a great way to supplement our meat and organic vegetable supply, especially during the winter. Watch for a blog post about it around December 22, when we pick up our first order.

Pork chops are so easy. Here are instructions for the way I prepared them tonight:
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