January 21, 2015 (Traverse City, MI) — New this year, MyNorth Media, publishers of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, will produce Michigan Land Use Institute’s Taste the Local Difference as a magazine that combines the utility of the previous maps with fascinating stories and stunning photography of the Northern Michigan food scene.

“We were honored when MLUI approached us about producing Taste the Local Difference as a magazine,” says Deborah Wyatt Fellows, founder of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine and president of MyNorth Media. “Since our very first issue almost 35 years ago, we’ve covered Northern Michigan’s local foods, of course, we didn’t use expressions like “farm to table,” or even, “local food,” but then and now we capture what’s local, beautiful, smart and delicious and share it on our pages, videos, websites and now, the Taste the Local Difference magazine.”

For a dozen years, the Michigan Land Use Institute and other food system partners have produced a variety of communications to connect Northern Michigan food producers with the public. Communications have been brochures, booklets and maps, seeking to expand the region’s use of its local food sources by consumers.

“We wanted to bring the directory listings to life,” says Bill Palladino senior policy specialist at MLUI and the project manager of the Taste the Local Difference project. “As our partner, the Traverse Magazine staff adds character to the data, capturing the personalities who have worked so hard to make our gorgeous orchards, fisheries, vineyards and farms produce notable culinary ingredients touted by celebrity chefs and area accolades.”

In its twelfth year of publication, the Taste the Local Difference® 2015 Guide to Food & Farming promises to be the most comprehensive publication of its kind. Spanning 10 counties in northwest Lower Michigan, it is the go-to source for connecting with this region’s famed local food scene.

“We’ve been covering MLUI and the local food scene for 35 years, and we’re thrilled to collaborate in this new way,” says Jeff Smith, vice president editorial and editor of Traverse Magazine. “We have great respect for MLUI and Northern Michigan’s farmers, chefs and gourmet foods producers who have made Northern Michigan a very bright spot on the national map. The Taste the Local Difference magazine will have all the qualities that our great magazines have. It will be beautiful, it will be engaging, it will be useful—a keeper for sure.”

Flight Path Creative, a Traverse City full-service brand communications firm founded by Aaron Swanker and Dan Smith, is designing maps and also produces the Taste the Local Difference mobile application. The Taste the Local Difference app uses the latest in GPS technology to guide one directly to the local farm, retailer, or restaurant sought. One can search by farm, by food, or by location. One can even use the phone’s navigation app to get turn-by-turn directions.

More than 600 farms and businesses are expected to participate in the Taste the Local Difference magazine next to stories about food, farming, eating, drinking and all the things that make up Northern Michigan’s renowned foodie culture.

The Taste the Local Difference Guide has a solid following with this expanded print edition reaching 32,000 homes and businesses. Distribution is accomplished through a proven network of partners including CVBs, chambers of commerce, retail grocers, restaurants, institutions, and farm stands across the region, including:

  • Oryana Natural Foods
  • Tom’s Food Markets
  • Oleson’s Food Stores
  • Grain Train Natural Foods in Petoskey and Boyne City
  • Gallagher’s Farm Market
  • Evergreen Market

Plus, dozens of other markets, stores, restaurants, and institutions. Advertisers also get mentioned in Taste the Local Difference® biweekly email newsletter, The Local Food Companion, sent to more than 3,000 subscribers, listed on the Taste the Local Difference® website, and the Taste the Local Difference® Guide smartphone apps.

Additionally, MyNorth Media will provide additional visibility of the publication on MyNorth.com reaching an average of 100,000 visits monthly, in its email newsletters reaching 74,000 subscribers and through ShopMyNorth where out of state visitors can have the publication mailed to them.

About MyNorth Media
MyNorth Media, founded as Prism Publications Inc. more than 30 years ago by Deborah Wyatt Fellows, publishes Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, Northern Home & Cottage, MyNorth Vacation Guide and MyNorth Wedding, in addition to several other print and online publications. It also produces MyNorth.com, the online home of Traverse Magazine, ShopMyNorth.com and MyNorthTickets.com, Northern Michigan’s ticket source.

Traverse Magazine and its staff have won more than a dozen national and international awards for excellence. They were named to 50 Michigan Companies to Watch in 2014. And Traverse Magazine won a 2008 silver award for general excellence from the City and Regional Magazine Association and the 2007 “Magazine of the Year” award from the International Regional Magazine Association.

MyNorth Media has also published Reflections of a Life Up North, a coffee-table book of stunning photography from Traverse Magazine paired with a collection of Fellows’s columns, The Cottage Cookbook, 101 Ways to Love Traverse City and Beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes. MyNorth Media is also a proud sponsor of many events including the Traverse City Film Festival, Shanty Creek’s Beer & Boards Festival, Traverse City Wine & Art Festival, Traverse City Friday Night Live, Paella in the Park and Elk Rapids Harbor Days. The privately held company is headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan. For more information visit MyNorth.com or call (231) 941-8174.