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Does your holiday shopping list include local produce? Taste the Local Difference, a Traverse City-based organization whose mission is to boost local food commerce, will help you find the perfect holiday gift for every eater on your list. Their online Michigan Local Gift Guide is the one stop shop for locally made products and where to find them.

An exciting array of Northern Michigan products can be found in the gift guide, from Iron Fish Distillery’s breakfast kit to Fustini’s Oil and Vinegar dressing sets. Show up to your holiday party with Mari Vineyard’s Cave Trio or treat your host to Food for Thought’s Michigan Bourbon Preserves Gift Set. Got a Short’s Brewing fan on your list? Their MiiR Camp Mug is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, especially those who love a good Northern Michigan beer. Buy gifts from over 20 Michigan businesses.

In addition to showcasing products from Northern Michigan makers, the Michigan Local Gift Guide also features great places to shop.

Find unique gifts and bites at the Village of GT Commons, Common Good Bakery and Fresh Water Textiles in Traverse City, or head to the Leelanau Peninsula for stops like Wool & Honey in Cedar or Shady Lane Cellars in Suttons Bay. Find out why these places are great for vacation shopping in the Northwest Michigan Regional Shopping Guide.

Interested in supporting a local organization that has an impact in our part of the country? Consider a charitable donation. Nonprofits focused on Northern Michigan’s environmental and food systems can be found in the “Donate” section of the Guide.

Are you looking for the gift of local products? Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares are a great way to give honeymooners, neighborhood newcomers, or even those at your own table a great dining experience! The blog features CSAs from Northern Michigan to consider gifting this season, as well as great recipes, crafts, and more.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to the Michigan Local Gift Guide to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Claire Butler is content strategist for Taste the Local Difference. She lives in County Antrim and loves going to her local farms for apple cider or tacos! You can reach her at