By Bronwyn Jones Sun contributor This summer something strange and wonderful is happening at food pantries in Leelanau and Grand Traverse Counties. People in need of emergency food supplies are receiving nutritious, fresh foods grown on farms nearby. From lettuce and carrots to beans and potatoes, healthy food grown by dozens of area farmers is […]

By M. Leth-Soerensen Sun food critic My son and I have a lunch date for 1 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon. We arrive at the lovely modern Victorian home on the outskirts of Glen Arbor where Rose Saavedra lives with her two teenage children. After opening the front door we are led to the functional […]

By Jane Greiner Sun nature correspondent A few weeks ago we lived in a world of muted color tones, the ground was brown and the trees were just starting to show pink and chartreuse buds. Everyone was busy searching for mushrooms, enjoying the Trillium, planting gardens, or waiting for bass season to open. Now the […]

By Jane Greiner Sun staff writer There’s nothing like a couple of 50 degree days in a row to give you the urge to get outside for a Spring Walkabout. I use the term broadly to include anything from putting on hiking shoes and taking a real walk to grabbing a rake and clearing some […]

By Ian Richardson Sun contributor Across the board in the Leelanau Peninsula the 2002 vintage looks like a great one, with all the wineries bringing in great fruit in large quantities. This year’s grape crop benefited from a long, warm growing season with rain falling right when the grapes needed it the most. While late […]

By Jane Greiner Sun nature correspondent Last weekend on a gray and windy day a group of us walked the Empire Bluffs trail. We had all been up the bluffs before and we all looked forward to the view waiting for us at the top of the trail. A Park officer was checking vehicles in […]

By Ian Richardson Sun contributor I think Michigan wines have gotten a bad rap. Often I hear “That’s a pretty good Michigan wine” or I am asked, “How do Michigan wines compare to those from California?” and I wonder, “How does an apple compare to a banana?” To compare Michigan wines to California wines makes […]