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New Local Food Website Donating to MLUIPrint

Food & Farming | July 30, 2012 | By MLUI

A new northwest Lower Michigan food Web site is donating 1 percent of its sales to the Michigan Land Use Institute to demonstrate its commitment to environmental causes and bettering the planet.

The exciting news comes from Empire, Mich. husband and wife Norm and Cile Plumstead. 

The couple has launched www.traversegourmet.com, and says the new site is for those who know and love northern Michigan, and who want to shop online for some of the region’s finest artisan foods.

“We think northwest Michigan has it all,” says Cile Plumstead, Traverse Gourmet principal. “The seasons, the people, the food—all make this area a great place to visit, a great place to live. Our goal with Traverse Gourmet is to make available a variety of our favorite local foods.”

According to Norm Plumstead, “We want to know where our food comes from and value the relationships that arise.”

Traverse Gourmet chooses its artisans carefully. Each places an emphasis on naturally produced, organic and fair trade products. As a 1% for the Planet member, Traverse Gourmet donates at least 1 percent of its sales to environmental organizations. The couple says the 1% for the Planet program is their small way to support organizations that make a difference for the world in which we live.

The majority of their giving goes to The Michigan Land Use Institute.

For more information, contact Norm Plumstead at norman@traversegourmet.com.