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Klug Orchards Greenhouse Kevin and Cathy Klug

Working and living on land owned by their family for more than 60 years, Kevin and Cathy Klug of Klug Orchards & Green Organics are old pros when it comes to growing plants. A third-generation farmer, Kevin was raised in the 1840s homestead he now shares with his wife and three sons. As a child, he’d set up shop at the end of his driveway, selling strawberries picked from his own bushes. Cathy grew up learning organic farming principles from her mother. After marrying in 1988, Kevin and Cathy started farming full-time, drawing upon their parents’ commitment to limiting their use of chemicals when growing food for the community. But after their young, first-born son became sick and later died, the couple passionately dug into […]

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Organic Innovators: Cinzori Farms

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In the sleepy unincorporated Michigan community of Ceresco, family-run Cinzori Farms has been quietly experimenting & innovating with organic farming practices since 1974. We recently visited the farm, where a cozy, century-old homestead gives way to 260 acres of fertile fields and rural landscape. It’s an unlikely place for two Detroit natives to end up, but former autoworker Don Cinzori and wife Donna haven’t looked back since packing up and moving to this peaceful spot in the mid-seventies. Long before USDA Organic certification existed and mainstream demand for organic food was growing like a weed, the Cinzoris practiced chemical-free farming because they wanted safe, more nutritious food for their family—and eventually for their community. They also drastically cut water usage […]

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How Our Compost Makes a Difference in Detroit and Beyond

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We think every day should be Earth Day, but with the official day (April 22) fast approaching, we’re excited to share a particularly fertile story. In 2014, Door to Door Organics launched a pilot composting program in partnership with our friends at Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI), based in the North End neighborhood of Detroit. Over the summer, we delivered 5,000 pounds of organic produce past its prime to MUFI to be composted, thereby diverting this “food waste” from the landfill. Our awesome drivers donated more than 16 hours of their time to make these deliveries, and their generous efforts have certainly paid off! MUFI uses the nutrient-rich compost to naturally fortify the soil at its Brush Street Production Farm. […]

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Local producer at The Brinery

It was in the fall of 2010, while David Klingenberger was working on organic Tantre Farm in Chelsea, Mich., that he began a journey into fermentation that has culminated with his serving as Chief Fermenting Officer at The Brinery in Ann Arbor. That particular autumn, Tantre’s fertile fields yielded David and his fellow farmhands with an exceptionally large bumper crop of cabbage. Inspired by both his passion for eating locally year-round and his German lineage, David decided to preserve the cabbage, creating his delicious, wild-fermented sauerkraut that so many foodies, including President Barack Obama, enjoy today. Located in Ann Arbor’s Washtenaw Food Hub, The Brinery produces an array of delightfully complex krauts, pickles, kimchi, and other fermented goodies, constantly adding […]

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Neu Kombucha: Local Elixirs of Love

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If you aren’t yet familiar with the kombucha craze, it’s time you got on board. Originating as an ‘immortality elixir’ in China as far back as 220 B.C., kombucha offers not just a uniquely sweet-tart flavor, but is also said to have many health benefits. Kombucha contains live probiotic cultures, B vitamins, and antioxidants, all which may play important roles in GI health, digestion, mood, and immunity, making it the perfect addition to your spring detox plan. At the Shop, we carry the best local kombucha we’ve found: Neu Kombucha, made with love by Jennie Neu and her fiancé, Julius Sipkay. Kombucha is carefully crafted by fermenting “good bugs” (bacteria and yeast, also known as a SCOBY), sugar & tea. The […]

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Local Coffee Talk: Red House Imports

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You’d be “hard-pressed” to find a coffee that’s as enjoyable to sip, as distinctively smooth, or as expertly prepared as a mugful from Detroit’s own Red House Imports. To learn (and share) more about this new vendor’s mission and expert process, a few of us from Door to Door Organics headed over to meet young founders, Jamie Olson and Travis Heeren. About a year ago, these friends and former college roommates combined a shared coffee obsession with a shared mission to create the most environmental and socially responsible business possible—and to offer customers coffee they can enjoy with a totally clean conscience. Red House Imports leverages Jamie’s background in ecology as well as the relationships Travis built with Costa Rican […]

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Ope’s Is Changing the Way the World Eats

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A perfect mix of life’s ingredients led Lauren Oppenlander to start Ope’s, which makes locally crafted, organic, non-GMO, and certified vegan burgers and cookies in Kalamazoo. The recipe for Lauren’s food fascination began with her father, Richard Oppenlander. Dr. O is not only a respected local dentist, but also a prominent nutritionist and author. A fervent vegan, he raised Lauren and her two siblings on a sprawling, organic farm in Kalamazoo, Michigan, that also serves as a sanctuary for rescued and abused animals. From an early age, Lauren and her siblings helped plant and harvest crops on the family farm, which taught them about the origin of their food and the importance of organic agriculture. And caring for the farm’s […]

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