The Vital Valley Food Project was created in 2017 by the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy to support sustainable, best-practice agriculture and a strong local food economy. It is a “network” of local food growers, producers, restaurateurs, grocers, and other purveyors. This growing network is highlighted in this guidebook, detailing options in Bay, Midland, and Saginaw counties.
Through the Vital Valley Food Project, we seek to increase awareness of local food, make fresh and healthy food accessible to all, and promote agritourism in our region. Local food means fresh food. Food grown, raised, or produced locally is often fresher, tastier, and better for us. Other regions in our state capitalize on their strong local food economies and use them to attract visitors and residents. Not many people know that our region does already have a pretty strong local food economy, so it is our goal to help spread the word!