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Catch a peek Thursday night of a new book, "Tasting and Touring Michigan's Homegrown Food: A Culinary Road Trip"

Join us Thursday evening as two local women, writer Jaye Beeler and photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick, present a free sneak peek at their new book "Tasting and Touring Michigan's Homegrown Food: A Culinary Road Trip" at the Women's City Club
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Embracing the growing Eat Fresh - Eat Local movement

Work on the book began a year ago when the two embarked on a 2,000 mile journey across the state to explore Michigan's wonderful agricultural delights.

Published by Arbutus Press, the book is expected to be released May 1

Published by Arbutus Press, the book is expected to be released May 1 /Dianne Carroll Burdick

Local writer Jaye Beeler

Local writer Jaye Beeler /Dianne Carroll Burdick

Local award-winning photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick

Local award-winning photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick /Chris Clark

Two local women have tapped into the surging interest in eating fresh foods grown locally with a new book called "Tasting and Touring Michigan's Homegrown Food: A Culinary Road Trip."

Author Jaye Beeler and photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick will present a glimpse of their chronicle at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at the Women's City Club, 254 E. Fulton Street. The event wraps up a series of programs sponsored by the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council in celebration of Women's History Month. The program is free and open to the public. Arrive a bit early- around 5 p.m.- to enjoy a wine ticket bar ($5/glass) and hors d'oeuvres.

Work began on this book about a year ago when seasoned journalist Beeler, a former food editor of The Grand Rapids Press, and Carroll Burdick, an award-winning photographer, started a 2,000 mile journey exploring Michigan's abundant supply of fresh, homegrown food. In the past decade, growth in Michigan's agriculture has grown dramatically, now earmarking it as one of the state's largest industries.

Their engaging trip took them to orchards, dairies, bakeries, barns, farm fields, bogs and inner city garden plots. Along the way they met dozens of enterprising women farmers and producers of our state's homespun food.

Published by Arbutus Press near Traverse City, the $29.95 book is expected to be released May 1, according to the book's website.

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