What to Plant in August – Zones 4 – 6

melons growing in a no-till garden

Here is everything you can plant in August in your garden in hardiness zones 4 – 6. August is the perfect time to plant fall crops and vegetables that love a little heat and then the cold.  Yes, there is plenty of time to still plant in zones 5 & 6. Here is what to […]

The Story of Buying Land in Leelanau + Tips That Were Helpful

Everything We Learned When Choosing Our Land in Leelanau County, Michigan

It was almost 5 years ago that we purchased our land in Leelanau County, Michigan. I realized we haven’t really told a concise story on how it came about, the things we looked for, and the things we learned through the process. Some things have changed since we purchased but we learned a ton through […]

Are Tomato Cages Necessary? – The Best DIY Tomato Cage Alternative

Alternatives to Tomato Cages

You can easily go without tomato cages in your garden. In fact, tomato cages aren’t necessary at all and here is what I use as my tomato cage alternative in my garden.  You do not need tomato cages. This is not a popular opinion, but it is true. Tomato cages are one of the most […]

How to Know When to Harvest Garlic

How to Know When to Harvest Garlic from your Garden

Knowing when to harvest garlic can be kind of tricky. Just like potatoes or carrots, there can be a lot of mixed ways of knowing when to harvest garlic. The cloves are planted deep in late October and then we wish them well till they spring forth in March so when do we know when […]

The Top Ways to Keep Deer Out of The Garden

Top Ways to Keep Deer out of the Garden

Keeping deer out of your garden can be quite tricky whether you live in the city or the country. With increasing deer populations we are seeing more and more issues with deer in urban areas. As a result, our gardens are seeing the damage, but deterring deer naturally is quite easy with the right plants […]

Best Traverse City Restaurants – Farm Club

Farm Club - Best Restaurants in Traverse City, Michigan

Leelanau County and Traverse City, Michigan have long been known for their food. From the orchards, the vineyards, the farms…agriculture is a HUGE part of life in northern Michigan. In fact, it is one of the largest employers in this area of Michigan. But what is beautiful is watching how it is captured by restaurants […]

The Best Tomato Companion Plants

Tomato Companion Planting Design and plan to ward off hornworms.

Tomato companion plants are some of my favorites to play within our garden. Not only is companion planting fun and creates a gorgeous garden, but it also lowers your chances of dealing with pests and depleted soil throughout the season. By bringing in companion plants you can not create hospital environments for a variety of […]

How to Build The Best Chicken Coop – Top Ideas to Consider

How to Build the best Chicken coop for backyard chickens - Large Custom Coop Design

Discover how to build the best chicken coop yourself with our chicken coop plans which give you the perfect design to DIY your own chicken house for your flock. We thought through every bit custom building the best coop possible.  How you build your chicken coop is one of the most important things you will […]

Self-Care Ideas with Randi Kay

Simple Self-Care Ideas to Make self-care really easy.

Self-care is a hot topic these days and I personally have been learning in the past year as a new mom of 2 and while being thrust into a pandemic at the same time, just how important it is to think about self-care. Unfortunately, though self-care has a lot of baggage with it especially for […]

How to Actually Grow a Kitchen Herb Garden Confidently

How to Grow an Herb Garden Successfully - Fresh Exchange

An herb garden is one of the simplest and most rewarding gardens to grow and you can actually grow one and feel super confident about it! It is simpler and easier than you would think. No matter your skill level or the space you have an herb garden is an option for you! I am […]

How to Discover the Best Native Plants For Your Garden

Discover the importance of Native Plants for the home gardener

Learn about native plants from expert and Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, Doug Tallamy on today’s podcast episode.  What are Native Plants? Native plants are plants that have existed in a region, ecosystem, or area of a landscape without any human intervention or introduction. […]

Best Tips for Backyard Chickens

Everything About Backyard Chickens - The Fresh Exchange

Backyard chickens have grown in demand the last few years as more and more people seek ways to be more self-sufficient and connect to nature so what are the best tips for backyard chickens? What should you know about when selecting your chickens and everything else you may want to know about starting your own […]

How to Cook Wild Ramps

Wild Ramps - Sustainability, Cooking, and How to Harvest

Wild Ramps are also known as Wild Leeks. They are one of the first wild foods and even the first things available in the spring in Northern Michigan. Wild Ramps are beautiful and incredibly popular right now. These wild foods are gracing the covers of magazines, shown in flat lays on Instagram, they are sold […]

How to Lower Waste as a Parent

Simple Ways to Lower Waste as a Parent

As part of our Earth Day series on the podcast, I had the chance to bring in Elana Jadallah of Elanaloo to talk about low waste living. Elana is an activist that is pursuing a low waste lifestyle while living bi-coastally in Hawaii and Maine throughout the year. She has taught me so much about […]

Why You Should Grow a Garden As a Parent

Why And How to Grow A Garden with your Kids This Summer.

With the many demands on us as parents to think about starting a garden with your child may seem like a daunting task, but I will tell you that it may worth the initial effort for the way it eases and connects you and your child. In today’s podcast, I share some ways and ideas […]

Top Tips Before Starting a Garden

Tips to Consider When Starting Your Garden

This season here are the tops tips before starting a garden. That is what spring is all about. So as many of you are debating and planning on what and ultimately WHERE you will put your garden this spring, I wanted to share some tips for how to make sure you find the right spot […]

Garden Tour – Kalin Sheick of Sweetwater Floral

Garden Tour: Kalin Sheick of Sweetwater Floral in Petoskey, Michigan

I am so excited today to welcome Kalin Sheick of Sweetwater Floral in Petoskey, Michigan to the podcast today. You know I am all about the veggies around here, but I also don’t think any veggie patch is complete without flowers! I have learned so much from Kalin over the last few years and she […]

Fresh Exchange Community – All The Details

Fresh Exchange Community Launch

Today on the Fresh Exchange podcast Mike and Megan sat down to discuss everything about the community. You can listen in to get all the info on the community launch and even more on what is ahead and why we have made so many decisions. Listen in through the player below. There was a night […]

Eat Local – 5 Simple and Affordable Ways

Eat Local: 5 Simple and Affordable Ways - Fresh Exchange

For years and years before us, humans have never had to use the word local and eating together, because eating local was just how you ate. Now in our world we can access things year around from around the world. The pandemic made it clear that though these things are nice luxuries it is a […]

How to Start Seeds Indoors

Over the years I have done a lot of trials on how to start seed indoors so I have written a quick guide to help you from lessons I have learned along the way. This isn’t foolproof. Seed Starting is very hard, but as I explain in our podcast this is about turning our attention […]

Garden Tour: Kelsey Johnston of My Simply Simple

Garden Tour in Indiana - Kelsey Johnston of My Simply Simple

Garden Tour with Kelsey of My Simply Simple in Indiana is our next garden tour. We continue today in our garden series to talk to other gardeners all over about what they are doing and growing. The challenges they face and how their garden connects them to the natural world in a far deeper way. […]

What is Seasonal Eating?

What is Seasonal Eating? - The Fresh Exchange

Seasonal Eating is currently a trending conversation and I wanted to sit down and really share why these two words aren’t and shouldn’t be a trend and what it actually is. I have believed for quite some time that the way we shift our climate, our communities, and solve so many issues we are facing […]

Garden Tour with Megan Stubbs in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Garden Tour: Megan Stubbs of Grands Rapids, Michigan

As we begin 2021 and start our gardens one of the things I have wanted to do as we dive into providing a deeper connection into the community here at Fresh Exchange is beginning to share other people’s gardens. I know things about gardening and have my own ways of doing and playing in my […]

How to Thrive in Winter

You can listen to the recording of this podcast below or on Apple for the full episode as well. How are we friends? Just a quick check-in here. Let’s begin by just pausing for a self-scan. Like how are you REALLY doing? I love that moment at the end of a yoga class where you […]