Miss Michigan (Heather) visits The Repair Cafe

Ok – she was at the art exhibit next door but she wandered through.  She said if she would have known, she would have brought some stuff for us to fix –

The Repair Café will be open again on Sat, March 17, with people ready to fix your broken lamps, electronics, sewing machines, and other items.  (Can’t guarantee Miss Michigan will be back, though.)


Repair Cafe this Saturday – Feb 17

The Transition Marquette County Repair Cafe will be open on this Saturday, Feb 17, from noon to 4PM to handle repairs people bring from home. Repair tools are set up in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center in the basement of Peter White Public Library. Started last spring as an NMU student project, it is now in its second year of operation and is growing steadily, opening on the third Saturday of each month. Volunteer repair talent includes computers/electronics, sewing machine repair and adjustment, small appliances and lamps, clothing repairs, and most anything that can be carried in.

Repair Cafes are free meeting places and they are all about repairing things together. The first Repair Cafe opened in the Netherlands eight years ago. In addition to Marquette, Michigan Repair Cafes are also in Petoskey and Whitehall. Of the 1450 locations in the world, 67 are in the United States. Their purpose is to teach people how to repair their own things so they can save money and resources while diverting items out of the waste stream destined for dumps. The public with items to be repaired, or just their curiosity, are invited to stop in.

Eating on the Wild Side

The Transition Marquette County Reading Group will meet to discuss the book Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson, at 7pm on Thursday, Feb 8, in the Conference Room at Peter White Public Library.

Robinson, a health writer and food activist, begins the book with the question “Where does our food come from?”. Her answer is not “the grocery store” or “the farmers’ market” or even “the farm – local or industrial.” Our foods come from plants that were wild 10,000 years ago, and have been “tamed” and altered over the years, sometimes by serendipitous mutation, sometimes by careful plant breeding at human hands. Again and again we have selected for sweetness, size, ease of preparation, appearance, shelf-life, and transportability. Unfortunately, in most of these changes the nutritional values of the plants have decreased until today they are far less nutritious than the food which kept our ancestors strong and healthy. For each fruit and vegetable, Robinson shows how to choose the most nutritious variety in the supermarket, at the farmers’ market, and for planting in our gardens. (One general rule is to choose the deepest colors.) She goes on to outline the best way to store each item, and even how to prepare them to get the most vitamins, minerals, and antioxidents. For example, waiting 10 minutes after crushing a garlic before heating it in the pan increases its nutritional value. Cooking carrots whole before slicing them is better than slicing and then cooking. She closes each section with a recipe or two designed to get the most out of each ingredient.

Anyone is welcome to join the conversation. It would help to have at least started to read the book, but because of the special subject matter, a list of the “tips” will be available. For more information, call Charlie at 226-3314 or email mqtchaz@gmail.com.

Group Buy for Nutrient-Dense Potatoes

Growing potatoes this year?

While the Seed Co-op is a thing of the past, Transition Marquette County is coordinating a “group buy” of three different varieties of seed potato. They are visually striking – red, blue, and gold with purple skin – but more than that, they have some of the highest micro-nutrient values (vitamin, mineral, and anti-oxidant) of any potatoes available. They are from a company in Wisconsin and are certified organic and disease free. We are ordering them now (by Feb 14th) before they sell out, but they will be delivered to Marquette just in time for planting in May.

We invite you to check out the offerings by clicking on “The 2018 Potato Order” link above, and if they fit into your gardening plans this summer, place an order. We will email you when they come.

If you have questions, email TransitionMarquette@gmail.com  or mqtchaz@gmail.com and we will get back to you.