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PHOTO RELEASE: Director McDowell Kicks Off Food & Agriculture Month by Touring Lansing’s Old Town Local Businesses & Unveils Michigan Agriculture Magazine

Cravings Popcorn Owner Chad Jordan featured on this year’s cover

LANSING, MI - Today, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Department Director Gary McDowell celebrated March being Food & Agriculture Month by unveiling the cover of Michigan Agriculture Magazine featuring Cravings Popcorn Owner Chad Jordan. The director also toured local businesses and restaurants be found throughout Old Town in Lansing. McDowell continues to travel across the state of Michigan to meet with food and agricultural businesses as they advance during Michigan’s economic recovery.

“Throughout March, MDARD will have several opportunities for Michiganders to learn more about how the food and agriculture industry interacts with every aspect of our daily lives,” said McDowell. “I’m incredibly proud to highlight the hardworking men and women like Chad who make up the firm foundation of this important sector of our economy. He is not only a local business owner but is also an essential part of his community like so many other small business owners throughout Michigan.”

2022 Michigan Agriculture Magazine cover

Cravings popcorn is a small batch craft gourmet popcorn company that prides itself on creating top-notch premium gluten-free and nut-free popcorn flavors. Cravings focuses on popping with hot air and transitioning all recipes to hot air popped popcorn.

“It's a tremendous honor to be featured on the cover of this year’s Michigan Agriculture magazine,” said Jordan. “I’m proud to be able to help represent some of the best the state’s food and agriculture has to offer.”

Meat BBQ prides themselves on creating a laid-back atmosphere that features friendly and knowledgeable staff, along with freshly made from scratch food and drinks. All cocktails and drinks feature homemade fresh juices. Meat will serve customers until they run out of product for the day, so they encourage individuals to come experience their restaurant early in the day.

The Old Town General Store offers the warmth of a traditional general store with a progressive approach to foods and customer care and an emphasis on Michigan-themed and produced products whenever possible. They proudly feature all creative Michigan-based vendors.

Old Town Lansing has become known as Lansing's cultural and creative district. The Old Town community offers unique experiences through special events, incredible people, eclectic shops, and rich history. The buildings within Old Town are beautifully restored for residents and businesses of all backgrounds.


MDARD Director Gary McDowell unveils Michigan Agriculture Magazine

Cravings Popcorn Owner Chad Jordan

MDARD Director Gary McDowell tours Cravings Popcorn

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Old Town General Store