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      Upper Peninsula Food Exchange sets the table for summits

      The Upper Peninsula Food Exchange is getting set for a series of food summits across the U.P. this week. They're looking to bring together groups interested in working with and maintaining a local, sustainable food system in the U.P. Those involved with the food exchange say the demand for local food is already there.

      "There will be a wide array of issues at the table at the summits; one of them will be on how do we increase the capacity of farms to produce more local food," said Natasha Lantz from the Marquette Food Co-op. "In the Upper Peninsula in the next 10 years, I think the U.P. is, once again, going to be seen as quite an agricultural region."

      The first summit is Tuesday at Dee Stadium in Houghton. Wednesday will be the Central U.P. summit at the University Center on Northern Michigan University's campus in Marquette. The final summit will be Thursday at the Cisler Center at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie. The time for all summits is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the cost is $20.