City’s farmers market deemed a success

TAYLOR — The Taylor Farmers Market has hit its stride, organizers say, growing its numbers of vendors and satisfying a steady stream of customers since opening in June.
The outdoor market is at the west entrance to Heritage Park, outside the Sheridan Community Center, 12111 Pardee Road, between North Line and Goddard roads.
The market is open from noon to 7 p.m. each Wednesday. Organizers hope to operate the market weekly through at least mid-October.
Shirley Moore, a member of the Farmers Market committee, said the number of farmers has grown to 19, who provide a variety of produce, plants and other edibles. And more are expected.
She said organizers were pleased with the opening week turnout of 1,100 shoppers – and that’s been the lowest turnout to date. The peak turnout exceeded 1,500 visitors.
Moore, who is nutrition program manager for Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, said many shoppers arrive even before noon, but are not allowed in until the starting time. She said there typically is a lull at about 3 p.m., which is a good time to shop when crowds are smaller.
“The market is doing what we hoped it would do,” Moore said. “The survey said people wanted it. We’re really pleased with it. Even when it’s overcast outside, they still come.
“The vendors are really pleased. They’re making a profit and they’re doing well.”
Moore praised the members of the organizing team. She said customers are surveyed when they leave and are asked for suggestions.
She also thanked the local businesses and clubs that have supported the market through sponsorship. Sponsors get their names on the Community Center marquee and receive a sponsor tent right next to the Wayne-Metro tent.
Visitors also seem to enjoy the entertainment, Moore said. Last week, “The Used Magician” performed card tricks and other slight of hand magic. This week, there was a musician.
Moore said organizers always are accepting applications from farmers and entertainers; they also always are seeking sponsorships.
Vendors “have to be either a farmer or have enough produce so you’re there every week,” she said. “We want vendors there every week. Customers have their favorites.
“They find the people they’re comfortable with. And, of course, you have to grow in Michigan.”
Sponsorships cost $150; sponsors’ names are placed on the marquee in front of the community center.
To participate, farmers, volunteers and sponsors should call Moore at Wayne Metro at (313) 843-2550.

Following is a list of current Taylor Farmers Market vendors:
● All Sisters Bakery of Redford – cookies (including free samples), breads, sugar-free carrot cake and other baked goods.
● Avalon Bakery – baked goods.
● Big Mama’s Southern Kitchen of Redford – catfish nuggets, fried chicken, barbecue rib tips, peach cobbler, banana pudding and sweet potato pie.
● Bogie’s Hot Dogs of Redford – hot dogs, veggie dogs and Polish sausage.
● Chai Vang Family Farm of Capac – a variety of Asian vegetables, including bok choy, plus cut flowers.
● Dragonflies Junior Garden Club of Taylor – garden-related projects.
● Fusilier’s Family Farm of Manchester – farm produce and nursery stock.
● Gaier Farms of Armada – flowers in hanging baskets and in-season produce.
● Greystone Farm and Creamery of Chelsea – handcrafted cheese, yarn and soap.
● Gricer’s Ice Cream of Sterling Heights – old-fashioned ice cream treats.
● Hoffman’s Honey of South Rockwood – honey and bees wax candles.
● Julie DeMeulenaere of Romeo – produce, ever-bearing strawberries and apples.
● Kettle Corn of Michigan (of Wyandotte) – fresh, flavored kettle corn.
● Pallet Gardens – turkey legs, barbecue and smoked.
● Pallet Gardens of Belleville – relishes, pumpkin stew, ribs, chicken, sauces.
● Ray’s Prime Foods of Taylor – beef jerky, smoked chicken and ribs, as well as sauces and marinades.
● Used Magician (of Wyandotte) – performs card tricks and sleight of hand magic.
● Vandalia Farms – Cornelius blueberry bushes, produce.
● Vinewood Bakery of Wyandotte – baked goods.
● White Dragon Essentials of Detroit – vegan products.
● Zilke Vegetable Farm of Milan – vegetables and produce.