Fruits, veggies coming to town

Photo courtesy of the city of Taylor

Photo courtesy of the city of Taylor

Shoppers browse the freshly grown offerings of vendors at a last year’s Taylor Farmers Market.

Taylor market moves to Fridays
TAYLOR —The Taylor Farmers Market moves to a new day and opens for the season on Friday in the parking lot of the Sheridan Community Center, 12111 Pardee Road, between North Line and Goddard roads.

In response to requests from last year’s marketgoers, the market will open one hour earlier and now will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The weekly market will be open each Friday throughout the season. Vendors will sell Michigan-grown produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, smoked meats and other items.

On opening day, well-known Taylor artist Leo Kuschel will paint scenes from the market.

The market debuted last year to more than 15,000 customers and dozens of vendors. While almost all of last year’s vendors are returning, there also will be new vendors, musicians, special events and occasional visits from artists.

The market enjoyed the sponsorship of many local businesses and individuals in 2009. To become a weekly market sponsor or a vendor, or to receive more information, contact market master Shirley Moore at

For more information call (734) 284-6999.

Photo by Dan Drotar

Photo by Dan Drotar

Area residents check out a table of fruits and vegetables at a Third Friday farmers’ market last year.

Wyandotte market debuts Thursday
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WYANDOTTE – Anyone looking to get outdoors, see the downtown area and get some healthy grocery shopping done can now do all three at once at the city’s first regular farmers’ market Thursday.

Third Friday events have offered area residents a farmers’ market once a month for nearly two years. But organizers are excited about the possibilities of the new, larger Downtown Farmers’ Market will take place at Maple Street and Biddle Avenue from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays June 17 through Sept. 16, excluding July 8 during the Wyandotte Street Art Fair.

“It’ll be much bigger and much more comprehensive. Some of the same people will be there,” said Brandon Wescott, Downtown Development Authority director. “I think it gives local vendors an opportunity to come downtown and make some money. It’ll bring people down here to the downtown.”

The DDA brought in Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency to organize the markets.

“They’re the experts in doing it,” Wescott said. “We want to see just how successful a farmers’ market in downtown Wyandotte will be.”

A farmers’ market typically brings in local farmers, gardeners and handcrafters from across the state to sell home-grown fruits and vegetables, as well as handmade jewelry and household decorations.

“My goal is I hope we get good vendors here. From what I can tell, it’s looking pretty strong,” Wescott said. “I want to have a good relationship with Wayne Metro. I want the vendors to be successful and I want the public to enjoy it.”

Wescott also said he hopes to see the weekly event grow and become a regular part of Wyandotte for years to come.

“Once people go out there and check it out, the strongest (advertising) is word of mouth,” he said. “The Thursday date is going to be good, and hopefully folks can come to rely on it.”

(Contact Chris Jackett at