Farmers market opens for season May 30

DEARBORN — The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce Farmers and Artisans Market will open for the season May 30.

The market, in the parking lot behind Bryant Public Library and DACC office, 22100 Michigan Ave., will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays — except July 4 — through Oct. 17.

Besides past vendors of flowers, baked goods, jewelry and wooden crafts, the market will offer new vendors of many types including wineries with wine tasting, olive oil, and assorted teas. Opening day will feature engaging activities for all visitors, plus a free reusable shopping bag courtesy of PostNet Dearborn to the first 250 visitors.

Events for opening day will include a Dueling Chefs presentation from Dorsey Schoolsat 10:15 a.m., a Detroit Farm & Garden Workshop at 11 a.m., a Pewabic Pottery demonstration at noon, a Fairlane Club sushi demonstration at 1 p.m. and an ice carving display by the Henry Ford College Ice Carving Club. Free blood pressure checks from Oakwood Healthcare Inc. will be available throughout the day.

The day’s events also will include live entertainment by local jazz group John Smith & Da’Ja. Food trucks also will be on site, including The Shimmy Shack, Treat Dreams, Binky’s Hot Dogs, Concrete Cuisine and Pazzalolo’s Gelato.

“I am thrilled about the added activities and special attractions at our 2014 Farmers & Artisans Market, particularly those that are scheduled for our grand opening on May 30,” DACC President Jackie Lovejoy said. “These activities are a perfect and exciting complement to our carefully selected vendors who will be selling seasonal Michigan produced farm products and baked goods, cheeses, meats, art, soaps, salsas, jams and jellies, and woodworking products.

“As in previous years, local grade school teachers will bring students to the market for class projects, to learn money management, and the importance of healthy foods.”

The market will introduce new vendors during the 2014 season, and will continue to provide a mix of children’s activities, sponsor tents with clinics and screenings as well as special appearances and chef demonstrations. The market also will continue to offer its Double Up Food Bucks EBT program for qualified participants as well accept WIC Project Fresh coupons and Bridge cards.

For more information call 313-584-6100 or go to www.dearbornareachamber.org, www.dearbornfarmersartisansmarket.com or www.facebook.com/DearbornFarmersArtisansMarket.

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