Farmers Market aims for bigger, better year

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – Those waiting for the first weekend of the city’s new-and-improved Farmers Market will have to be a little more patient.

This year’s weekly events will begin in June – not May as in previous years – but organizers said plenty of upgrades and new developments will be worth the wait.

Entering its 10th season, the Lincoln Park Farmers Market will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday beginning June 5 and run through October at the corner of Fort Street and Southfield Road.

This year’s market will benefit from a $15,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to boost marketing and advertising for the event, which has been managed since 2007 by the nonprofit Friends of the Lincoln Park Market. The organization – a member of the Michigan Farmers Market Association – aims to provide local produce, flowers, plants, specialty food items and crafts. Michigan Bridge Cards and Double-Up Food Bucks are accepted.

City Councilman Chris Dardzinski, president of the Friends of the Lincoln Park Farmers Market, said the weekly event is key part of efforts to revitalize the city’s downtown and business community.

Opening day events will include a plant exchange in partnership with the Downriver Butterflies Facebook group, and special events and theme days will continue throughout the summer.

The market remains open to vendors and volunteers alike. For information on taking part in the market call 313-427-0443 or contact the board via email at lpfm@inbox.com.

(James Mitchell can be reached at james.a.mitchell37@gmail.com.)