By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR – After last year’s successful re-opening, the Beaumont-sponsored Taylor Farmer’s Market kicked off the 2016 season Friday at the Sheridan Open Air Pavilion in Heritage Park.
City officials said the market had been missing from the community calendar for three years before re-launching in 2015. Nearly 15,000 visitors shopped at up to 35 vendor booths during the weekly market, which was joined by special events and theme weeks.
The market will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 2, with the exception of June 24 when the Taylor Summer Festival takes over the Pardee Road park.
Market Manager Thom Oullette said “theme weeks” will continue this year, ranging from Summer Safety Fun to a car wash, Healthy Taylor Walk events and a baseball-themed day to coincide with the Junior League World Series in July.
“We want people to enjoy visiting the market,” Oullette said in a statement. “We want our vendors to enjoy their experience.”
Beaumont will again team with Healthy Taylor to encourage sensible eating and lifestyle habits, with physicians joining the “community walks” that begin at noon June 10, and with community outreach on various topics.
More than 30 vendors have signed on for the 2016 season so far, and city officials said more will likely follow. Interested vendors are asked to contact the city at 734-374-1450 for information.
Residents interested in learning more about the Healthy Taylor programs are asked to contact Ruth Sebaly at 313-412-0567.
(James Mitchell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)