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Farmers market to open on schedule Saturday

By
JACKIE KOCH

Last year’s precautions delayed the start of Tecumseh’s Farmers Market until June, but this year the market will be right on schedule with opening day set for Saturday, May 22 and the return of most of the event’s regular features at the Market on Evans, 213 N. Evans St.

“I’m super excited. It’s going to be a good season,” said Market Manager Jessica Stretch of the Tecumseh Area Chamber of Commerce. She said current guidelines through the Michigan Farmers Market Association prohibit certain activities at markets right now, but everything else, including vendor sales, music performance, and food truck presence, is a go for Saturday.

There will be three full-time food trucks at the market this weekend and on every Saturday throughout the season, which extends to October 9. This week the food truck options will include Double T Foods with sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, soda and water; Sweet Susie’s Food Truck with salads, sandwiches, French fries, desserts and breakfast sandwiches; and Tecumseh Brewing Company’s Truck D & Flavor Flav with breakfast burritos.

Stretch said she currently has 22 full-time vendors who plan to sell their wares at the market each week, and six vendors who will be present some weeks. Several vendors previously involved with the market will return and there are many new vendors, as well.

Returning vendors include Cambridge Cheese Company with fresh cheese curds, fried cheese curds, butter, and pepper jack cheese; Miller’s Vegetables selling produce, scarves, and woven towels; SpecialTee Prints & Pets with pet accessories, printed and embroidered apparel; and Jilly Dog 4 Fibers with hand-woven and custom-dyed kitchen towels and scarves as well as watercolor note cards and greeting cards. Mel’s Flower Farm, LLC will bring fresh and dried flowers; Paper Street Soap will have soaps, beard oils, sanitizer, and bath bombs; Flo’s Bakery will provide baked goods; and Macon Creek Honey will offer honey, honey mustard, and candy.

In addition, S&S Family Fresh Produce will have produce, popcorn, sunflowers and wheat bundles throughout the season; Wojcik Farms will have fresh produce, sunflowers and honey; Taylor Farms will sell beef, chicken, eggs, veggies, soap, and potted plants; Sweet Baker will bring homemade pies, fudge and cookies; and Ashdown Acres Family Farm will sell pasture-raised pork, raw local honey, and free range chicken eggs. Anthro Apothecary will offer herbs, teas and bath salts, while TLS Quilting & Embroidery’s blankets, table runners, aprons, potato bags, and kitchen towels, BeeBarn Creations’ (formerly Lucky Acres,) jams, jelly, hair bows, hand sanitizer cases, lip balm, maple syrup, hickory nuts, produce, popcorn, dip mix, and hooded towels, and Kapnick’s Orchards’ baked goods, produce, and nut butters will round out the returning vendor list.  

The new full-time vendors are Jimmie Garland with jam, salsa and pickles; Jennifer Klekamp with home-baked cookies and cupcakes; Scott & Nina’s Produce with produce, cut flowers, and shiitake mushrooms; Dillingham Farm with herbs, herb rubs, starter plants, meal worms, and dried and live and plant containers; and myPlantTerra with houseplants, heirloom herbs, and plant-related items.

Another returning market feature is a full slate of musicians for the season. “There will be music every weekend,” Stretch said. “The season is booked up for that.” This weekend’s entertainment will be provided by singer-songwriter J. Washburn Gardner, who will play from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

There is one more spot open for a vendor in the covered barn structure at the market, and one of the market sheds is open, as well. There is also the option for additional sellers to set up tents in the grassy area in the middle of the Market on Evans site.

Specific details for what vendors may sell at the market, as well as an online application, may be found at tecumsehsfarmersmarket.com. For more information, email the chamber at office@tecumsehchamber.org or call 423.3740.

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