Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Exciting News!

Have you heard? The Holt Farmers' Market has been awarded a $10,000 grant that will help us create some new ways for customers to enjoy their time at the market. Although the grant covers items like improved signage, on-site compost unit for food and plant waste and a recycling receptacle...the item I am MOST excited about is the Portable Module (3 units) Mobile Demonstration Center. Yes! The market will now be able to do demonstrations of how to cook various foods, how to can produce, and so many more applications. The possibilities are virtually endless. The unit should be up and running in mid to late September. I'll send more details as I get them so stay connected!
     More news: because of the new and exciting things happening at the HFM, I've been told there are openings for several new volunteers to help out. Volunteers due a variety of things; my personal fav is spending a couple hours each Saturday at the market, schmoozing with the vendors, helping customers find what they are shopping for and helping wherever I'm needed. I love the positive vibes at the HFM, and I go home with delicious, fresh food and feeling high on life.
Did I mention fresh flowers as well? Divine Creations, tucked in the back of the bigger building, sells fresh flowers including my personal favorite, hydrangeas. But lots more as well, including wedding flowers and accessories, center pieces...the list goes on and on. Plus, this is the stand where you can pick up FREE coffee.
This week at the market the vendors will be selling Michigan apples, beets, bell peppers, sweet peppers, hot peppers, blueberries, greens, cucumbers as well as small ones for pickling, kale,sweet onions, peaches (probably Red Havens! so juicy and delicious!), potatoes, raspberries rhubarb, some strawberries...yes, the "season" is over, but not for these ever-bearing ones! summer squash, zucchini, winter squash, sweet corn and tomatoes galore! Plus a full line of fresh herbs. So plan your menus and buy fresh. Remember to ask the vendor if the item is locally grown, Michigan grown or from out of state.

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