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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Check out the farmers' market

The Saline Farmers' Market opened last Saturday and saw a big turnout that first weekend. Today I was in Saline early to open The Saline Reporter to the pest control guy, who was spraying for ants, and decided to head over to the market and check it out. There were lots of friendly faces and a variety of agricultural offerings, as well as crafts and a Master Gardener dispensing advice.

A staple of the market, Cheryl and Perry Plouff's dog Bandit was crossing at Michigan Avenue and Ann Arbor Street, pulling a number of the market's offferings behind him in a cart. As I entered the market, I was greeted by Valerie Mann and her husband, who were just leaving. First, I met Adam Ulbin, owner of Stone Hearth Breads, a bakery in Brooklyn. He sells his baked goods every Saturday at farmers' markets in Saline, Chelsea, Adrian and Jackson. It was his second year there and we spoke on video. Unfortunately, there was a problem with my camera and his segment didn't turn out. (If you're reading this Adam, I apologize. Maybe we can shoot it again another time.)

I also met Jeffrey Brown, a beekeeper in Garden City who owns J. Brown Honey Farm. He was there selling honey and various bees wax products. It is Jeffrey's second year at the market. Patty Henes of H & H Harvest represented the Saline contingent at the market. She has been a regular since its inception eight years ago. Both were interviewed as part of my video, which can be viewed on our Web site.

Don't miss the Saline Farmers' Market. It's a community gem, features lots of local produce and goods, and is a great meeting spot to catch up with your neighbors on a beautiful Saturday morning.

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