Community farmers market opens this weekend with local flair

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published July 7, 2015

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CLAWSON — The community once again will define the word “local” when it opens its annual farmers market this weekend.

The 2015 Clawson Farmers Market season will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sundays from July 12-Sept. 27 at Clawson City Park. The market will not open on Labor Day weekend.

The market has fresh fruits, vegetables, flora, food and gifts, but what makes this community’s market unique is its local angle.

“That’s what makes Clawson special,” said market co-organizer Mayor Penny Luebs. “Utilizing all the gifts and strengths of our own residents.”

The July 12 market will kick off the season with entertainment by resident and disc jockey Sean Nasrey from Thatsmyjam DJ Service, and a live performance from local band Mental Health Day.

Local vendors will include farmers, bakers and others. Shoppers may browse through a selection of sauces, fish, dog biscuits and jewelry.

“We should have a nice turnout, and we’re looking forward to everyone being there,” said Market Master Jerry Garrett.

“We’re going to have all the produce as it comes in over the year,” Garrett said. “So as it comes in, we will definitely have it and it’ll be nice and fresh.”

A new item this year is the introduction of weekly themes. Upcoming market themes include food day, animal day, bike safety and children’s day, dance day, Scouts day, and sports day.

The themed days will include attractions like square dancing, kids’ theater, a petting zoo and cooking classes.

Luebs said that City Park is the right place for the friendly, casual gathering.

“We have access to green areas for our themed events, space for vendors, free parking, picnic tables to eat and rest at, along with public restrooms,” she said. “We provide music, access to fresh fruit and vegetables, and an enjoyable way to spend a morning.”

Market visitors are invited to walk or bike in the park. The farmers market is pet friendly.

Luebs said the market is supported by many community groups that often make appearances and provide tables of information.

For more information, visit the Clawson Farmers Market on Facebook.

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