Ken Long, left, and Amanda Herzog, right, hold up small saplings during the Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board’s Earth Day event at the Royal Oak Farmers Market last year.

Ken Long, left, and Amanda Herzog, right, hold up small saplings during the Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board’s Earth Day event at the Royal Oak Farmers Market last year.

Photo provided by Amanda Herzog


Embrace Earth Day at the Royal Oak Farmers Market

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published April 9, 2019

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ROYAL OAK — From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20, the Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board is inviting the public to come out for the board’s third annual Earth Day event on the west porch of the Royal Oak Farmers Market.

The purpose of the event is to promote awareness of simple and fun ways to be more environmentally responsible. There will be activities for kids, demonstrations and a variety of exhibitors.

“It’s just a fun day where people can come and speak to different vendors about environmentally friendly products or how to be more environmentally sustainable,” said Amanda Herzog, chair of the Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board. “There will be a recycled art project and games for kids.”

She said a popular vendor each year is mirainbarrel. Those interested in purchasing a rain barrel can order in advance from the mirainbarrel website, www.mirainbarrel.com.

“The thing with rain barrels is that they collect the rain and then you don’t have to pay for water. It helps in the garden, and it also helps the city in lessening the impact on the water system,” Herzog said. “In big rainfall events, it slows that water from going into the sewer.”

Other exhibitors will include the Sierra Club, Modern Natural Baby, Sullivan Funeral Directors with The Preserve Cemetery, Citizens Climate Change Lobby, the Michigan Department of Transportation, The Office Coffee Shop, Plants for Ecology, DTE Energy and the Time Bank.

Royal Oak Mayor Pro Tem Sharlan Douglas, who sits on the Environmental Advisory Board, said the group is leading the city’s sustainability process.

“Over the course of the next year or so, we’ll be looking at all of the places where the city can save energy across all departments,” she said.

She added that, because of parking limitations, the rain barrel vendor will meet people at the farmers market, and then people will go off-site to pick up their preordered rain barrels. She recommended that visitors park elsewhere and walk to the farmers market due to construction.

With the recent closure of the east lot of the farmers market for the construction of the city’s new Police Department, there are approximately 40 remaining parking spaces.

Parking will be available in the Superior Fish parking lot; along Third Street; and in the Center Street, North Lafayette and South Lafayette parking decks.

Earth Day is officially April 22.

The Royal Oak Farmers Market is located at 316 E. 11 Mile Road, east of South Troy Street.

For more information about the event at the farmers market, email roeab@romi.gov.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.

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