Farmers Market, Food Truck Fridays return

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published May 10, 2017

 Alex Haack, of Haack’s Greenhouse, shows off a colorful plant at last year’s market.

Alex Haack, of Haack’s Greenhouse, shows off a colorful plant at last year’s market.

File photo by Deb Jacques

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Some details have been tweaked, but the annual summertime staple in the village is back. 

Returning May 10, the Lathrup Village Farmers Market this year has changed locations. 

Formerly held at  Lathrup Village City Hall, 27400 Southfield Road, the market now takes place on the tennis court at Annie Lathrup School, 27700 Southfield Road.  

The market will run 1:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 18. 

Lathrup Village Parks and Recreation Coordinator Trina VanderArk said that organizers are also doing away with the small, multicolored tents of years past and are moving on to a large white tent at the new location. 

The changes are an effort to make the market more visible to passers-by, she said, and to accommodate for more vendors. 

This year, the market is adding 10 new vendors to the mix, VanderArk said. Each week, around 30 vendors will be selling their goods — ranging from fresh, local produce and meat to fashion items and sweets, she said. 

The new tent will also help combat the weather, VanderArk said, whether it’s raining or sweltering. 

“It rained or stormed every Wednesday last year, and I know it was kind of a hassle putting up the tents. This way it’s in one big area, and we have sidewalls on the tent. So if it’s raining a little bit or there’s a passing shower, we don’t have to pack up,” VanderArk said. “We have a lot of specialty vendors, like candy and sweets, that’ll melt in the heat. The vendors like the idea of being under a big tent because there will be plenty of shade so their product won’t spoil.”

Attendees can expect vendor offerings to change with the changing seasons, VanderArk said, providing a variety of different produce for shoppers to enjoy. 

“Everybody will find something here that they will need or want. Lathrup Village is a great little village for the family, and we have something to offer to everybody,” she said. “It’s a fun, laid-back atmosphere, and kind of just a good place to chill with the family and spend some good family time.”

Sean Kammer, assistant city administrator and Downtown Development Authority executive director, said the event will help bring people to the city. 

“It’s a great program to get goods and products made by these vendors conveniently to our residents. It’s a great way for residents to engage in our little downtown center,” Kammer said. “We don’t really have a typical downtown, and a way to supplement that is through our farmers market. People come from all over the region, and it has a great reputation.”

Not only does the market take cash, credit card and debit card purchases, it also allows families in food assistance programs to get fresh food with the Michigan Bridge Card. 

In a previous report, organizers said the market participates in the Double Up Food Bucks program, in which residents with the Michigan Bridge Card can double their money on purchases at local farmers markets. For example, people who spend $10 at the market will be given another $10 to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables. Purchases will be matched up to $20. 

After the market closes at 7 p.m., a free concert will be held on the grounds each week June-August. 

Village officials are also inviting residents to the tennis court at Annie Lathrup School 6-9 p.m. Fridays to enjoy music, the park and dinner for Food Truck Fridays.