Farmers market grows in new location

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published June 25, 2015

 Liz Baker, of Southfield, tries homemade Belledine’s BBQ Sauce as Miriam Brown looks on.

Liz Baker, of Southfield, tries homemade Belledine’s BBQ Sauce as Miriam Brown looks on.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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LATHRUP VILLAGE — Driving down Southfield Road on any given Wednesday in the summer, it’s pretty hard to miss the Lathrup Village Farmers Market, thanks to its new location.

The Lathrup Village Farmers Market, located at the Lathrup Village Municipal Complex, 27400 Southfield Road, runs from 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays and is followed by a free concert in the park.

According to Maralee Rosemond, recreation coordinator, the market, a yearly tradition, can now be seen from Southfield Road, dotting the front lawn of City Hall. In previous years, the market has been held away from the road in the complex’s parking lot. 

“We’re still kind of tweaking (the) location,” Rosemond said. “A lot of my vendors have been with me a long time, so we’re still playing with placement, because the big thing is, obviously, we want people to know we’re here.”

This year, Rosemond said, the market features over 30 vendors selling fresh produce, homemade jams, spice blends and personal care items, along with other wares.

The goal of the market is to help residents in the surrounding area gain access to locally grown produce and for local entrepreneurs to gain exposure, according to village officials. 

“Southfield Road is extremely busy, so the word is getting out there,” Rosemond said.

Alisha and Jesse Nemeth, of the Salt & Sugar Co., said it’s their first year at the Lathrup Village Farmers Market. Their business, which strives to provide fresh, local and organic products, started in 2014 and delivers locally. Jesse Nemeth is a former executive chef at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Chicago. Salt & Sugar offers baked treats, boxed lunches and specialty drinks.

Alisha Nemeth said the idea to start their business stemmed from wanting to provide quality food for her family.

“We have a child now, so we wanted to focus on family business,” she said. “Everything is made fresh. Everything is made from scratch. We try to focus on integrity and consistency, and people really love our food.”

Jesse Nemeth said their son, Christian, 3, sometimes pitches in to help the family business.

“He’s very helpful; he’ll let you know the business,” he said. “People are walking by and he’s asking, ‘Do you want a sample?’”

For more information on the Salt & Sugar Co., visit the saltsugar.co.

Khloe Russell, of Southfield, came to the market with her grandma, Mable Sims, of Southfield, to sample local products recently.

“(The market is) a nice opportunity for everybody to get their business out,” Russell said. “It’s good for everybody to get a sample of what’s going on in the community.”

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.

On July 22, which is Family Market Day, those with electronic benefit transfer cards will be given the opportunity to take a short survey. After completing it, they will receive a $5 coupon for the market. If they swipe their EBT card at the market that day, Rosemond said, they will be given another $5 coupon.

Rosemond said the market also 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, if someone spends $10 at the market, they will be given another $10 to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Pint-sized chefs can try their hands at cooking, as the market features a free cooking class for kids.

During the class, attendees shop the market for needed ingredients, and they can learn how to make a different dish each week. Classes begin at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Lunch Café’s tent.

After the market closes at 7 p.m., a free concert is held on the grounds each week. On July 1, TNT Big Band will grace the stage, followed by Sheila Landis on July 8 and Root Doctor on July 15. A complete list of concerts can be found at lathrupvillage.org.

Oct. 21 is the last day that the market will be in session.

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