Going green, one booth at a time

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published September 4, 2013

 The Green Zebra Food Truck parks in Veterans Memorial Park Aug. 24 for the Green Fair.

The Green Zebra Food Truck parks in Veterans Memorial Park Aug. 24 for the Green Fair.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske


ST. CLAIR SHORES — The tents were filled with organic foods, rain barrels, electric bikes and other ways to go green — which, of course, is the point of the Green Fair at Veterans Memorial Park.

“I was really excited to see this was happening close to home,” said Maureen Hermes, of St. Clair Shores, who rode her bike to the fair Aug. 24.

She said, with three children, she tries to be environmentally conscious, but it’s not always easy. That’s why she was excited to learn more about environmental awareness at the Green Fair.

“I think even if your intentions are good, if you’re not intentional, you can end up doing things that are harmful,” she said.

The annual event, now in its fourth year, is sponsored by the St. Clair Shores Youth Council and Cool City Committee. During the day, the vendors and information booths at the Green Fair were doing their best to make it easy to follow good intentions, with members of the Macomb County MSU Extension on hand to discuss friendly gardening techniques, an electric bike vendor there to show people how to reduce carbon emissions while on wheels and even a food truck that strives to be green with its compostable packaging, and vegetarian and vegan food products.

“We were really excited to be asked,” said Katie Berschback, the owner of the Green Zebra Food Truck, which is at Eastern Market in Detroit every Tuesday. “We think it’s really important to support the environment.”

Mary Gerstenberger, consumer horticulture coordinator for MSU Extension, said the fair does a great job of making residents aware of their impact on the environment.

“What they have available in the local community, how they can help,” she said. “It really is important to get people more interested in the environment and how they can help.”

St. Clair Shores resident Laura Nawrocki said she thinks the Green Fair is a step in the right direction for the city.

“It’s kind of showcasing natural things, and I like that the city’s moving toward that,” she said. “It’s a really nice exposure in getting people interested in getting back to nature.”

“It’s important and it’s the way of the future,” agreed Claudia Jolly, of Blue Water Soap. Jolly handcrafts the soap in Howell but grew up in St. Clair Shores. “We need to go green, and we need to recycle, and we need to take care of ourselves.”