GP Woods starts up farmers market, weekend trolley

By: April Lehmbeck | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 10, 2015


GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Woods is bringing back its popular farmers market after a successful first year last year, and the city has launched a new trolley service this summer, as well.

The farmers market starts June 14 and will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 11.

The market will offer residents a chance to pick up locally grown produce, handcrafted items, jams, jewelry and more. 

“It was very, very successful last year, and we look forward to another successful year this year,” City Administrator Al Fincham said. “We had a large turnout, very positive comments from the residents.”

He called it an example of a program that brings the community together.

A number of vendors have signed on for the farmers market. Last year, Woods Executive Assistant and Market Manager Sue Como said, the city had additional vendors sign on throughout the summer, and she anticipated that more vendors would do the same as this summer progresses.

“It was a huge success last year,” she said of the farmers market. “We’re excited.”

Almost every vendor that came out last year signed on for this year, and the market added a number of new vendors.

A few of the new vendors include Honey Help, Peach Pie Crafts and Birdie’s Something Chocolate.

Organizers are adding events to the farmers market this summer, including a band on one of the days, free yoga on the lawn once a month, and knitting on the lawn on one of the days.

“Everything that is on the lawn is free,” Como said.

Donnie’s Zoo to You will be on hand on one of the days with unique animals.

Another summer program kicked off last week when the trolley took its first turn on Mack Avenue. The trolley will run from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through September.

“On Friday, we had 60 riders,” Fincham said in an email about the trolley’s first night. “Some just rode it to experience it, while others went to dinner. All had positive comments and really enjoyed it.”

On Saturday night, the trolley had more than 170 riders.

“Families stopped off for ice cream, others went to dinner, some even picked up carryouts, and again, all excited about it, many saying they will be back with friends, etc.,” he said. “On four loops on Mack, it was standing room only.”