Lathrup Village Farmers Market boasts party atmosphere

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 30, 2014

LATHRUP VILLAGE — If you enter any given chain grocery store, you’re sure to find fluorescent lights and crowded aisles. At the Lathrup Village Farmers Market, however, you’re sure to find brightly colored tents, fresh produce and live entertainment.

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

The market features fresh produce, and homemade jams, spices 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.

Shoppers can also enjoy the sounds of Detroit-based musician Maggie McCabe during the market, and a free concert by a different group each week immediately afterward.

“We come to buy produce and for the live entertainment,” said Lathrup Village resident Mark Germaine. “We come every week, but if I don’t, I at least try to pop in for the concert at 7.”

The free concert  at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 will feature the Persuasion Band, an eight-piece band that plays top hits from the ’60s to today.

“It just gives it a nicer flair. It’s more fun. We like to have a party,” said Recreation Coordinator Maralee Rosemond.

The farmers market allows families in food assistance programs to get fresh food with the Michigan Bridge Card.

“People who are on food assistance really do want to eat well,” Rosemond said. “It doesn’t mean they want to go to McDonald’s or something and buy a burger. They really do want to eat well.”

Pint-sized chefs also have the opportunity to try their hand at cooking, as the market features a 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 Cafe’s tent.

Oct. 15 will be the last day the market will be in session.