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Lathrup Village Farmers Market kicks off with success

By: Jennie Miller | Southfield Sun | Published May 18, 2011

 Flats and hanging baskets were on display on the front lawn of Lathrup Village City Hall May 11 for the grand opening of the city’s new farmers market.

Flats and hanging baskets were on display on the front lawn of Lathrup Village City Hall May 11 for the grand opening of the city’s new farmers market.

Photo by Jennie Miller

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LATHRUP VILLAGE — Susan Weertz, who lives just a few steps from Lathrup Village City Hall, was among the many who popped by the grand opening of the city’s farmers market the afternoon of May 11.

She had been anticipating its opening, and was thrilled to explore all the market had to offer — including a “spinglini” presented to her by an enthusiastic Vic the Bread Man.

Market patrons like Weertz pored over the many flavors of salsa and jam offered by Ross Farms. They explored the varieties of honey offered by Scott-Tish Bees of Livonia, and checked out the handmade soaps by Ida Belle. Flowers lined the front lawn of City Hall.

Bill Randall of West Bloomfield presented his olive oils, balsamic vinegars and pastas from the Olive Grove in downtown Farmington, even allowing customers to sample tastes of the items.

“It was awesome,” said Lathrup Village City Administrator Jeff Mueller of the first farmers market the city has seen, admitting he didn’t know what to expect before it opened. “I was really surprised at the size of it. There were a lot of people here, and a really nice selection. I’m looking forward to it. It was festive around here, and that was nice to see. And the weather was so beautiful on Wednesday.”

Mueller said he bought four flats of flowers for his home.

“I plan on buying more later,” he said. “They had a nice selection. The whole thing was really great.”

Lathrup Village Mayor Frank Brock was beaming with pride as he wandered from vendor to vendor, interacting with residents and those selling their wares.

Brock said he can’t wait for the heat and sunshine to stick around and allow for fruits and vegetables to make their way to the market in addition to the goods already on sale.

“Everybody wants to know when does all the good stuff come in — the produce and all that,” Brock said with a laugh. “They’re thrilled with all the flowers and the other things, but everyone wants that stuff to hurry up and get here — it can’t get warm enough fast enough to produce that stuff. There’s nothing like locally raised produce.”

He was pleased with the way everything turned out.

“I thought for a brand-new market and our very first day of it, it went really well,” Brock said. “In talking with the growers and stuff that were there and the other vendors, they seemed pleased with the turnout. We had quite a few people come through. I think it was a very successful opening. I think it went really well. People in the community thanked us for doing this. They are really delighted, and people from outside the community popped in as well. So we just need to keep building on that.”
 

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