Shelby Farmers Market returning with new vendors, yoga

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published April 29, 2015

 Vegetables grown by local farmers sit on display during the Shelby Farmers Market at the historic Packard Proving Grounds during last year’s season. The 2015 season kicks off Saturday, May 9.

Vegetables grown by local farmers sit on display during the Shelby Farmers Market at the historic Packard Proving Grounds during last year’s season. The 2015 season kicks off Saturday, May 9.

Photo provided by Rick Mayer

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Farmers Market will kick off its seventh annual season at the Packard Proving Grounds on Saturday, May 9. The market is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday through October, rain or shine.

Market Manager Mary Anne Demo said the Shelby Farmers Market will host a slew of new vendors and events, as well as bring back some market staples.

Demo said she is excited to welcome a group of five Amish farmers from Mio, Michigan, who will bring locally grown organic produce, grass-fed meats, goat cheese, eggs, maple syrup, honey, baked goods and more.

Doug Henry, who helps facilitate the sale of the Amish farmers’ products, said the farmers have a driver with a trailer who will transport the products to the Shelby Farmers Market, since the Amish themselves travel by horse and buggy.

“They are an old order, among the most conservative, and they do not have electricity or phones or vehicles, so that’s why I facilitate a lot of their electronic (needs),” Henry said. “All their product is not genetically modified, there’s no herbicides or pesticides, and they are USDA certified.”

Other new vendors include Olive Vinegar and Chuck E. Cheese’s, who will provide special kids’ activities at the market each week.

Local yogi Jean Barlow will also make a debut at the farmers market, Demo said, and provide donation-based yoga classes each week at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Macomb Food Program to help feed the hungry.

“We will also be able to accept Snap/EBT benefits, and we’re part of the Double Up Food Bucks program, where shoppers using EBT will get double the amount to spend on fresh, locally grown food products,” she said. “This will really help to stretch their food budgets, plus benefit the local farmers at the market, too.”

Returning vendors, she said, include Ginn Farms, Ziehm Farms, Wildtree, Olive-Seed, Vic the bread man and Chef Kendall Mitchell, who will provide live food preparation demonstrations.

“Local Cub Scout Troop 92 will be selling coffee and doughnuts as a fundraiser in the mornings at the market, so be sure to stop by early while supplies last,” Demo said.

Half of the proceeds from the farmers market will help support the Packard Motor Car Foundation and its volunteers with ongoing renovation and restoration of the historic site.

Volunteers will once again offer free tours of the location. Visitors are asked to meet at the front gates at 11 a.m.

Volunteers will also host a booth this year where shoppers can purchase gift shop items, find out about upcoming events and schedule private events.

The Packard Proving Grounds are located at 49965 Van Dyke Ave., between 22 Mile and 23 Mile roads.

For more information about the Shelby Farmers Market, call (586) 739-4800 or visit www.shelbyfarmersmarket.com.

For more information about the Amish group, visit www.ourfarms2you.com.

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