Shelby Farmers Market returns with weekly food trucks

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published May 15, 2017

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Saturday, May 20, the ninth annual Shelby Farmers Market will once again pop up on the Packard Proving Grounds’ front yard.

The outdoor market will take place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays from May 20 to Oct. 21, rain or shine.

This year, market manager Mary Anne Demo said, the Shelby Farmers Market will feature an emphasis on food trucks, with a portable kitchen on wheels setting up shop at the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each week.

At press time, Demo said only the first week did not yet have a scheduled food truck.

Usual staples at the farmers market include farm-fresh favorites such as eggs, honey, maple syrup, bread, bakery items and more.

“The Amish farmers found that it wasn’t sustainable to come to the farmers market every week — since they don’t drive, they have to hire a driver — but they still really want to sell their products, and so many local people really want them,” Demo said. “We tried to come up with a hybrid mix of the two.”

Marketgoers can join the new Amish co-op for free and special order items through a new once-a-month delivery plan. The farmers market will gather co-op members’ orders by the 15th of each month, accept payment via credit card, and meet Amish vendors from Mio, Michigan, halfway to pick up orders.

Members will receive a monthly email with sales and special announcements. Each order must be a minimum of $100, or $25 for baked goods, and members are welcome to combine orders so long as they are paid for and picked up as one.

Don Ginn, one of the original Shelby Farmers Market vendors, who hails from Capac, will return this year.

“(The Shelby Farmers Market) does get good attendance,” he said. “We try to bring a little bit of everything.”

While it is still early in the year for most produce, Ginn said he will be bringing rhubarb and possibly asparagus — depending on the weather — as well as free-range eggs, raw honey, Amish baked goods and candy, and hand-woven African baskets to the May 20 market.

Later on in the season, he said, he will bring vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, pickles, cucumbers, beets, carrots and onions.

New vendors this year include Autumn Maple, a local artist and owner of Sweet Home Illustration; Z’s Gourmet Oils, a Michigan-based company that makes multipurpose, all-natural oils; Nake Butter, a local, natural peanut butter company and farm; and Walter Hooper, a musician and owner of W.A. Hooper Social Media Management, who will bring advanced music students into the market’s mix of performers.

Upcoming events include the Garden Festival May 27, Dad’s Day June 17, Pet Palooza July 15, Trike-A-Thon Aug. 12, Taste of Shelby Sept. 16 and Harvest Festival Oct. 21.

At 11 a.m. each Saturday, marketgoers can take free tours of the Albert Kahn-designed buildings. At 1 p.m., they can take Packard taxi rides for $5, weather permitting.

Half of the proceeds from the Shelby Farmers Market will help support the nonprofit Packard Motor Car Foundation in its ongoing renovation and restoration of the historic site.

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) 943-5785 or visit www.shelbyfarmersmarket.com.

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