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Troy debuts new farmers market

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published May 29, 2018

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TROY — You used to have to drive to neighboring communities to shop in an open-air market for fresh produce, plants and bakery items. 

The Troy Farmers Market will open June 1 in the lot of the Troy Public Library. It will kick off with a variety of vendors selling produce, starter plants, meats, seafood, baked goods, honey, jams, jellies and spices. 

There will be food trucks on-site offering Italian ice, kettle corn and freshly squeezed lemonade. They will offer items for those who prefer gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian fare, as well as items for meat lovers. 

“We’re very excited that (vendors) want to come to Troy,” said Cindy Stewart, the city’s community affairs director and farmers market manager. 

She noted that Beaumont Hospital will be on-site once a month to promote healthy eating and to share recipes and information on preventing diabetes. 

Athens High School graduate Neha Paragi started a nonprofit cupcake business, Swirl Cupcakes, after she photographed the cupcakes her sister, Nidhi, then in eighth grade, had baked, then posted the photo on social media. 

“People asked, ‘Where can I buy this?’” Paragi said. “We didn’t really need the money, so we decided to donate it,” she said. Five other students joined Swirl Cupcakes, and it has since grown to 15 students from Athens and the International Academy, East. 

They will donate all of the proceeds from their cupcake sales to the Open Hands Food Pantry and Garden in Royal Oak because “it’s food-related and helps Oakland County residents.” 

Their most popular cupcake varieties are red velvet, cookies and cream, and hot fudge sundae. 

Paragi said she’s perused items for sale at the Royal Oak Farmers Market and at Eastern Market, in Detroit. “I haven’t seen cupcakes,” she said. 

She wanted to bring Swirl Cupcakes to the Troy Farmers Market when she saw that close to 2,000 people said on Facebook that they were interested in shopping at the new venue. 

The market will offer weekly musical entertainment, kids activities, giveaways and a Friends of the Troy Public Library used book sale. 

The market will operate 3-7 p.m. Fridays June 1-Oct. 26 in the parking lot of the Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road. 

The free Big Beaver shuttle will stop there. 

For more information on vendors and entertainment, visit www.troymi.gov/farmersmarket.

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