Warren grows bountiful farmers markets

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 30, 2015


WARREN — You’ll find more than just fresh produce, healthy activities and good times this summer at Warren’s weekly farmers market at City Square. You’ll also find a sense of community.

“Our motto is we’re creating a family community with people, parks and programs,” Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman said. “I can’t think of anything better than coming out to a farmers market where you’re going to see tons of people. We’re going to have tons of programs going on there, and City Square is one of the best parks around.”

The market at City Square runs weekly on Sundays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and will continue through Oct. 18. That’s where you’ll find morning yoga and fitness classes for kids at 9:30 a.m., “music at the market,” weekly crafts for kids and cooking demonstrations.

New this year, Bowman said, will be a rotation of food vendors. On the second Sunday of the month, it’ll be the DelectaBowl food truck; on the third Sunday, it’ll be Hungry Howie’s; and on the fourth Sunday, market-goers can enjoy the multi-sensory goodness of the Victory Smokehouse.

Plans for the first-Sunday food vendor rotation were still being finalized at press time, Bowman said.

Other activities scheduled throughout the summer include walks, balloon animals and magic tricks with Rosco the Clown.

“Farmers markets are a gathering place,” Bowman said. “People come out to them, and you can’t think of a better gathering place than City Square. With the fountain and the live music, it’s just a really nice place to come on a Sunday. That’s why I call it your Sunday destination.”

Looking for a mid-week destination? Beginning July 18, the city will host another farmers market at the Owen Jax Recreation Center, on Nine Mile east of Van Dyke, from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday evenings through Sept. 24.

Bowman said the city has taken steps this year to draw patrons from all parts of the city. Because people have choices — there are many farmers markets to choose from — staff members have been working on a weekly ZIP code survey to learn who’s coming to the market and from where. They survey about 100 people each week.

One of the frequent market patrons is Mayor Jim Fouts, who shops weekly for farm-fresh eggs and tomatoes.

“I’m very impressed with the farmers market. I try to go every Sunday morning after I jog,” Fouts said. “I don’t think people are aware of this great little gem we have in our city.”

For more information about Warren’s farmers markets, visit the Parks and Recreation page on the city’s website at www.cityofwarren.org or call (586) 268-8400.