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To market, to market, to buy fresh fish, flowers, cheese, fruit and more


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              Photos by Liz Cezat, City of Northville
The Farmers' Market in Northville, held Thursdays from May 5 to Oct. 27 on the northwest corner of 7 Mile and Sheldon, draws shoppers of all ages to feast their eyes on the colorful array of produce, flowers and hand-crafted items, and purchase farm-fresh items for their households.

Shoppers can buy apples, zucchini and lettuce in one armload and then shop for gifts or fun personal items, such as fabric purses, artwork, and dried flower arrangements. If you come to the market hungry, there’s a small food court with fresh-squeezed lemonade, hot dogs, polish sausage and kettle corn. Or you can purchase food to go, including U.P. pasties, salsa, fresh baked items and homemade jam.

The Northville Farmers’ Market features more than 70 stalls of Michigan-made and Michigan-grown products. “A typical market day, which runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., draws 1,000 to 2,000 people,” said Jody Humphries, director of the Northville Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the market.

“Between the mums, corn stalks, bales of hay, produce and fall decorations, fall is one of the market’s busiest times of the year,” she said. “Spring is always the busiest from our flower sales, but the fall is a close second.”

Kris Dowdy, of South Lyon, comes for the fresh fish – caught in Lake Michigan and sold by DNS Fish Supply of Hubbard Lake, Mich. She also likes the flowers and tomatoes.

Vendors are charged $35 for the day or $325 for the season for one 10x10 space. The vendors say they do well at the market … not only are they making sales, they are engaging with and educating their customers about their purchases. They may talk about how to cook a certain item or about farming methods used for organically grown produce.

Dennis Rymarz, who sells apples and other produce for Fusilier’s Family Farm and Greenhouse, says, “The market is phenomenal. You know it’s good when people keep coming back.”

In the summer, there are cooking demonstrations by area restaurateurs. Throughout the season in the morning, visitors can ask a master gardener about plant identification, gardening and landscaping.

“The Farmers' Market is a great community event,” said Northville Mayor Ken Roth. “It blends shopping with socializing and has become an iconic event over the years. The Chamber does a great job with it. The market draws people from Northville and surrounding areas – everyone seems to love it because they keep coming back.”

Parking is available on-site and also across the street at Northville Downs.

For more information about the market and vendors, visit the Chamber’s Market page.

 

 

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