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Posted on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 : 3:09 p.m.

Free Depot Town Strawberry Showcase Saturday in Ypsilanti

By Jessica Webster


Depot Town Farmers Market manager Dayna Sprental and Think Local First executive director Ingrid Ault.

Courtesy photo

Strawberry lovers will be flocking to Ypsilanti on Saturday afternoon for a self-guided walking tour through the Depot Town area. Local business association Think Local First is holding the first annual Strawberry Showcase at four local businesses from 11 am until 2 pm.

The tour kicks off at the Depot Town Farmers Market, where participants can sample strawberry shortcake and pick up their official Strawberry Showcase map and "passport." The passport will be validated at each of the four participating local business stops, and then turned in for an opportunity to win prizes.

Other stops on the showcase are Harvest Kitchen (32 E. Cross St.), where people can sample strawberry salsa, Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory chips and other tasty treats from Locavorious; the Ypsilanti Food Co-op (312 River St.), offering strawberry cheesecake and Sandhill Crane Vineyards' Strawberry wine; and The Corner Brewery (720 Norris), whose popular Strawberry Blonde beer (as well as strawberry soda for the younger set) will be on offer.

Ingrid Ault, executive director of Think Local First, dreamed up the idea with Harvest Kitchen's Mary Wessel-Walker.

"I've always wanted to do something with strawberries," said Ault. "Everybody loves strawberries, and this is a way to celebrate them while introducing people to Depot Town and some of the Think Local First food-based businesses."


greg, too

Sat, Jun 16, 2012 : 4:27 p.m.

So they thought of this without even knowing that the 30+ year strawberry festival in Belleville that is going the same weekend? Crazy coincidence, eh?


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 2:34 a.m.

I know there will be some locally-grown strawberries for sale at the Co-Op and the Farmer's Market. And the Co-Op is going to have a sale on Strawberry Blonde as well.


Thu, Jun 14, 2012 : 8:31 p.m.

Um, I hope there will be actual strawberries to eat, too? (no mention in article... only, salsa, and beer....)

Ingrid Ault

Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 2:03 p.m.

Yes, there will be strawberry cheesecake and strawberry shortcake, for free and just plain strawberries will be available at the Depot Town Farmers Market and Ypsilanti Food Coop for a fee. Come on down for the fun!