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Posted on Thu, May 17, 2012 : 3 p.m.

Dixboro Farmers' Market a welcome addition to Ann Arbor's north side

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

There's a new farmers' market in town, starting tomorrow: the Dixboro Farmers' Market

Residents of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti are so fortunate to have access to an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, seedlings, flowers, baked goods, jams and so many other amazing products, made and grown right here in our own area and sold at many outdoor venues throughout the week. And how wonderful to be able to meet the farmers and vendors, make friends with them and support your neighbors by purchasing their fabulous goodies!

The Dixboro Farmers' Market opens Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Village Green next to the Dixboro United Methodist Church.  There is a wide variety of vendors to welcome (with descriptions of their wares found on the market's website):

Agricola: "Agricola's pretzels are crisp and salty outside, yet soft and somehow dense and chewy on the inside.... To eat a soft pretzel in its full god-intended glory is sadly something many people will never engage in.  If you are in or around Dixboro you NEED to try one before you head home for the weekend."

Aurum Naturals: "Carrie began sourcing raw ingredients from independent, small-scale, organic suppliers and developed lip balm and toothpaste recipes. The product line expanded to include bath and hair oil, facial moisturizers, beeswax candles, and organic nut butters in glass jars... with more to come."

Bridgewater Barns: "Using organic biological and ecological principles, these enthusiastic farmers enjoy producing a stellar variety of vegetables, herbs, eggs, and pork. Everything is grown naturally without any chemicals and only certified organic grain is fed to their animals."

Dick's Pretty Good Garlic: "The Dyer Family Organic Farm... was established in 2009 by Dick and Diana Dyer who grow 40+ varieties of organic garlic, including the heirloom varieties Inchelium Red and Lorz Italian, both of which are designated by Slow Food USA for its 'Ark of Taste.'"

Ferris Farms: "Nestled quietly just outside Dixboro village is Ferris Farms.  This modern model of a farm will delight all with their fresh veggies. Although, while their veggies are fabulous, their blueberries and strawberries are legendary. It is wonderful to have great food grown not even two miles from our market."

Our Family Farm, LLC: "Our Family Farm, LLC is located in Manchester...  On their beautiful rolling acres the Hochstetler family farms 40 different types of vegetables, flowers, honey, herbs.  They (also offer) free range chicken and eggs as well as pork ....  Their mission is to produce healthy food and proudly carry the motto: 'Health from the farm, not the pharmacy.'"

Steinhauser Farms: "From beef and pork to potatoes and herbs, Steinhauser Farms is a fixture of edible excellence. All their beef is raised on pastures and fed spent brewer's grain from local breweries. Their Berkshire hogs are also pasture raised on a soybean-free diet, creating the highest quality and best tasting pork available."

This is a wonderful project to unite members of the community and to support farmers, businesses, and entrepreneurs. As the market's website states, it "aims to preserve both the area's agricultural history and foster innovation, while meeting the demands of area residents for additional opportunities to purchase local, fresh food."  

There are farmers' markets throughout Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti on varying days of the week, but this is the first one on the north side of town. When I've told friends in that area about it, they've been thrilled!

So meet me at the market tomorrow!  Whether I'm wandering around schmoozing with the vendors or grabbing a cup of coffee at next door neighbor Moonwinks Cafe (owner Andy Tankanow is one of the Dixboro Market's founding members, and his mother Roberta is a dear friend of mine), be sure to say "hi" and help me welcome this great new venue to our town.
5221 Church Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Fridays - 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Free parking is available in the church parking lot

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Mary Bilyeu writes about her adventures in the kitchen - making dinner, celebrating holidays, entering cooking contests ... whatever strikes her fancy. She is also on a mission to find great deals for her Frugal Floozie Friday posts, seeking fabulous food at restaurants on the limited budget of only $5 per person. Feel free to email her with questions or comments or suggestions:

You should visit Mary's blog — Food Floozie — on which she enthuses and effuses over all things food-related.  And be sure to look for her monthly articles about holiday foods and traditions in the Washtenaw Jewish News.

The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured in this post) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15 and is a wish for all her readers - when you come to visit here, may you always be happy.



Fri, May 18, 2012 : 11:45 a.m.

The question of course is: Is this a one time thing or will it repeat on some sort of a schedule?

Mary Bilyeu

Fri, May 18, 2012 : 12:52 p.m.

The market is scheduled to be held every Friday ....


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 10:49 p.m.

I'm looking forward to this !!! See you there!

Mary Bilyeu

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 11:06 p.m.

Wonderful! I found out about an appointment that will delay me a bit, but I should be there a little after 4 ....

Bertha Venation

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 8:31 p.m.

"Cool Beans." Thanks, Mary.