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Posted on Sat, Sep 7, 2013 : noon

Locally-grown food, drink and music on the menu at annual HomeGrown Festival tonight

By Roger LeLievre


People try different types of tomatoes at the tomato tasting during the fifth annual Home Grown Festival at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market in 2012.

The sixth annual HomeGrown Festival, a community event celebrating the best of the region’s locally-grown food, drink, music and more, runs Saturday evening at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.

Rest assured, there will be plenty to eat, with chefs committed to cooking with seasonal, local food offering small-plate portions priced from $1-$7. Spirits (beer, wine, mead and kombucha) will be available to taste, and there will be many chances to meet the people who make up this region's large locally-grown food community. Trust us: They’ll be happy to answer any questions.

Project Grow Community Gardens will also bring more than 50 varieties of heirloom tomatoes to taste, from Snow White to Aunt Ruby's German Green to Black Zebra. In addition, the Dyer Family Organic Farm will showcase a tasting selection of up to a dozen different garlic varieties. The Slow Food Huron Valley Great Lakes Heirloom Project will showcase over 30 heirloom vegetables that have been grown in this region for more than 60 years.

There will also be music: Wire in the Wood, Chris Good & The Sweet Insurrection, and Nadir will play, starting at 6 p.m.

Organizers estimate 4,500 people attended last year, proving interest in sustainable local food is high. Bring your appetites.

The Sixth Annual HomeGrown Festival will be held at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St., Saturday, Sept. 7, from 6-10 p.m. More information:



Sun, Sep 8, 2013 : 4:12 p.m.

It was really great last night. There was a good mix of people of all ages, the vendors were happy and informative, and the food was interesting. The raw garlic tasting from Dyer farms and the variety of unusual fruits and vegetables were my favorite.


Sat, Sep 7, 2013 : 9:57 p.m.

Wish I could've come! Sounds awesome!