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Posted on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 4:30 p.m.

Officials want new Pittsfield Township farmers market to promote local-level agriculture

By Kody Klein

The Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the establishment of a farmers market to open this summer.

Beginning June 6, the market will be open 2 to 7 p.m. every Thursday, which was decided after feedback from a farmers forum held on March 7.


The market's 40 spaces will be open exclusively to Michigan producers and artisans.

Melanie Maxwell | file photo

Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal said the farmers market will help to realize some goals of the township's master plan by promoting local-level agricultural economic activity.

"I think it’s a great idea," said Patricia Scribner, the township treasurer. "I’ve been over to the one in Saline and I always wondered when we would actually have one. This is going to be very exciting for Pittsfield."

The market will have 40 individual 10-by-10-foot spaces that Michigan producers and artisans can rent for the seasonal rate of $50. Most of those spaces will be reserved for food vendors, but eight will be open to vendors of other items.

Grewal said Joan Reed will be helping the township plan the market. Reed has experience with farmers markets, having managed one in Dearborn.

The township is accepting applications for a manager for the market to work 10 to 15 hours per week and would be considered a temporary township employee, earning $18 per hour.

"We would like to square that away in the next couple of weeks," Grewal said.

Grewal said all information about the farmers market, including an application for the manager position, will be available on the township's website by Friday.

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Basic Bob

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 10:10 p.m.

Scribner is the township treasurer. Are there any instances of actual debate or dissent in Pittsfield? All votes are unanimous and the meetings unnaturally brief, as if having a board meeting is a mere formality.


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 11:19 p.m.

That's because Pittsfield is very good at reaching out to its homeowners and has a strong understanding of what is needed and wanted. The lack of controversy is a huge compliment to a well run organization. Ann Arbor can only dream about what this is like.

Kody Klein

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 10:46 p.m.

Thanks for pointing that out.


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 10:38 p.m.

Sounds just like prince john and his merry band in OZ....