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Posted on Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 10:24 a.m.

New Saline indoor farmers market will offer produce throughout the winter

By Lisa Allmendinger


Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell buys apples from Jason Sutherland of Kapnick Orchards at the city's new indoor farmers market.

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Cheryl Plouff is a regular at several of Saline’s farmers markets and says she loves shopping at a new indoor market, located inside a hallway of Liberty School, on Saturdays.

“I stop by here every Saturday, and I have been shopping farmers markets for four years,” she said. “I know my vendors and I let them pick it (produce) out once I tell them when and how I plan to use it.”


Jennifer Kangas of Capella Farm of Lodi Township at her booth at the Saline winter indoor farmers market.

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Plouff, who says she’s known around town as the lady with the dog and cart, said she eats seasonally. “If spinach is in season, I eat spinach.”

She said she chooses farmers markets because “the product is handled less. It’s fresher and I’m supporting local people.”

Plouff was asking Edward D. Dietrich of Green Valley Farms of Gregory to help her with potatoes and onions on a recent Saturday.

Dietrich, a full-time farmer, said he raises produce on 15 of his 138 acres for several local farmers markets. The farm has been in business for 50 years, he said.

Saline Market Manager Nancy Crisp said the new, larger indoor market means that local vendors and residents are now able to purchase locally grown and made products throughout the year at three locations in Saline, which vary by the time of year.

“We’ll go through April here, and then go back outside,” she said referring to the Saturday and Tuesday markets that take place outside in two locations in Saline.

The indoor market, located at Liberty School, 7265 Saline Ann Arbor Road, has free parking and is open from 9 a.m. to noon through the end of April.

It will also be open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, Crisp said.

At the recent grand opening of the indoor market, there were 32 different vendors, Crisp said, selling everything from produce to artwork. She expects that number to hold steady throughout the winter.

“There’s an abundance of produce,” she said, including eggs, apples, maple syrup, vegetables, local cheese and bread, fresh roasted coffee, seasonal greens, baked goods and candy as well as hand-crafted items.


Apple sauce from Nemeth Farms of Milan.

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“We’re excited to have a year-round market with so many local farmers and vendors,” said Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell, adding, “It’s a great opportunity to support local entrepreneurs. There are a lot of creative products, plus fresh local greens all winter long. “

Jason Sutherland of Kapnick Orchards of Britton, who is used to braving the elements at a number of local farmers markets, said it was “awesome to be inside. This is a great idea.”

He said it was wonderful to see so many items that were grown and made in Michigan. “We need to get back to more local,” he said, stressing that produce that comes from less than 100 miles away is handled less and is fresher than items purchased further away.

Plus, he said, markets like the ones in Saline support local farmers.

“I think this is a great idea to continue to bring locally grown products year-round to Saline. It helps the community and our health,” said Mark Ouimet, R-Scio Township, who was on hand at the grand opening of the market.

Joan Hutchinson, a vendor from Dexter, said the indoor market was “fabulous. It starts an hour later (than others), it’s warm and people continue to stream in. Plus, it has the best samples of any of the markets.”

“Nancy does a fabulous job on every detail. She’s very particular and this is a great new market,” Hutchinson said of the market manager.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at For more Saline stories, visit our Saline page.


Cheryl Plouff buys produce from Edward D. Dietrich of Green Valley Farms at the Saline indoor farmers market.

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David Rhoads

Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 2:38 p.m.

The quality and variety of goods; grown, baked or otherwise created is just amazing. The number of visitors continues to increase each week, as more people become aware of the indoor market. It is a quick trip from Ann Arbor via Wagner or Ann Arbor-Saline road to Liberty School, which is at 7265 N Ann Arbor St in Saline, every Saturday from 9am to noon.. Plenty of parking and plenty of friendly people.

Urban Sombrero

Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 9:44 p.m.

I had no idea this was going on. I'll definitely have to check it out!


Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 5:59 p.m.

This sounds great. Are the products sold required to be produced by the folks selling them? I hope so. That, to me, makes it a true Farmer's Market and not just a grocery outlet.


Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 2:10 p.m.

Eby, thanks for posting your response.


Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 2:26 a.m.

According to their rules page this is a growers only market so everything should be. <a href="" rel='nofollow'>;sID=farmers-market-rules</a>


Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 5:12 p.m.

Very creative. We have miles of unused school hallway space here in Ann Arbor.