Links: Farmers markets - summer preview with the help of Real Time Farms
Courtesy Karl Rosaen, Real Time Farms
Saturday Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Some highlights of the early season include asparagus, green onions, greens, rhubarb, maple syrup and honey. Last year's apple crop is available as well as apple cider and apple butter. There were lots of flowers and vegetable plants.
John Harnois from Harnois Farms in Whitmore Lake brought turkey, duck eggs and fresh stinging nettles to market. Linda Diane Feldt has a guide to using stinging nettles, which are also for sale at the People's Food Coop.
Saturday Ypsilanti Depot Town Farmers Market
The Real Time Farms report for the Ypsilanti Down Town Farmers Market for this weekend shows nine vendors.
Asparagus was the featured vegetable, and Panama Hills Farm from Ypsilanti brought purple asparagus to market. I don't know a lot about purple asparagus firsthand, but this Rutgers Asparagus Breeding Program guide refers to a cultivar called Violetto d'Albenga grown in northern Italy.
Saturday Saline Farmers Market
The first Saline Farmers Market for the season was up and running Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The Real Time Farms listing for the Saline market shows eight vendors, who brought asparagus, apples, flowers and tomato plants to market.
Four Corners Creamery was up from Tecumseh with fresh cheeses.
Saturday Chelsea Farmers Market
The first Saturday Chelsea Farmers Market ran from 8 a.m. to noon in downtown Chelsea on Park Street.
Real Time Farms identified eightÂ vendors at the Saturday market, selling bread, cheese, eggs, plants and flowers.
Howell Sunday Farmers' Market
The nearest Sunday market in the area is in Howell, located in the center of that Livingston County town about 45 minutes north and west of Ann Arbor. The Howell Sunday Farmers' Market season runs from May 2 to Oct. 31.
Real Time Farms found nine vendors at this Sunday's market, selling asparagus, rhubarb, flowers, cheese, meats and breads.
Oliver Farms Cheese Company brought artisanal raw milk cheeses to market from Fostoria.
Upcoming markets for the week
Tuesday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. is the Ypsilanti Downtown Farmers Market, opening for the season this week. It is managed by Growing Hope, and this year it's in a new location near Michigan Avenue and Hamliton. See itsÂ season flyer (PDF).
Wednesday, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open at 7 a.m. for its first Wednesday market of the season.
Thursday, the Manchester Farmers Market is an afternoon market, located at Adrian Street at Main in downtown Manchester. Contact Irene Stedman, 989-413-5137, for details. The Manchester Enterprise has a season preview.
Thursday, July 3, the Westside Farmers Market opens up. Market Manager and AnnArbor.com contributor Corinna Borden has a season preview.