Evidenced by the return of migrating birds, the fragrance of lilacs in bloom, and the season opening of the Farmer’s Market, it would seem that Spring has sprung in Ypsilanti.
The Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market will open Tuesday, May 4th but you won’t see the colorful canopies of the vendors in the Key Bank parking lot where they’ve made their seasonal, weekly, home since the DYFM’s start in 2006. The market has a new location on Ferris Street between Hamilton and Adams streets. “They outgrew the former space” says Ryan Stedman, who manages the market for the nonprofit organization Growing Hope. “The new space will accommodate a larger variety of vendors, community groups and entertainment.”
Vendors at the DYFM are farmers, backyard gardeners, greenhouse growers, and community gardeners. Previous years vendors have included:
- Living Stones Community; a non-profit organization that offers formerly incarcerated Washtenaw County residents an internship that includes training in urban agriculture and entrepreneurship.
- Thomason Family Farm; All produced within downtown Ypsilanti, a special variety of cheeses is the delicious offering from the Thomason Family Farm. Aubrey Thomason, who doubles as a cheese maker for Zingerman’s Creamery in Ann Arbor, has done work with cheese in the states and abroad.
- Ypsilanti Food Co-op; The Ypsilanti Food Co-op has been around for 36 years. They bake an assortment of artisan breads. The co-op also provides support and services for the surrounding community.
The Downtown Ypsilanti Farmer’s Market provides the community access to buy fresh, local, products direct. This results in a healthier community, a cleaner environment, support for the local economy and development of Ypsilanti downtown. Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber will be at the market from 5 to 6 p.m. to greet members of the community. Local weather forecasts predict temperatures around 70 degrees; Perfect for a visit to the Farmer’s Market which will operate from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., and accepts credit cards, bridge cards, and cash.