October 2007 Market E-Blast
Ypsilanti Farmers' Market
             fresh, local, & healthy for our community
Mark Your Calendars for Pumpkin-Mania!

Celebrate the last day of the season for the Downtown Ypsilanti Farmer's Market on Tuesday, October 30, with a pumpkin-blow out!  Healthy trick-or -treating at booths, discounts at the GH booth for people
in costumes, pumpkin painting & gourd bowling, and more! 

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Dear Neighbor,
We hope you'll pass this information about the Ypsilanti Farmer's Market along to your neighbors, friends, family, and co-workers.  A healthy market depends on community participation!  See you at the market!

Amanda, Tracy, Corinne, Joan, Peter, Jenna, Norris, & John
(the Ypsi Farmer's Market Exec Committee)
Featured vendor this week:
Karl Baer of Baer Farms
Looking for high quality, locally produced meats? Karl Baer of Baer Farms brings a variety of meats to the Saturday and Tuesday markets. chickensKarl was raised on a farm here in Michigan, and his father firmly believed that everything going into the ground and into our food wasn't good. When Karl was diagnosed with two forms of cancer, his feelings toward preservatives, growth hormones, and pesticides were reinforced. He then started to raise rabbits not for show, but for food.  He offers, from his farm in Adrian Township, dressed rabbit, free-range chickens, and preservative-free jerky. He partners with two other local families to offer homemade sausages and free-range turkeys (order yours for Thanksgiving!). Baer Farms also offers smoked ham hocks, BBQ pork, and meaty soup bones.  Everything is processed/butchered in an MDA-approved facility or a commercial kitchen depending on the product. Karl's pork and beef are USDA-approved and preservative free. Stop by and say hi to Karl!
The Downtown market also has a new vendor: Bizzy Lizzy Bakery! Vendor Erik Olauson says "Our baker takes great pride in making these amazing treats in small batches to ensure the highest quality product each and every time." Stop by and sample one of Bizzy Lizzy's fabulous flavors, all baked fresh each day: oatmeal Ghiradelli dark chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, oatmeal dried cranberry, oatmeal, pumpkin Ghiradelli dark chocolate chip, and other various flavors. The cookies are delicious and nutritious. Erik says they can be eaten for breakfast as they contain flax seen and no flour.corn
Farmers at both Ypsilanti market locations are offering a bounty of late summer and fall vegetables. Stop by for some squash, tomatoes, cauliflower, beets, and many other veggies!

Come on down to the Downtown Market from 2-6pm on Tuesdays in the Key Bank parking lot or visit the Depot Town Market on Saturdays from 8 am to 3 pm. Both of the locations accept credit cards, food stamps, Project FRESH or Senior Project FRESH coupons, and of course cash! Or, pay with cash only at the Depot Town market on Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm.  Do something healthy for you and your family this week. Support your local farmers and join us at the Ypsilanti Farmer's Market.

The Farmer's Market Is Open Through October!
Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market
Tuesdays 2-6 pm
Corner of Michigan Ave & Hamilton in the Key Bank parking lot (#6 AATA bus)

Depot Town Ypsilanti Farmers Market
Saturdays 8 am- 3 pm
Wednesdays 10 am- 2 pm
Outside the Historic Freight House in Depot Town (#10 AATA bus)

EBT & Credit Cards accepted on Tuesdays & Saturdays.
Cash & Project Fresh accepted all market days!
The Market Relies on Volunteers Every Week-- Will you help?
Volunteers are essential to making our market work.  By volunteering, you can get to know the market and feel a part of the community!

Downtown Farmers' Market:
On Tuesdays, volunteers are needed for shifts between 12:30 and 7:00 pm, and include set up, signage, transporting market supplies, helping other vendors, helping seniors cross the street, and counting people at the market.  Volunteers are also needed to do demos, play music, and handing out signs. Choose a shift that works for you and contact Growing Hope at 734-786-8401 to volunteer once or every week!
Volunteer Postings

Who runs the markets?  Our Ypsilanti Farmer's Market Community Advisory Board gives input to an executive committee including Growing Hope, MSU-Extension, the Vendors' Association, Washtenaw County Public Health, Ypsilanti Health Coalition, and the Ypsilanti Food Co-op.  Growing Hope manages the Tuesday market, and the Vendors' Association manages Wednesday and Saturdays.  Do you want to get involved?  Do you have something to sell?  Call Growing Hope at 734-786-8401 or email to [email protected] and learn how you can join the effort! www.growinghope.net.  Thanks for financial support from Washtenaw Steps Up (through the Michigan Dept of Community Health & Washtenaw County Public Health), Growing Hope, MSU-Extension, and other partners.  
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