By SHERRI KOLADE
DEARBORN — Joan Reed believes in the power of buying local products made by local farmers as a way to help communities flourish.
As the market manager for the Dearborn Farmers and Artisans Market, it is not just a message to Reed, but a lifestyle she hopes people keep.
The market is coming to Dearborn for its fifth season between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Fridays May 25 through Oct. 26. The market will also be open from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday evening June 19 and July 17 to Aug. 21 at 22100 Michigan Ave. at Mason Street, surrounding Bryant Library.
Reed said the market is not only about buying food but it is a community activity.
“You can buy local items that are grown,” Reed said. “You can talk to indiviuals growing the items and ask them the best way to cook and eat the product. You are talking to the person who has put love and labor into producing the item.”
Some of the items available include fruits, soaps, meats, cheeses, bread products, peanut butter, coffee and many others. Although the products may differ, one thing they have in common is they are all grown in Michigan, Reed said.
Reed said at the market people can buy items nine to 10 times cheaper than the products one would find at bigger, well-known stores.
Some of the Market features include giveaways, children’s activities and more.
For more information on the Farmers and Artisans Market go to Facebook page Dearborn Farmers and Artisans Market.
(Sherri Kolade can be reached at [email protected].)