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Mumby Pie Co. owner John Carpenter shows off his handcrafted pies on opening day last year of the Dearborn Farmers & Artisans Market. The sixth annual market — which will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 18 and select Tuesdays in the summer in the parking lot behind Bryant Library, 22100 Michigan Ave. — opens for the season Friday
DEARBORN — The 2013 Dearborn Farmers & Artisan Market opens for the season Friday with a kickoff celebration of spring.
The market has new expanded hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday through Oct. 18 in the parking lot behind Bryant Library, 22100 Michigan Ave. There also will be three evening markets from 4 to 7 p.m. June 18, July 16 and Aug. 20.
Most of last year’s Michigan farmers, artisans, and vendors will again provide a wide variety of offerings in the community gathering. Besides past vendors of flowers, shrubs, and perennials, the market will offer new vendors of many types as well as a mix of children’s activities and sponsor tents with clinics, screenings, special appearances and chef demonstrations.
“With our expanded hours this year we look for this season to be better than ever,” market manager Millie Judd said. “Besides a community event, the market supports local farmers and businesses, encouraging healthy eating with quality, fresh, wholesome food.
“Our carefully selected vendors will be selling only seasonal Michigan locally-produced farm products and baked goods, cheeses, meats, art, soaps, salsas, jams and jellies, and woodworking products.
“As they did last year, local grade school teachers will bring students to the market for class projects, to learn money management, and the importance of healthy foods. The Dearborn Farmers & Artisan Market will continue to offer the Double Up Food Bucks EBT program for qualified participants as well as the Project Fresh and bridge cards.
People and businesses interested in volunteering or sponsoring the market can call 313-584-6100.
Significant sponsors this year include Oakwood Healthcare Inc. and Henry Ford Community College.