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My Town Plainfield: Inside this year's farmers market
My Town Plainfield: Inside this year's farmers market

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Plainfield Charter Township)--- The Plainfield Township Farmers Market opened on June 10 this year amidst a cluster of white tents and smiling faces, with extended hours from noon to 6:00 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.

Located at 4411 Plainfield Avenue NE in front of Frontline Church at the corner of 5 Mile Road and Plainfield adjacent to Fire Station #3, the market has more than 30 vendors signed up with many more expected as vegetables and fruits ripen and orchards mature throughout the growing season.

“Plainfield area residents have farm-fresh produce practically delivered to their front door,” said Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden.  “The variety of produce, fresh baked goods, crafts and other items is excellent and rivals the selection you’ll find in other area markets.”

Among the many Plainfield vendors is Creswick Farms, located in Ravenna, Michigan, which offers grass-fed beef, pork and lamb as well as free-range poultry and brown eggs.  Jerkies, snack sticks, bacon, specialty sausages, patties and pet food products are also available. 

Happy Greens, owned by Doug and Roxanne Sjoerdsma, provides fresh produce and microgreens at the market.  Packed with nutrients, microgreens are young seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs harvested less than 14 days after germination.  Added to salads, sandwiches, soups, even eggs, microgreens offer intense flavor and 40 percent more nutrition than mature plants.  Red cabbage, radish, arugula are just a few of the varieties for sale.

With a large assortment of potted herbs, Brooks Garden and Greenhouse encourages people to grow their own herbs on a window sill, in a window box, in pots or even to plant in a private herb garden.  Also offering blooming annuals, hot-house-started tomatoes will be coming next along with other produce as it comes into season.

Fresh baked bread is in abundance at The Great Bread Company booth.  Cinnamon swirl, potato rosemary garlic bread and dill bad are among the many varieties offered.  Because all the ingredients are natural, buyers are advised to refrigerate or freeze their purchases to retain the freshness. 

The Farm Country Cheese House offers free samples of some of the dozens of cheeses they make locally.  All the well known names like cheddar, colby, swiss, and monterey jack are displayed as well as flavored favorites like dill cheddar, garlic mozzarella and pepper jack.

A variety of homemade blackberry and raspberry jams and jellies is available at the Gleason Farms’ booth which also features fresh cut flowers.  When the actual berries come into season, fresh fruit will be available direct from the farm to the Farmers Market. 

Great Harvest Bread Company offers samples of several breads.  With savory breads like garlic cheddar and sweet fruit breads, Great Harvest Bread Company also bakes the hard-to-find Challah bread, a Jewish egg bread.  Their natural dog bones are a healthy treat.

Several vendors including Steel Wheel Farms and Christian Farms are offering pure Michigan maple syrup and locally-gathered honey.  Fresh produce of all kinds will be available from these vendors as well as from Newton’s Family Farm located in Sand Lake as the summer progresses, ripening fruits and vegetables.

Dorothy & Toto’s Kettle Corn is available on Thursdays at the Plainfield Market.

“They’re delightful to work with and they make the best popcorn in the world,” said Sharon Stapleton, Plainfield Township Farmers Market manager.  

Other vendors offer a varied assortment of colorful knitted, crocheted and hand-sewn items like towels, potholders, laundry bags, aprons and potato bags.  Handmade soap is available in a variety of floral, herb and spice scents.

Farmers markets are growing in popularity all across the country as people seek to find the freshest produce and natural, healthy meat, poultry, fish, dairy and baked goods.  Sold by farmers direct from the farm to the market, Plainfield Township’s Farmers Market provides all that and more.