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Dexter Farmers Market

Weekly Newsletter #4


April 17, 2020

Sat 8am-1pm / Tues 2pm-6pm
3233 Alpine St, Dexter, MI 48130
(Vol. 1 Issue 4)

     Are you aching to get out and plant your gardens? Yes, it's snowing right now, but Michiganders are a hopeful people! There has been a bit of difficulty in interpretation of the Governor's guidelines; lots of rumors! After carefully reading the text, here is the definitive answer: Stores of more than 50,000 square feet have been asked to suspend in-person sales of "non-essential" supplies. This rule is in place to discourage residents from browsing the aisles and increasing contact and possible transmission of COVID.

     We encourage you to continue to support your local garden centers and nurseries. Many like the Dexter Mill, have created contact-less shopping, so you can get seeds, plants, soil and mulch. Call or check websites of your favorite locals and show them some love!

     Farmers and farmers market vendors are hurting! They can't bring their products to you and need a little support! If you have money or supplies to donate please do. Follow this link to find a list of support organizations for all levels of the local food supply. Follow this link to an comprehensive index of Washtenaw county area vendors with online purchasing capability, not just DFM.

     Have you ever envisioned yourself as an entrepreneur, charming people at the market? Is your vegetable bed enough to feed an army? Do you have a favorite restaurant you'd like to see at "Tasty Tuesday"? We have an open application deadline and welcome new vendors anytime of the year. Please visit our website and fill in an application! Tell a friend! Tag a restaurant in the Facebook Comments!

    This is where you will find the list of our vendors and what they offer, to be updated every week. Click the links to go to each vendors website and find ordering info.
     Unfortunately, all farmers markets are closed at this time, but you can find fresh, local food at Vestergaard Farms on Wagner Rd. in Ann Arbor, Argus Farms Stop on Liberty in Ann Arbor or Agricole Farm Stop on M52 in Chelsea. They are all following modified curbside service, please consult their websites for details.

Hoppy Soaps - Stephanie fills the market with the fresh smells of bar soaps, bath bombs, shower fizzies, deodorant, lip balm, body butter, and herbal sachets. Some of these products are even made from her home-brewed beer! Follow her on Facebook here. *see below for vendor profile*

Shagbark Knoll
- Henry has gorgeous asparagus, beans, beets, tomatoes, apples, plums, basil plants, and Zephyr squash.

NOKA Homestead - Noelle has a breath taking array of produce. From radishes to greens to potatoes, all grown with respect and care for the earth and its creatures! They have a variety of CSA boxes this year, please visit their site to sign up for their wait-list. Sign up for their newsletter here to hear how they can bring you fresh produce this year regardless of market open date.

Jacob's Fresh Farm Shares - chicken and duck eggs, as well as a wide variety of veggies and fruit grown with natural methods from heritage and non-GMO seed. They have several different types of CSAs depending on your family's needs, including boxes that have bakery and coffee items included. Visit his site and get signed up today!

Hives on the Hill Apiary - Jacob also runs a great honey business. Find honey in all sizes of jars, plus he will remove your swarms!

Shoreline Wild Salmon - wild, Alaskan, hook-and-line caught salmon. King and Coho Salmon sold frozen in vacuum sealed packages. Smoked Coho Salmon sold in shelf stable jars. Marie and her dad, Mark handle the fish with the utmost care, all the way from the fishing vessels in Southeast Alaska to the farmers market in Dexter! Look for them in May, August, September and October.

MaryAnn Simpkins - one of our founding members brings produce, baked goods, sewn and crocheted housewares, nuts, soaps, eggs, honey, too much to name! Please keep an eye here for her earliest harvests, there will be lettuce soon!

Paper Cup Coffee Co - Isaac brings the freshest, fire-roasted coffee by the cup, whole bean and ground; plus hand-dipped chocolate cake donuts and date balls.

Owl Hollow Bakery - Anne will have delicious pies, breads, baked goods, granola, Amaizin' popcorn, free range eggs, maple syrup, and pure Greek olive oil.

Two Dogs Farms - perennials, annuals, veggie starts, produce, syrup and more from Ray Sowers.

Wild Dandelion Acres - Eli and Amanda have started a homestead where they use all natural methods to pasture raise chicken, turkey and pork, eggs and soon goat's milk soaps!

Jeff Peters - Jeff is a market staple in his 11th year at the DFM. He brings breathtaking cut flowers like Cosmos, Sunflowers, Zinnias, Cockscomb, and a rainbow of lilies. He will also have leeks, storage onions, kohlrabi and tomatillos.

My Serenity, Creations by Rachel - lovely bath, body and home goods, soy candles, natural deodorants and bath bars.

Manchester Blooms Flower Farm - Amy grows beautiful bouquets, arrangements, and buckets of freshly cut, locally grown annuals. Some of the bright beauties offered include: Cosmos, Zinnias, Sunflowers, Poppies, Daisies and other wildflowers. Her Spring Tulip selection is full of lovelies like Paradise, Rembrandt, Strawberry Triumph, Sweet Pink, Blush Beauty, Menton, Purple Lady, and Wijia. Buy a dozen of a single variety or mix and match to customize your bouquet. This year, Amy will also be offering a limited amount of herbs and produce, check back for updates!

Herb 'N Beans - Steve has artisan crafted coffee, tea, locally grown hemp flower and oil, and freeze-dried fruits and veggies.

Judy Welsh - charming hand cut cards, framed beach glass, driftwood art and notebooks.

Sweet and Salty Cookie Co - Jeff is back with the best cookies! Chocolate chip, double dip chocolate chip, M&M, peanut butter, snicker doodle chip, butterscotch, Special Dark, Reese's, sea salt caramel, dark chocolate pecan, maple oatmeal raisin, pecan raisin, milk chocolate raisin, molasses, caramel apple crisp, gluten-friendly chocolate chip and gluten-friendly dark chocolate pecan.

GVR Farms - Gage is returning to the Tuesday market with lettuce, carrots, radishes, asparagus, micro-greens, potatoes, and pumpkins.

Paper Bead Elegance - Karen makes the most fascinating jewelry - from paper! Barrets and earrings; durable and gorgeous artisan statement pieces.

BB's Beauty Organics - Brittney puts a new twist on bath products. She makes body sprays and rooms sprays, plus shaving cream, sugar scrubs and foot scrubs.

Specialty Tea Products (STEAP)
- Amanda has a variety of loose leaf teas and blends. Visit her website to sign up for a subscription!

Skalski Farm in Hamburg - John and Rochelle will be back this year! Their vegetable, fruit, and start plants are grown using organic methods. They will have larger, more mature vegetable, herb and flower starts sold in individual pots. Teaser: they will have strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and sweet corn!!

More to come soon!
Vendor Profile: Hoppy Soaps

Stephanie Bolz is easily the most informed and knowledgeable soap producer one could meet. She holds a PhD in Near Eastern Studies from U of M and clearly uses her research skills to develop safe products that get you clean and fresh. Stephanie started making soap and body butter in 2014 and began to sell her creations in 2015. Her first farmers market was actually with us at the DFM on a Tuesday!

Many of her earliest products were made with her home-brewed beer - they continue to be very popular! Since then, she's introduced bath bombs, shower fizzies, lip balm, deodorant, and herb sachets. Each of her new items must stand up to her rigorous research and development process. Everything from Hoppy Soaps is vegan, palm oil free, detergent free, and is scented with essential oils. Her supplies come exclusively from wholesale cosmetics suppliers that can certify that their products are pure and provide safety data information.

Of course, Stephanie's message to us these days is, "wash your hands!" It is clearly the number one easiest way to stop viral and bacterial transmission!

Upcoming Events

At this time, the DFM does not anticipate opening on time. We are following data and consulting with the Washtenaw County Health Department on the best time to open and in what format. Please be patient and know that we are working hard to bring healthy, fresh food to Dexter as soon as is possible Events will resume when all threat of community spread has been addressed.

Baked Rice Pudding Kugel:

A lovely traditional Jewish take on everyone's favorite; rice pudding.

Serves 8
Total Time: 90 Minutes

  • 1 Cup Uncooked White Rice
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1/3 Cup Raisins
  • 4 Eggs (Lightly Beaten)
  • 1 Cup Orange Juice
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • Warm Water (For Soaking Raisins)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease 10 inch spring-form pan. Set aside.
  3. In medium-size saucepan add 2 cups water and rice. Cook until soft, but not mushy. Remove from heat.
  4. While rice is cooking, soak raisins in warm water.
  5. In large-size bowl combine eggs, orange juice, sugar, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cooked rice. Drain raisins and add to bowl. Combine well.
  6. Pour mixture into pan. Place in oven for 60 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes before removing from pan.

To serve just cut it as you would cut a piece of cake or pie.

© Victoria Hart Glavin Tiny New York Kitchen © 2016 All Rights Reserved

This week's recipe idea is in memoriam of Shana Borenstein, a brilliant, loved, local woman.