Inside: Market Opening Info, Vendor Profile Paper Cup Coffee Co, Coffee Cake Recipe
Dexter Farmers Market

Weekly Newsletter #6

COVID related Market News:

     Beginning now, "essential supply" vendors will be allowed to distribute at the DFM by appointment. Please contact the vendors in the index below to set up purchases. If you have any questions please email the market manager, Dana Queen at

*Please let your "off-line" friends and neighbors know about this option, it is difficult to communicate these changes to those that do not use email or Facebook without using paper and increasing tranmission risk.*

May 1, 2020

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

Corrections Corner!
   Eagle-eyed readers have brought it to attention that the hummingbird nectar recipe was botched last week! Having kids at home during work - the struggle is real!
  • Hummingbird nectar: 1 cup of boiled or purified water (warm/hot is best to dissolve sugar), 1/4 cup of white sugar.


The Market is Opening Sat, June 6 at 8am
     Farmers markets are an essential part of the food industry and as such, we have begun distributing food for the month of May in a pre-order, pick up format. At this time, a customer may choose any vendor of food, produce, food plant or personal hygiene from the index below, place an order, and choose to pick up from the market. You are also encouraged to place orders with our lovely craft vendors for shipping or contactless delivery.
   At our opening in June, things will feel quite different from the environment we have been cultivating over the years! Many of the measures we will be taking are familiar from the expectations at your regular indoor grocery store. Please only send one person from your household to shop, wear a mask, and wash your hands at our provided hand washing station (we also have hand sanitizer in the dispensers in the center of the market).
    Sadly, one of the most important messages we will be sending is: please do not linger. All events, music and kids activities are suspended for both Saturdays and Tuesdays. We will be controlling how many people can be in the market at a time, so please look for an entrance gate at the south side of the market, next to the hand washing station. More instructions will be available closer to opening.


SNAP, PEBT, Double Up Food Bucks,
WIC and Senior Project Fresh

    Many residents have needed to sign up for food assistance benefits during the pandemic and we are happy to welcome you to the Dexter Farmers Market! Don't be shy to have us walk you through anything you need to know to get healthy food on your table, utilizing your Bridge or PEBT card.
    The DFM has secured a Double Up Food Bucks grant, which matches customers charges on their cards. For example, if you have been provided a PEBT card recently, you can come to the market and charge $20 with the market manager and receive wooden tokens that can be spent on approved items with any vendor. In addition to those tokens, Double Up Food Bucks will match you $20 in $2 increment aluminum tokens. These are free of charge, but can only be spent on fresh fruits and veggies. This means your SNAP tokens can be saved for honey, bread, meat, eggs or veggie plants!


     The Bike Medic will be servicing your bikes for free like every year, but this season they will be starting at a different location: Scio Community Church, 1293 N Zeeb Road. Bill and company will be following safe contact, texting for appointment. We are waiting for which phone number they will use, so check here for more updates on how to get your tune up!


    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 participants.


     Have you ever envisioned yourself as an entrepreneur, charming people at the market? Is your vegetable bed enough to feed an army? 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! 

    This is where you will find the list of our vendors and what they offer. Click the links to go to each vendors website and find ordering info.
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. Follow his Facebook here. *see below for vendor profile*

Wild Dandelion Acres - Eli and Amanda sell pasture raised organic fed chicken, turkey, and pork as well as eggs. Their farm has vegetable seedlings for starting as well. They believe in feeding their local customers farm fresh food with no additives or GMOs. Follow their Facebook! Sign up for their newsletter here.

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.

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. Follow their Facebook here. Sign up for their newsletter here to hear how they can bring you fresh produce this year regardless of market open date.

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

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!

Two Dogs Farms - perennials, annuals, veggie starts, berries, fruit, veggies, maple syrup and jellies and jams from Ray Sowers. And coming soon: Scottish Highlander grass fed Beef!!

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, Allium, Poppies, Daisies and many other wildflowers. This year, Amy will also be offering a wide selection of herbs,edible flowers and beneficial plants. Online ordering begins in July.

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!!

Ski's Sausage Co - this is Dan's first year, but he's a local from Pinckney! He offers a large variety of sausages; traditional Polish kielbasa and cheddar, jalapeno cheddar and traditional bratwurst.

More to come soon!

Vendor Profile: Paper Cup Coffee Company

Isaac really knows the culture of coffee. Not only can he make a great cup of Joe from his fire roasted coffee, he loves to engage in philosophical conversation on any topic, a beloved pass time of coffee houses since their inception.
He sources his coffee through a non-profit organization called the Radical Coffee Project. Their primary mission is to create micro-financing for the family farms growing in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, a volcanic area that produces high quality coffee beans. Isaac, inspired by campfire coffee, then carefully roasts them in small batches by hand on an open wood fire where they are infused by Black Walnut, Cherry, and Hickory smoke. The result is smooth, complex and never bitter.
Alongside his acclaimed coffee, he developed "super food" date balls. It is a perfect snack to give you energy and aligns with his natural food health ideals. Finally, after some prodding from customers, he introduced mouth-watering chocolate glazed cake donuts, really completing his micro-cafe. Plus, fans can grab a cool T-shirt or ceramic mug and show off his hand-drawn logo.
Issac will be with us starting in June and is availabe for pick up from the DFM in May. He has a May Day Sale offering 20% off! $8 for 6 oz dark or medium roast.  Check out his website or Facebook to make a purchase and find the answer to the question: "why did you name it Paper Cup Coffee Company?"

Upcoming Events

At this time, the DFM will not be hosting any events, music or children's activities.  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.

Cinnamon-Streusel Coffeecake:

Easy but impressive, from King Arthur Flour, delicious for that Zoom coffee date!

Prep 30 mins/Bake 50 mins to 1 hr/Total 1 hr 30 mins

Yield: one 9" by 13" or two 9" round cakes


Streusel topping
  • 1 cup (199g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (if you use unsalted butter)
  • 1 cup (121g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons (85g) butter, melted
  • 1 cup (213g) brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 12 tablespoons (170g) butter, at room temperature, at least 65°F
  • 1 teaspoon salt (1 1/4 teaspoons if you use unsalted butter)
  • 1 1/2 cups (298g) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (71g) brown sugar, packed
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (170g) sour cream or plain yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups (283g) milk (anything from skim to whole), at room temperature
  • 3 3/4 cups (454g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan, or two 9" round cake pans.
    2. Make the topping by whisking together the sugar, salt, flour, and cinnamon. Add the melted butter, stirring until well combined. Set the topping aside.
    3. Make the filling by mixing together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and cocoa powder. Note that the cocoa powder is used strictly for color, not flavor; leave it out if you like. Set it aside.
    4. To make the cake, in a large bowl, beat together the butter, salt, sugars, baking powder, and vanilla until well combined and smooth.
    5. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    6. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream or yogurt and milk till well combined. You don't need to whisk out all the lumps.
    7. Add the flour to the butter mixture alternately with the milk/sour cream mixture, beating gently to combine.
    8. Pour/spread half the batter (a scant 3 cups) into the prepared pan(s), spreading all the way to the edges. If you're using two 9" round pans, spread 1 1/3 cups batter in each pan.
    9. Sprinkle the filling evenly on the batter.
    10. Spread the remaining batter atop the filling. Use a table knife to gently swirl the filling into the batter, as though you were making a marble cake. Don't combine filling and batter thoroughly; just swirl the filling through the batter.
    11. Sprinkle the topping over the batter in the pan.
    12. Bake the cake until it's a dark golden brown around the edges; medium-golden with no light patches showing on top, and a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 to 60 minutes for the 9" x 13" pan, 50 to 55 minutes for the 9" round pans. When pressed gently in the middle, the cake should spring back.
    13. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for 20 minutes before cutting and serving. Serve cake right from the pan.