Just a brief reminder to everyone that the third season of this popular downtown Dundee attraction is about to begin. For those who aren’t familiar with Dundee, the open air market is located at 223 Tecumseh St (M 50) in the parking lot next to Diane’s Freeze.
The market will open for the summer season on May 19 and every Saturday thereafter at 8.00am – 1.00pm, and Wednesdays from 4.00pm – 7.00pm through fall. About 25 vendors are in attendance featuring locally grown vegetables, cut flowers, herbs, bedding plants, patio pots and planters, crafts, honey, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, artisan breads, and even locally produced meats. As an added draw, there is generally some form of live entertainment during the season to add to the festive fare.
Sean McClellan, the Market’s coordinator, has requested that our Master Gardener Association set up an information booth to answer general lawn and garden questions from the public. Three of our members have already done this in prior years, and he was wondering if the association would be willing to have a season long presence at the market. Jennie Stanger, master composter John Eichholtz and Georgeann Brown have all left their mark with favorable results. In fact Georgeann often teamed up with fellow MGs, the Chapmans—demonstrating different ways to present their lamb with herbs from her potager garden.
This would be an excellent opportunity for the association to establish a working relationship with a popular Farmers Market and make our presence known to the public by sharing our gardening expertise. I am suggesting the booth be staffed by 2-3 members, with possibly a short demonstration of a simple garden topic. Sean will provide the table and I believe the MGA has signage and other props at the extension office.
Hopefully this idea will be met with approval after discussion at the next meeting, and a committee set up to coordinate the activity. Sean and his wife Tanya, publish the Independent newspaper—I am sure the MGA will get a lot of free publicity out of this collaboration.
Sean’s contact info is: (734) 529-7275; email: firstname.lastname@example.org and the website for the Farmers Market, which has some excellent photos of the market activities is: www.dundeefarmersmarket.com
For those who still want to record their hours, I am sure this will be counted as approved educational time.