Category Archives: Ann Arbor Farmers Market

Homegrown Festival, Saturday September 7, 2013, 6p-10p at Ann Arbor Farmers Market

Here’s the poster! More details about the program at the HomeGrown Festival home page.



Typepad on iPad, edited elsewhere

No support for rich text editing in safari, but otherwise performant. Kind of nice.

I’ll need to really learn markdown for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is that it descends from setext.

Ann Arbor

A2B3 lunch is Thursday as always.
Ann Arbor Parks did trick or treat today, Sunday, noon to 4pm on the Huron River.

Arborwiki makes a good companion as you go for errands around town.
Ann Arbor City Council elections and a millage are coming up. The Ann Arbor Chronicle has characteristically thorough coverage of the League of Women Voters forums.
Some project, not yet identified, has North Main torn up at Catherine. A second project has North Division down to a single lane. Expect delays.

No one was hurt in last week's fire on Harpst.
I'm trying a neighborhood LinkedIn group to see what kind of density I need to get enough people to make a group worthwhile; it might make sense to grab people closest first and then out by distance.

Metro Detroit

Tigers lost in the ALCS, and I’m looking forward to spring training.

Power outages from the Saturday windstorms were worst in Warren.


Occupy Chicago has had a lot of protest, via the Chicago Tribune which was on the scene.

Occupy Wall Street took over Times Square.


I am tracking steps with a pedometer again, thanks to Paul Resnick and a research group at UMSI.
Statler and Waldorf have taken over the Muppets twitter account. New movie due for Thanksgiving. Cue the Muppets.


The wind on Saturday made farmers market blustery. Squash of all sizes and varieties were there, and there’s nothing like a big old Hubbard squash to keep the corner of a table down. A farmer was doing the frost dance but said they had none at the last full moon. Traditionally, it’s said that the best way to open a Hubbard is to take an axe to it, or to throw it down into the cellar.


It’s hard to have great weird ideas when you are closing trouble tickets.
My new employer Nutshell has an office where my former employer Pure Visibility used to have it's offices.


Steve Jobs, Dennis Ritchie, Einar Steffrud.


Books moved recently include Kawabata’s, Snow Country, to be shelved on the Heikki Lunta shelf to prepare me for winter.


Pinboard now supports Gopher urls in bookmarks.


Michigan football lost to State. It was as good an excuse as any to call my aunt who went to East Lansing.


Wow, I have a lot of categories.

Michigan 2011 U-Pick strawberry season

Strawberry-culturist Here's collected reports from the places that I'm on mailing lists for U-Pick strawberry season for 2011 near Ann Arbor. Comments welcomed.  The June 2011 "strawberry moon" (full moon) is June 15.

Whitaker's Berry Farm in Ida, MI (about 30 miles S of Ann Arbor.) opens Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. U-Pick $1.30/#, $3.25/qt prepicked.  "Those wanting real large amounts for canning and freezing, may wish to wait until closer to June 15th, which is when peak season should begin."

Rowe's Produce Farm in Rawsonville, MI (about 10 miles E of Ann Arbor) is opening on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 7:00 a.m. U-Pick $1.57/#. Call for picking conditions 734-482-8538 as they may have to close Friday for more ripening.

DeGroot's Strawberries in Gregory, MI (about 45 miles NW of Ann Arbor) said "mid June" on its Facebook page about 3 weeks ago.

Gibb's Berry Farm in Eaton Rapids (about 60 miles WNW of Ann Arbor) is bringing strawberries to the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Price was $4.25 /quart on the first week of June, often prices change during the season and dip during peak times when produce is more plentiful.

I'm looking forward to a Father's Day berrypicking trip, which should be about right. My notes from the 2008 strawberry season reminded me to bring more water while picking; the 2007 strawberry season notes an early use of Twitter to coordinate berrypicking.

The image is from The Illustrated Strawberry Culturist (Fuller, 1887).

Ann Arbor Farmers Market report, third Saturday in May 2011

Here's what some people have written about recently in their writings about the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, especially looking at produce that's at market, new vendors and old, how people are doing and checking the weather.

The one constant is that everyone seems to have gotten a lot of rain. Here's a map of the last 7 days of precipitation.

Picture 13Some notes:

Eggs: Grandma from Grandma's Kitchen brought 137 dozen eggs. Her tractor is still in the mud up to its axles.

Rhubarb: $3.50 for about 1.5 # from Wasem's Fruit Farm. Cynthia from Mother's Kitchen has this recipe for Stewed Rhubarb

I don't think I'll need any miracles today.   And if you are new to canning, you won't need any miracles either if give rhubarb a try.  Canning stewed rhubarb is ridiculously simple – all you need is rhubarb and sugar.  

Greens: It was the week for a bag of braising greens, knowing full well that greens needed to stay in the fridge a day or two before being eaten and thus the spinach was a bad choice.

Chocolate: Paul from Mindo Chocolates was there sampling some amazing freshly roasted chocolate.  

Ann Arbor Farmers Market report, third Saturday in March 2011

Here's the market report for the third Saturday in March, 3/19/2011, at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.

Eggs were plentiful, $3/doz and up. Donna Puehler from Delta, Ohio who owns Grandma's Kitchen said her chickens were enjoying the out of doors.

The most lovely ornamental I saw were the pussy willows from Jan Upston at Wasem Fruit Farm in Augusta Township.   

Molly Notarianni, the market manager, talked to me about plans for a new Wednesday evening market, which will only feature prepared foods and fresh produce. Molly noted that the expanding local food cart market means that a whole set of new vendors will be at the new market this summer. The market would be a pilot project, running for this summer only to gauge vendor and public interest.

Goetz Greenhouse brought this lovely chard; photo courtesy Karl Rosaen, Real Time Farms.


Real Time Farms is as always a good source of market data and details; see the Ann Arbor Farmers Market page for 3/19/2011 for more photos and vendor information.

The Ann Arbor District Library has an oral history of the Farmers Market, with interviews with a number of vendors.

Edward Vielmetti shops at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market with his son Saul Vielmetti. Reach him at or 734-330-2465.

2009 ann arbor farmers market peaches are in – apricots too

A quick post on my way from the Ann Arbor Farmers Market to work at  It's art fair today, so there will be a zillion people on Liberty Street; the food coop is pretty quiet.

The notable new item at farmer's market today was peaches.  Two vendors, Erie Orchards and Kapnick Orchards, both had peaches for sale – Kapnick had the Flaming Fury variety, and Erie had Garnet Beauty.   Here's what the net has to say about both of these:

"Flamin' Fury" is a line of patented fruit varieties (23 different sorts of peaches) which includes cultivars ranging from PF 1 which matures very early to PF Big George which matures very late.  This list of varieties shows the whole range – most are clingstone or semiclingstone, especially the earlier ones.

Garnet Beauty is a bud mutation of the Red Haven peaches and was discovered in Garnet Bruner's orchard in Ontario.  It's listed as a semiclingstone.

There were apricots at market too – yum.

A bud mutation of Red Haven, this cultivar was selected in the Garnet Bruner Orchard, of Ontario, Canada

saturday Ann Arbor farmer’s market report, u-pick fruit coming up, and what’s in bloom

I was at market on Saturday (yesterday) and kept an eye out for fruit and for new things at market.  Here's some details.

Sour cherries were gone; sweet cherries were $5-$6 per quart.
Both Erie Orchards and Sodt's Berry Farm had blueberries for $40 for a 10# lug.
Basil, $1.00 to $1.25 a small bag, or $10/# (organic).
Grandma from Grandma's Kitchen brought 70 dozen eggs and was sold out at noon.

The U-Pick local report from Mark Charles:

Dexter Blueberry Farm's web site says they'll open on July 20. 

Makielski's raspberry farm says "2 weeks"  (about July 25.)

and the field report from the Buhr Park wet meadow from Andy Brush

Today at wet meadow II, I saw the following in bloom:
  • Bee Balm
  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Yellow Coneflower
  • Prairie Dack (just getting going)
  • Butterfly Milkweed
  • Hoary Vervain
  • Daisy Fleabane
  • Common Milkweed