Farmer Markets are opening up all around Michigan indicating that summer has
officially begun. Some of the bigger markets that are inside permanent
structures have been going on all year but it's the outdoor markets I enjoy. I
love seeing the spring vegies on the tables, the colored lettuces, spinach,
swiss chard and the first strawberries. I enjoy watching people milling about
and enjoying the warmer weather.
A Touch of Eden is planning on being at a few market this summer, most regularly at the Allen St Market in Lansing. This is a smaller community market just a few blocks east from the downtown area. They set up in a corner parking area and the folks that run it are very friendly. Each week a different musical group will be performing to add to the atmosphere. This week it was a bluesy threesome with a keyboard, trumpet and cello.
What amazes me is there are three of us that live within a mile of each other outside of Lansing! My two neighbors and I have all lived near each for years. So funny that we all end up at the same place. Green Eagle Farm has been growing organic vegies for many years and Hickory Knoll Creamery, LLC is one of the few working goat dairies in the state. Yes, we have lots of small family goat
farms in our neck of the woods but these guys produce soft flavored cheeses, feta and some hard cheeses.
The Allen St market has a nice variety of vendors including fresh vegies, some herbs and fruit as it becomes available, a great bread baker, organic beef, big yummy cookies, popcorns and more. You can also plan to eat dinner at one of the food vendors chosing from homemade burritos and tamales to egg rolls or some
great organic choices from the Trailer. A Touch of Eden will have a variety of homemade soaps and lip balms and a few dried herbs.
You may also find us in the Jackson area. We may be sharing a booth at times with our friends from Hickory Knoll.
We will have all of basic "flavors" of soap such as lavender, calendula and patchouli along with some of our limited edition beer soaps! So if you are in the Lansing area come on by and check us out. If not, please visit your local farmer markets and support the small family owned businesses and local growers.