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June 04, 2014 - The Clarkston Area Farmers Market opens for a new season on Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., outside the Community Education Building, 6558 Waldon Road.

The market features locally grown produce and products, including onion, garlic, heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, maple syrup, honey, soaps, bath oils and other bath products, sodas, Llama yarn, eggs, free range chicken, grass fed beef, salsas, breads, henna, and hemp, as well as meals on site and entertainment.

The non-profit market supports the local economy, said Linda Torony of Metamora, board member for the market.

"People buy certain things every week, and they like to buy local," said board member Sylvia Ritchie of Davisburg. "It's very social."

Their mission is to support the local food economy, said Louise Kasl of Clarkston, board member.

"We work with vendors to provide a family friendly community market and a venue that is sustainable, meets the needs of the community, educates consumers, and provides a meeting place where people can talk to neighbors and growers," Kasl said. "There's a lot of interest in learning how to eat better and healthier, and a lot of support for the local market."

"It's from the farm to the market in less than 24 hours. That's about as fresh as you can get," Ritchie said.

The market's managing board of local residents also including Les Roggenduch of Oxford, Sharon Matzele of Davisburg, and Sarah Angelini, in charge of operations.

"Contact us if you have question, suggestions, and requests for particular products," Kasl said. "This is a volunteer run market and we are always looking for all sorts of support."

The market runs through Oct. 11, Saturdays. Call 248-505-6848 or email clarkstonareafarmers market@gmail.com.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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