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Shoppers at the farmers' market. (click for larger version)
June 29, 2011 - Clarkston Farmers' Market is open for business.

The market opened June 18 and runs every Saturday through Oct. 8, except for Art in the Park on Sept. 17. Hours are 8 a.m.-12 p.m., rain or shine, in the Clarkston parking lot across from Depot Park.

It will be open this Saturday, July 2.

"Usually, the market is closed around the Fourth of July for the holiday," said Anissa Howard, market director.

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Items offered at the market include early-harvest greens and produce; Michigan roasted, organic fair trade, and iced coffees; organic grass-fed beef; certified organic eggs and bread; fresh pasta and salsa; Gold Medal red pepper mustard; gluten free products; organic doggie donuts; Henna art; cut flowers; soaps; frozen apple cider slushes and donuts maple syrup; open pollinated organic corn chips; llama and al paca fibers; raw cheese; organic yogurt and ice cream; organic home cleaning supplies; pasties; soy candles; granola; and pies, cheesecakes, and other baked goods.

"We have lots of stuff down here," Howard said.

Lots more is expected as produce comes into season.

"We had a late spring so produce is late," Howard said. "Cucumbers, tomatoes, that's all coming. The main harvest will be here in mid July."

Baskets woven by Baba Atule Ibrahim, master weaver from Ghana, are available.

"It's the last of the baskets – if anyone wants one, better come," Howard said.

Market-goers can also enjoy live music as well as other park activities, such as yoga classes.

"It makes it a cool morning," she said.

At its peak, about 40 vendors will serve about 2,000 shoppers.

Folks can bring their dogs, but they must be kept on a leash, and on the walkway or by the river, not inside booths.

The farmers' market is run by 10-12 community volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome. Also welcome are donations of Radio Flyer wagons, which are used as shopping carts.

For more information, call 248-821-GROW (4769) or email info@clarkstonfarmersmarket. org.

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