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Clarkston Farmers' Market opens



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Market Manager Anissa Howard hopes the Farmersí Market will take root in its new location. Photos by Mary Keck (click for larger version)

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David Minnick plays the drum. (click for larger version)

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Local crafts and plants on sale. (click for larger version)
June 27, 2012 - From honey and maple syrup to freshly cut flowers and mushrooms, birdhouses and metal sculptures, teas and all-natural mosquito repellant, there was something for everyone on the sunny opening day of the Clarkston Farmer's Market on June 23.

About 20 vendors lined the parking lot of Renaissance High School where patrons shopped to the beat of drums played by local musician David Minnick. Red radio flyer wagons were on hand for locals to fill with hand-made crafts and homegrown foods.

According to Market Manager Anissa Howard, the event had a "good turn out," and she likes the new location on Waldon road.

"The place feels flat, wide, and spacious" for vendors to set-up and for the market to grow, she said.

In previous years, the event was held in Depot Park. In its eighth year, the market is now at Renaissance, and Howard compares the move to "a plant being transferred. It takes a little while to take root."

Howard looks forward to seeing the market grow and become a place for educational outreach about local foods and gardening. She also hopes to see more vendors, so the Clarkston Farmers' Market "will be different every weekend." In particular, Howard seeks an organic coffee vendor for the early morning crowd.

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Locally grown fruits and vegetables, organic beef, pasties, cookies, and much more will be available every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Renaissance High School until Oct. 13. Check www.clarkstonfarmers market.org.

Clarkston News reporter
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