Dearborn Area Chamber Announces Market Grand Opening

Vendors at the Dearborn Farmers and Artisan Market in Downtown West Dearborn engage local patrons. This year’s market will open on Friday, May 30, 2014 with a celebration of spring and run through October 17, 2014.

Vendors at the Dearborn Farmers and Artisan Market in Downtown West Dearborn engage local patrons. This year’s market will open on Friday, May 30, 2014 with a celebration of spring and run through October 17, 2014.

Continuing the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce initiative to enhance the West Dearborn Downtown Business District, the 2014 Dearborn Farmers and Artisans Market will begin with several engaging and fun activities on Friday, May 30th, 2014 with a kick-off celebration of spring. Besides past vendors of flowers, baked goods, jewelry and wooden crafts, the market will offer new vendors of many types including wineries with wine tasting, olive oil, and assorted teas.

The Market, sponsored by Oakwood Healthcare, Henry Ford College, Bangkok 96 Thai Restaurant, the City of Dearborn, and the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, will open on May 30 with a ribbon cutting at 10 am with Dearborn Mayor John O’Reilly, Jr., followed by a Dueling Chefs presentation from Dorsey Schools at 10:15 am. Other exciting events that day will include a Detroit Farm & Garden Workshop at 11 am, a Pewabic Pottery Demonstration at noon, a Fairlane Club Sushi Demonstration at 1 pm, and an ice carving display from the Henry Ford College Ice Carving Club. Free blood pressure checks from Oakwood Healthcare will be available throughout the day.

The day’s events will also include live entertainment by John Smith & Da’Ja, a local jazz group. Food trucks will be on site, including The Shimmy Shack, Treat Dreams, Binky’s Hot Dogs, Concrete Cuisine, and Pazzalolo’s Gelato. As a special gift, the first 250 visitors on May 30 will receive a free reusable shopping bag, courtesy of PostNet Dearborn.

Most of last year’s Michigan farmers, artisans, and vendors will again provide a wide variety of quality offerings in a community gathering in the parking lot behind Bryant Public Library, located at Michigan Avenue and Mason, every Friday.  The market has hours of 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through the 17th of October, but will be closed on July 4.

“I am thrilled about the added activities and special attractions at our 2014 Farmers & Artisans Market, particularly those that are scheduled for our grand opening on May 30,” commented Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce President Jackie Lovejoy. “These activities are a perfect and exciting complement to our carefully selected vendors who will be selling seasonal Michigan produced farm products and baked goods, cheeses, meats, art, soaps, salsas, jams and jellies, and woodworking products.”

The market will introduce a number of new vendors during the 2014 Market Season and will continue to provide a mix of children’s activities, sponsor tents with clinics and screenings as well as special appearances and chef demonstrations.

“As in previous years, local grade school teachers will bring students to the market for class projects, to learn money management, and the importance of healthy foods,” Lovejoy added. “Additionally, the Dearborn Farmers and Artisans Market will continue to offer the Double Up Food Bucks EBT program for qualified participants as well as the Project Fresh and Bridge Cards.”

For more information, please visit the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce online at www.dearbornareachamber.org or by phone at 313-584-6100. You can also visit the Farmers Market website at www.dearbornfarmersartisansmarket.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DearbornFarmersArtisansMarket. Be sure to follow the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook at facebook.com/DearbornAreaChamber, on Twitter @DbnAreaChamber and the Chamber website for all the latest Chamber news and events.

The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce provides 600+ members with the opportunities and resources to engage and network with other businesses, enhancing financial growth, professional development, and the ability to contribute to a thriving community environment.