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Farmer's market to open Saturday

May 9, 2013

PLYMOUTH - Now in it’s 9th year of operation, the Plymouth Farmers’
Market (PFM) opens this Saturday.

Traditionally the Market opens the day before Mother’s Day continues operation through October 10. Shoppers can bring their shopping bags and reconnect with old friends under the magnolia tree.

“Over the last few years the Market has just exploded and that’s a good thing,” said Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter. “I remember being at a Mayors meeting last year and one of the Mayors was bragging about the 12 vendors they had at theirs - a town twice Plymouth’s size. Most weeks we have 35 to 45 vendors at our Farmer’s Market and we’re proud of them all.”

This year musical entertainment has also been planned for each week. It kicks off with Jodie Kallenberg directing the Plymouth Community Youth Orchestra at 9:30 a.m., a warm-up for their upcoming annual spring concert. Local favorites will be returning with Jefferson and Webster Schools choirs under the direction of Bob Pickell as well as Mike Linter, Sentimental Journey and the Marshall County Church Orchestra. New is Randy Jones’ ‘Huckleberry Clamshell’ group and Marcie Prochaska playing dulcimer.

Education continues to be a big player in the scenario in with Master Gardeners assuming a big role. Opening day will feature ‘Treat Your Tree This Year’ to fend off insect invaders. May 18 visitors will learn how to plant a rain garden.

The Market is held Saturdays from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. in River Park Square at Garro and River Streets, east of Michigan. The area is now officially a city park under the management of the Plymouth Parks Department. The last day for the Market is Oct. 12, the second Saturday of the month.

Applications for vendors and not-for-profits are available on the website at www.plymouthfarmersmarket.com or by contacting Tom Keb, Market Manager, at 574-217-5776. Booth space for vendors remains at $10 per week per booth. Not-for-profit booths are free but groups are limited to once a month.

• May 11/Mother’s Day Weekend — 9:30 a.m. Plymouth Community Youth Orchestra; Master Gardeners - Insect invaders of trees/’Treat Your Trees This Year’

• May 18 — 9 a.m. Jefferson and Webster Schools; Bob Pickell Master Gardeners: and ‘Let’s Plant a Rain Garden’, a Discovery School Project

• May 25/Memorial Day Weekend — Master Gardeners: Trees for an Urban Landscape; from 9 - 10 a.m., Marcy Prochaska will play the dulcimer; and Mayor Mark Senter will hand out flags.

(Additional information included in the print edition of The Pilot News.)

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