The Dexter Farmers' Market will help usher in spring and mark the beginning of the growing season when it opens its sixth season on Saturday at 8 a.m.
The market, located on Alpine Street near the , will also celebrate Mother’s Day by providing a free craft for children ages 12 and younger. Children will have the opportunity, while supplies last, to paint a flower pot for their mom. A flower is included with the pot. The craft is sponsored by Body Wisdom Massage Therapy of Dexter.
According to Assistant Village Manager Courtney Nicholls, the market's vendor slots are full.
“So far, we have received enough applications to fill it, which is very exciting,” Nicholls said.
Market shoppers will be delighted to see the wide variety of offerings this season including baked goods such as cupcakes, pies, cookies and breads. Vendors will also sell honey, jam, eggs, maple syrup and chocolates as well. Some of the non-edible items available all season include woodwork and knitted items.
One of this season’s vendors, Janet Brown, has been selling her products at local farmers’ markets for 10 years. She said she is looking forward to the new season.
“Dexter’s market is really starting to grow…I think the town is becoming more aware of our existence,” Brown said.
Her year-round products consist of dry rubs for grilling and baking as well as spice and herb blends for cooking and dips. She also creates and sells greeting cards, jams and jellies, a variety of nuts and, if weather permits, chocolates.
“I enjoy everything I sell because I have a variety and really do not get tired of making the stuff. I have fun and try to have something new each year,” she said.
Produce season begins closer to July. Nicholls expects to have at least 10 vendors at the market selling locally grown, fresh produce.
“The simple fact is that the people selling are local growers and the food is not treated with nasty chemicals,” resident Lea Augustine said.
Market hours are Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m.
“We really want to emphasize that also have a market on Tuesdays. We are always looking to increase participation in Tuesday’s market by both vendors and customers,” Nicholls said.