Ann Arbor Weather:
Tuesday October 17, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Market Share

 

continued

Because it's the smallest of the three communities and a relative newcomer to the market scene, Dexter has more trouble attracting farmers early in the season. There just aren't enough early-season producers to go around, so in late May, it relies more on crafts and specialty items to take up the slack, says market manager Brenda Tuscano.

The only real farmer with a large inventory of asparagus, rhubarb, flowers, herbs, and garden plants was Glenn Heim. And Heim was, to be frank, a bit of a grouch on the Saturday before Memorial Day. How's the farming business these days? "Sucks!" was his unembroidered reply. From a customer's point of view, it was a gloriously sunny, if chilly, morning, but Heim was pretty sore about the previous night's frost, which took out some of his asparagus. And market day is a long one: "we get up at two a.m. to load the trucks, and we're not finished until nine at night." While he's in Dexter, his wife, Mary, is at the Plymouth market, and son Kevin, mentioned above, in Chelsea. Glenn softens a bit at the mention of Kevin: "He's the only reason I stay in it. I'm ready to retire."

He softens again at the mention of rhubarb, agreeing that it's pretty rare. "It used to be like a weed. Now hardly anyone grows it." He does and is able to get $3 for a bunch of the tart red stalks.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 ... 6 l 7 l 8 l 9 l 10  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

A Family Story In The Digitized Michigan Daily, by Tim Athan
Fellowship And Service in Saline
Fast Food in Chelsea
The Iraolas' Labor of Love
They worked for a year to get their downtown store ready.
Sabine Bickford
Sprint for Flint
Mark Braun is racing to Mackinac Island by land and lake.
Sandor Slomovits
Nightspots: Oz's Music Environment
Nightclubs
Why Did the Dinosaur Cross the Sidewalk?
The U-M moves its Natural History Museum.
Steve Gilzow
Trace Bundy
The Acoustic Ninja
James M. Manheim
The Shur Mural Project
I Spy: August 2017
Sally Bjork
Regent Hotel
Senior Living Communties 734-677-0071
spark ann arbor