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WSU’s Wednesday Farmers Market Opens June 8

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(credit: wayne.edu)

(credit: wayne.edu)

DETROIT (WWJ) – For the fourth consecutive year, Wayne State University will kick off and celebrate the summer season with its weekly Wednesday farmers market.

Members of the university, Midtown and broader Detroit community are invited to visit the Wayne State market and shop for fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, honey, and other farm and food products.

The market opens June 8, and will run every Wednesday from 11 am to 4 pm through October 26. It is located at 5201 Cass Ave., in front of Wayne State University’s Prentis Hall (WSU Business School), across the street from the Detroit Public Library.

This year’s market will feature growers from Detroit and the surrounding metropolitan region, including Brother Nature Produce, Grown in Detroit, D-Town Farm, and the honey guy Rich Wieske of Greentoe Gardens.

Farmers from outside Detroit include the Vang and Van Houtte Family Farms from Macomb County, Holtz Family Farm from Monroe County, and Gibbs Berry Farm from Ingham County.

In June, farmers will offer the season’s early gifts, including lettuce, spinach, and other greens, rhubarb, peas, strawberries, apples, spring flowers and lots of transplants.

Midtown’s own Avalon International Breads will also maintain a stall through the entire market season. Russell Street Deli will offer sandwiches and soups, enabling shoppers to grab lunch even as they shop for dinner.

The Wayne State University Farmers Market accepts cash, the Michigan Bridge Card and Project Fresh and Senior Project Fresh coupons. This year, the WSU One Card is not accepted at the market.

Project Fresh and Senior Project Fresh are state government programs that help pregnant women and children, and senior citizens, respectively, have access to Michigan-produced fruits and vegetables sold at farmers markets.

By participating in these nutrition programs, the Wayne State University Farmers Market supports Michigan producers while also increasing access to healthy food in Detroit.

To provide additional benefits to low-income households, the market will match Bridge Card spending dollar for dollar up to $20 per card per day with Double Up Food Bucks. Double Up Food Bucks are made possible at the WSU Farmers Market through a partnership with the Fair Food Network.

The Wayne State University Farmers Market is a project of SEED Wayne, whose mission is to collaboratively build sustainable food systems on the campus of Wayne State University and in Detroit neighborhoods.

For more information, visit www.clas.wayne.edu.

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