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Meet the Feminine Farmer

ff-flowers-copy.jpgThis Saturday, May 28, we welcome the Feminine Farmer to the Market.

She is Kim Simmons, the Feminine Farmer, who, with husband Craig, farms 20 acres near Grand Blanc. “Craig and I bought our 20-acre farm in 1997,” Kim says. “We love the life we have built in our small town.”

Kim is no stranger to working the soil. “I have always loved gardening and growing my own food to eat, can and preserve,” she says. “I have outdoor gardens and in the last few years have added three high tunnels, which have been really exciting to grow in.”

She also knows about farmers markets and what they can mean to the community. “I have been participating in a few farmers markets for several years,” she says. “With recent interruptions in food chain supplies, etc. I have started offering a CSA share (Community-Supported Agriculture). I realize that it is very important to be able to get fresh, local, organically raised produce to the people in my community.”

On her website you’ll find lots of CSA options besides the standard medley of fresh produce, including eggs and an all-floral one. And one line of products you don’t see very often from a farm — freeze-dried items. Kim is knowledgeable and pretty passionate about them.

“Freeze-dried foods hold up to 98% of their nutritional value, unlike canning or dehydrating,” she says. “The process takes all of the moisture content out of the food, leaving a very intense flavor and crunchy texture. They make an excellent healthy snack for you and kids, and toddlers love them.”

Her freeze-dried foods include apples, strawberries, peaches, mixed fruit as well as cherry tomatoes, peas, carrots, caramelized onions and Skittles.

Wait — Skittles? Yes, as well as free-dried salt-water taffy and mini-marshmallows.

Kim will be bringing an assortment of her freeze-dried products as well as spring produce including greens. Since her farm already spends time at two other area markets, she won’t be in Farmington every week. So be sure to stop by Saturday to welcome her.

 

Market presents first of three Markets with the emphasis on your health

The emphasis at this year’s Farmers Market is staying healthy. Just look at our logo: “Come to Market — for the Health of It!” This Saturday we welcome the first of three Markets that will focus on health.

The Women’s Business Committee of the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 2022 Health & Wellness Expo at the May 21 Market. Participants include a baker’s dozen of area businesses who emphasize health. They will all have representatives at the Market with information to help shoppers attain or bolster their good health. 

The participants, who will take up all of Market Place street are:

Beaumont Health, Farmington Area YMCA, Beyond Juicery & Eatery, Care By Design Market, APEX Rehabilitation, Mid American Fitness, Direct Hearing, Words of Life 4 Hope/, Viewpoint Psychology, Henry Ford West Bloomfield, Schoolcraft College, The Body Shop, Tri-Covery Massage & Flexibility and F45 Training Highmeadow

The planned program includes stretching, dancing for kids, attaining mental wellness and two cooking demos:

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The other two health events are Fit as a Fiddle on July 30 and Senior Health Day on Sept. 17.

Sponsored by Beaumont, Fit as a Fiddle is designed to be a fun and engaging way to connect with healthful resources in the fresh air during the Market. “We’ve been working towards a platform of fitness, wellness and nutrition,” said market manager Walt Gajewski. “This event does all of that.” In addition to providing direct access to locally grown fruits and vegetables, Fit as Fiddle activities will include a cooking demonstration, Walk with a Doc led by Dr. Joseph William of Farmington’s Williams Family and Sports Medical Center, a casual 5k run led by Farmington’s running Mayor, Sara Bowman, and a variety of other healthful resources. 

Senior Health Day is being developed with the Healthy Oakland Partnership (HOP), whose aim is to promote opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity by collaborating with local community stakeholders and caretakers. Powered by the likes of Beaumont, Henry Ford Health, Humana, the Oakland County Health Department, MSU Oakland County and more, HOP will be partnering with the Market to host our first Senior Health Awareness Day. While supplies last, ALL seniors 60 and older will receive a FREE $5 voucher to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from our Michigan farmers. More details to come!