What better time to go to the farmers market than in the fall! Maybe you haven’t been to the Royal Oak Farmers Market in awhile or maybe you have never been there at all. Royal Oak is fortunate to have one of the best farmers markets in the area. All of the produce sold at the market is from Michigan and much of it is picked the day that it is sold. So you are supporting local farmers and getting fresh food. In addition, the farm stands offer more varieties of produce than if you went to a grocery store and that gives customers more opportunities to try something new. Prices vary but typically vegetables can be purchased at much less than from a grocery store. Who wouldn’t want to save money right now! There are also farmers that sell organic beef, free range chicken, pork, a variety of whole grain flours, dried beans, organic oatmeal, salsa, peanut butters and organic dairy products.
In addition to the fresh produce, many of the farmers are selling gourds, pumpkins, hay bales, corn stalks, ornamental dried flowers and mums. The prices are reasonable and it will put you in the mood for fall decorating.
The Health and Wellness committee would like to invite Northwood families to attend the Royal Oak Farmers Market this Saturday to explore what each of the farmers are offering. I encourage parents and students to ask the farmers questions about their produce like when was the produce picked, what is a good recipe for a particular item etc. As a family, select an item that you have never tried and make it at home.
Busy Bee Orchard is generously donating apples to the class that has the most students visiting the market that day. The apples will be distributed in school on the following Monday. A table will be set up where Northwood students can turn in their name and teacher’s name so that they will be counted as having attended the market. Each person that enters their name will receive a fun “going green” booklet offered by the farmers market. A drawing for pumpkins and gourds will also be happening for students that turn in their names. The market is open from 7am until 1pm and students can come anytime between that time.
Hope to see you all there this Saturday!
Pat Grimes/Health and Wellness