Market Monitor

MARKET MONITOR: Applegarth Honey

Thursday, August 24, 2017

What is "dark honey," and why do you want some? (Good news: once you find out, you can get yourself some at Sunday's East Lansing Farmer's Market.)

MARKET MONITOR: Owosso Organics

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The couple behind Owosso Organics started out with “a postage-stamp garden at our rental property in 1978." How did their garden grow? ELi's Ann Nichols has the dirt.

MARKET MONITOR: Droscha Sugarbush Syrup

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Maple syrup doesn't really run in the blood of this family of East Lansing Farmers' Market vendors...we don't think. Ann Nichols has the story.

MARKET MONITOR: Wooden Shoe Herb Farm

Thursday, June 29, 2017

How did a woman with two degrees in chemistry become a Farmers' Market vendor specializing in all things herbal? Ann Nichols reports.

Market Monitor: Circle F Ranch

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jacob Farley of Circle F Ranch has roots in farming that go back decades, a commitment to sustainability, and a really full schedule. Ann Nichols reports.

Market Monitor: Asparagus

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The East Lansing Farmer's Market opens for the 2017 season on Sunday, June 4, and it's a safe bet that you'll find some asparagus for sale. ELi's Ann Nichols (who is totally biased in favor of asparagus) gives you some ideas about what to do with those tender, green spears.

Market Monitor: Romanesco Broccoli

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Note: this article originally appeared on October 11, 2014, but the Romanesco is back again this year. 

Currently available at the East Lansing Farmers Market, Romanesco broccoli seems to be a space alien among the squash and apples. Growing in bright green spirals that resemble sea creatures, minarets, or tiny pointed firs on an island, it is actually an edible flower in the Brassica branch of the mustard family. Brassicae include the more familiar cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

Market Monitor: Titus Farms

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Photo: Rose and Paul Titus 

Titus Farms is a small, sustainable farm in rural Ingham County, just outside of Dansville. The farm, a fixture at the East Lansing Farmers Market, is owned and run by Paul and Rose Titus and their daughter Rebecca, who says that, “along with my dog and kitties, we grow almost 40 different kinds of veggies that we’ve selected over many years of experimenting.”

Market Monitor: Jenny's Sweets & Treats

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Jenny’s Sweets and Treats has something for everyone, whether you really want just to indulge in a tiny, two-bite sea salt and caramel cupcake or homemade jam for your toast. There are vegan and gluten-free options too, so…really something for everyone.

“Sweet Jenny” is Jennifer Rusnock, who grew up in Lansing but now lives in Munith, MI. She’s been married to her husband Steve for ten years and “has three amazing kids” aged seven, five, and two.

MARKET MONITOR: Owosso Organics

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Owosso Organics' Richard Bowie at EL Farmers Market

The flowers seem to beckon you into Owosso Organics’ long, narrow booth at the East Lansing Farmers Market. If and when you get past the lisianthus, zinnias and other floral offerings, you’ll find organic herbs, kale, chard, tomatoes, salad mix and more.

MARKET MONITOR: Applegarth Honey

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The East Lansing Farmers' Market has been featuring a product I've never had before, but I've become addicted to: dark honey, produced as a byproduct of processing beeswax. Beekeeper Dale Woods runs Applegarth Honey. Slogan: "we serve the queen." He appears weekly on Sundays, 10 am - 2 pm, in Valley Court Park.

MARKET MONITOR: Wildflower Eco Farm

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Behind the colorful, hand-drawn signs and the bundles of kale and garlic scapes of Wildflower Eco Farm is Philip Throop, a man who has dedicated his life to helping things grow.

MARKET MONITOR: Give Peas a Chance

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Peas get a bad rap. Children hide them under the mashed potatoes. They are crammed into cans where they become something resolutely un-fresh, losing their shape and their earthy-sweet taste. They deserve better.

Fresh peas are currently appearing at the East Lansing Farmers Market, and they are (really) something to be excited about. Because they prefer cool temperatures, their season ends when Michigan summers rise into the 80s on a daily basis, so the window is narrow.