The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition-City - Thursday, September 10, 1992 - Page 7
Stephanie Rosenbaum examines
by Travis McR+ynolds
Daily Staff Reporter
One need not travel to Meijer or
Farmer Jack's to buy over-ripe
fruits and wilted vegetables, when
just a few blocks north of campus
the Farmers' Market offers locally
grown produce every Wednesday
and Saturday morning.
Twice a week, in the Kerrytown
parking lot, Ann Arbor and sur-
rounding area farners, bakers,
florists, and arts-and-crafters gather
to peddle their goods from booths
in an open-air market.
From freshly cut asparagus to
sweet-smelling zinnias, offerings
change with the seasons, but rest
assured the local fare is always
fresh, copious, and diverse.
"I like the Farmers' Market be-
cause it is the only place where I
can go, as a student, and buy organ-
ically grown fruits and vegetables
without any pesticides on them,"
Pete Shear, a Natural Resources
senior said. "Besides, I like to sup-
port small town farmers rather than
big industry farmers."
Shear said he likes the variety of
goods available at the market.
"We got a free cat there last
year," he said.
y Local bakers offer a plethora of
baked goods - oven-fresh cheese
. breads, varieties of wheat and rye,
French and Italian loaves, fresh
us at the Farmers' Market.
muffins and coffee cakes are avail-
able in an assortment of flavors and
The Farmers' Market is proba-
bly the only outdoor, covered mar-
ketplace in Ann Arbor where in the
thick of winter, one can buy freshly
pressed apple cider and warm
"I think the market is so cool,
you wake up on a Saturday-morning
and go there. I buy fresh breads and
vegetables, but they sell all sorts of
things, you can find furniture there
and all sorts of crafts," Cliff
Samanieto, an LSA senior said.
Due to time restrictions and their
fast-paced lives, students rarely find
time to travel to a farn to buy fresh
produce. The Farmers' Market is a
way to bring the farm to the city.
"You can't walk through the
Farmers' Market without buying
something," said Dan Ing, an LSA
senior. "It's a great place to find
fresh food from local producers,
Ann Arbor Farmers' Market is
located at 315 Detroit St. Hours of
operation are Saturdays from 7
a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays
from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., May through
December; January through April,
Saturday only. The Artisans'
Market is open Sundays from 11
a.m. to 4 p.m., May through De-
regular grocery stores. For example,
where else can one purchase
Organic Blue Corn Flakes, Veggie
Spritzers, meatless breakfast
sausage, or Ben and Jerry's
Rainforest Crunch ice cream?
The Co-op also carries an exten-
sive selection of herbal remedies
and medicines. Varieties of sea-
weeds, bulk grains and pastas, and
healthy snacks can be found along
side free-range chicken, and dol-
phin safe tuna fish.
"Some of the goals of the Co-op
are to support other cooperative
manufacturers, local producers, and
small business owners," said
Jacobs. "We also carry alternative
chemical-free cleaning products
such as mild soaps, and environ-
mentally safe, biodegradable
Jacobs said one of the Co-op's
major goals is to educate people.
"We offer paper products made
from 100 percent recycled materi-
als, whereas mainstream stores may
A look at prices for basic food items around Ann Arbor
Kraft .93 1.19 1.09 .75 .99 1.09 1.19
Macaroni & Cheese
Yogurt .77 - .77 .75 .79
20oz. Ragu 2.55 2.79 3.09 1.99 2.99 2.89 2.89
Nutter Butters 2.59 2.79 3.19 2.49 2.99 2.89
NOTE: Both Kroger and Meijer, supermarkets located off campus, offer better prices on most items than these on-campus establishments. But to go to either
one, you need a car. Prices are as of early June, 1992.
ANDREW M. LEVY/IDaly Grhic
By You, the
by Travis McReynolds
Daily Staff Reporter
An alternative to the mainstream
grocery stores in Ann Arbor is the
People's Food Co-op. The Co-op
offers a variety of foods not avail-
able from normal food stores.
The Co-op sells organically
grown foods and chemical-free
products. It also offers items with
minimal packaging and environ-
mentally sound methods of
The difference between the
People's Food Co-op and most
other food cooperatives is that the
People's Co-op is open to the pub-
lic. Most other cooperatives are
open to members only and offer
less expensive products to their
members. Members of the People's
Co-op pay $70 for a lifetime mem-
bership which entitles them to a 5
percent discount plus one share and
one vote in the Co-op. Members
who volunteer at the store four
hours a month are given a 15 per-
Specializing in Sze-Chuan, Hunan,
Mandarin Cuisine, and Vegetarian Dishes
* LUNCHEON SPECIALS
11:30 - 2:30
Monday - Friday
Many of your favorite dishes
for about $5.00!
* Half-price Mixed Drinks
* 50o Draught Beer
* Complimentary Snacks
* Daily Specials
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., MONDAY - THURSDAY
open 7 days a week
11:30 a.m.-100 p.m.