Farmington Farmers Market, CARES partner with produce

The Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market this week announced a partnership with C.A.R.E.S. (Community Action Resources Empowerment Services) of Farmington Hills that will bring fresh produce to local residents in need during the market season.

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C.A.R.E.S. Director Todd Lipa, left, meets with Jon (center) and Steven (right) Goetz during a recent Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market. (Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market)

Market master Walt Gajewski connected Steven Goetz of Goetz Greenhouse and Farm with C.A.R.E.S. Director Todd Lipa to arrange for the nonprofit to receive unsold produce. C.A.R.E.S. is looking for volunteers to help load up the truck and take the food to the new walk-in coolers at its food pantry in the former Servant Church of St. Alexander on Shiawassee in Farmington Hills.

“The more than 600 families and over 1,400 individuals who shop at C.A.R.E.S. will appreciate the fresh produce each week,” said Lipa, also a co-founder of C.A.R.E.S. “It’s people like the Goetz Family that help us feed our hungry neighbors.”

CARES Farmers Market partnership
C.A.R.E.S. Director Todd Lipa, left, and Market Master Walt Gajewski (Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market)

“This is another way the market fulfills its mission of providing direct access to fresh locally grown produce,” Gajewski said.

The market also participates in the Senior Fresh, for those 60 and older, and Project Fresh WIC (Women-Infants-Children) food assistance programs. Both are run by the State of Michigan, with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

At this week’s market

The August 24 market will showcase 46 vendors, including new addition The French Lady, who debuted last week with scratch-made quiche, crepes, tartlets and stuffed tomatoes.

“Personally I’m not a quiche guy, but I tried the ham and gruyere and never tasted anything so good in morning!” Gajewski said. “New vendors fuel our vibe and feed our passion for buy local buy fresh.”

Music at the Market features Bob Monteleone, and the Farmington Community Library will run the Little Sprouts tent.

To learn more and find a list of seasonal produce, visit farmingtonfarmersmarket.com