By Florian Cherdron
Meridian Times staff writer
The Meridian Township Farmers’ Market will move back outside on Saturday, May 5. The number of vendors will move back up to around 40 from about 26 that sold goods at the Meridian Winter Farmers’ Market, according to Christine Miller, Meridian Township Farmers’ Market manager.
The farmers’ market has been around since 1974, and some of the vendors have been there since the beginning. Fairview Gardens and Stone Family Farms have been selling their products at the market each year since the market was founded more than 35 years ago, according to Miller.
The spring and summer market in Meridian also brings about a change in the products available.
“We have a lot of new vendors that are going to be coming this year,” said Miller. “A lot of them are vendors that have been participating in our winter market, and have wanted to make the jump to our spring/summer market.”
Among the vendors that are new to the outdoor market this year are Tirrell Farmstead Specialties, Sandy Ridge Farm and Katharo Fields – Sustainable Farm and Gluten-Free Bakery.
Also returning to the outdoor market this year is the Purple Carrot Truck. The food truck, with chefs Nina Santucci and Anthony Maiale, was new to the market last year.
“It’s nice after going week after week you kind of get to know almost all the vendors and it becomes almost a family,” said Santucci. “It’s just a really great environment.”
A number of the vendors are family-owned businesses. One is Williamston Greenhouse & Florist. The El Haddad family owns and manages their greenhouse and flower store and has products ranging from flowers to olive soaps and bread.
“We’re a small family owned business,” said Najah El Haddad. “We put our heart and soul into making the product work out as healthy as possible.”
The market will be open every Saturday from May to October from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Central Park Pavilion on Marsh Road.
The market will also be open every Wednesday from July 11 to Oct. 31.