AUSABLE TWP. – After a long and dreary winter, the Northeast Michigan Regional Farm Market in AuSable kicked off their season last Wednesday in front of AuSable Township Hall.
There were nine vendors that attended the cloudy day including Hot Buns Baking, Echo Ridge Farm, Home Baker Jane Johnson, Leeseberg Farms, Bloom ‘n Scents and Morrison Farms along with others. Many of the vendors in attendance last week have been at the market for many years.
One in particular that is prevalent is Johnson. Johnson has been at the Tawas and AuSable markets for a number of years. She sells breads, pies, cookies and jellies. Everything she sells at the market is made fresh and from scratch every week. In order to be prepared for the market, Johnson spends about 18 hours baking.
“I try to change up the things that I make every week,” said Johnson.
She said she started baking about 30 years ago, but she’s enjoyed it since she was a little girl.
“I always like to make pretty pies,” “Sometimes I’ll find a recipe and just experiment with it,” said Johnson.
In addition to baked goods and sweets, residents who took a trip to the market saw farm fresh eggs, jellies and jams, herb plants, soaps, starter vegetable plants and hanging baskets among other things. With the vendors typically changing week to week, it’s difficult to anticipate what the farm market will have to offer every week.
However, as the season progresses, residents can expect to see a wide range of produce from Morrison Farms, Grass & Grain Fed Angus Beef from Leeseberg Farms and farm fresh eggs and chicken from Echo Ridge Farm.
The market is held every Wednesday from May until October at 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The AuSable farm market is held in front of the AuSable Township Hall located at 4420 N. US-23, AuSable.