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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Indoor farm market

Erin Cowell - February 1st, 2010
Indoor Farm Market
Winter can’t stop shopping scene at the Mercato
By Erin Crowell
Brick and stone shelter local shoppers from frigid temps at Building
50 of the Grand Traverse Commons. Nestled in the hills on the west
side of town, the old state asylum turned trendy condo/retail site is
now home to an indoor farmers market, happening every Saturday from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Village, a community of shops and restaurants
located on the garden level -- or Mercato -- of the building.
The farmers market is no longer just a summer destination. With so
much focus on buying local, it’s only a matter of accommodation –
hosting vendors year-round in an accessible location, sans weather
conditions.
“The Village is reminiscent of an old-world marketplace where people
engage in meaningful human interactions – a community gathering
place,” says Mini Minervini, marketing director at the Commons.
The winter indoor market is simply an answer to what happens to The
Village’s outdoor summer market once the weather turns south.
You’ll find the same quality goods at this indoor market, along with
all the Village shops of the Commons, including Boutique A La Vie,
Premier Floral, Silver Fox Jewelry, Creation Farm, Gallery 50 and many
more.

THE LOCAL MARKET
“It’s awesome,” says vendor Katie Kearney of Naturally Nutty in
Traverse City. “There needs to be more of this. It keeps the local
market going.”
Naturally Nutty specializes in all types of nut and seed butters
including their butter toffee peanut butter, white chocolate cherry
almond butter, mocha peanut butter and organic sunflower and pumpkin
seed butters, among others.
Kearney is one of several vendors at the Village Farmers Market. It’s
only the inaugural year, but this season has turned out big crowds and
profitable sales.
“The initial response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic… and
three-fold,” says Minervini.
She gives three reasons why.
“One, market-goers’ demands for fresh and wholesome locally-grown and
locally-produced goods, and their enthusiasm in supporting local
farmers do not diminish because of the cold weather. Two, the growing
season isn’t over simply because outdoor markets close at the end of
the summer; and three, the market generates a significant amount of
pedestrian traffic and sales for Village merchants.”
Overall, it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.

EXTENDED SEASON
Local farms like First Fruits of Mancelona make the weekly market a priority.
Every Saturday, Ben and Jed Flynn of First Fruits make the hour-long
drive to Traverse City to sell their fruits, breads and jams.
They still have a few bushels of apples available, ranging from
Honeycrisp and Galas, to Fugis and Ida reds.
“The indoor market allows farmers to extend their season, generate
income over the winter months, and (give customers) their exceptional
winter-variety of produce and products,” says Minervini.
These include free-range chicken and emu, farm eggs, hormone-free and
grass-fed meats and dairy products, fresh baked goods, fruits,
vegetables and so much more, says Minervini.
Some vendors offer specialty products, like Dennetts Gluten Free
Creations in Buckley, who, along with their gluten-free foods, offer
almost completely dairy-free products.
Other vendors include Leelanau Cultured Veggies, Brimmers Honey, Herbs
and More, Ralph Humes Desserts, Natural Northern Foods; among multiple
Northern Michigan farms.

The Village Indoor Farmers Market runs every Saturday through May,
then will move outdoors for the summer season. It is located on the
grounds of the Grand Traverse Commons, 1200 West 11th St. in Traverse
City. For more information on the Village Farmers Market, visit
thevillagetc.com or call 941-1900.

 
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