I worried that the second Homegrown Festival would be rained out, as it had been the infamous first year, at Community High School. However, once the soccer game ended, so did the rain. Surprised, Little Brother, his sisters, and I headed down to the Farmers Market with renewed spirits.
I went expecting apples, and maybe some Michigan cherries. But with cornstalks strapped to all the posts, piles of strategically placed hay bales, and twinkling Christmas lights overhead as the day darkened, this was not at all just another market. With a local band at one end and a jam session at the other, the Homegrown Festival had a beat and a rhythm all its own.
Six-year-old Little Brother was entranced by a Tin Man marionette made completely of reused materials at Recycle Ann Arbor. He beat the drums with all the children at Drummunity. He begged for a turn to spin the spinning composter.
Locally made wine from Cherry Creek Vineyard and Winery as well as locally roasted coffee from Mighty Good Coffee attested to the grown-up nature of this event, while the "Keep Ann Arbor Funky" folks and the Free Speech Coffee definitely kept the fair, well, funky. Ann Arbor regulars Produce Station and People's Food Co-op did not disappoint with their selection of beautiful locally grown fruits and vegetables. Zingerman's showcased its Westwind bread--Michigan-grown wheat, Michigan-milled flour, baked at Zingerman's Bakehouse--on a sandwich menu that featured all local ingredients, including Zingerman's Creamery cheese.