The French Market in Albion often takes place on the second Saturday in June, at Stoffer Plaza. The images below are from the 2017 event. Visit the Google Calendar of big Albion Events to learn more about the French Market, and more.
Albion’s French Market is a relatively new event. The 6th annual Albion French Market took place on Saturday June 10, 2017 at Stoffer Plaza. Dozens of vendors were there, as well as many of the usual Farmer’s Market Vendors. In recent years the French Market has become a place for musicians, artists, and chefs to share their arts.
May 2017- General Guide, along with the Recorder Newspaper – will be honoring the Oldest Mother who raised her children in Albion during Albion Week – the week after Mother’s Day. We would like more names of any mother who was born before 1927 who raised her children here. We will be writing some of their story, as the family would like to share with us. There is a form here to submit to the Recorder for this special feature. There will be some prizes and special recognition for this mother. We hope to have this an annual event, and to get the story of Albion’s involvement with Mother’s Day out to a wider region also. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FORM OR LOOK IN THE RECORDER – DURING EARLY MAY –
Albion’s Mother’s Day Founder, Juliette Calhoun Blakeley is described on a historical marker behind the library. Few people know that Juliette was also very involved in the underground railroad. Her home was one of the Underground Railroad Stations.
From Frank Passic’s history:
“The original Blakeley home stood on the southeast corner of W. Cass and S. Clinton Sts., the present site of a city parking lot across from the fire station. Mrs. Blakeley allowed her house to serve as one of the local hiding stations for the so-called “Underground Railroad” which transported fugitive slaves to safety in Canada. The entire Blakeley family was involved in the operation out of their home. The family would hide the fugitives in the bottom of their wagon under bags of grain, or covered with ears of corn, and transport them along the predetermined route.
Julia’s son Charles Blakeley (1852-1935) often served as the driver. On one particular mission when he was accompanied by his father, Charles was held up by slave catchers who, in their search for fugitives, poked long sharp sticks through a visible bottom coop-type area covered by grain sacks, located under the wagon. They found no one however, because the slaves were hidden higher up under the main portion of the wagon. The artificial coop had been purposely placed there to distract the slave catchers.”
“The Food Hub is designed to be a multi-purpose center with an emphasis on generating food-related businesses from the shared-use kitchen,” says Florence. “We’ll serve as an initial home base where small businesses can develop. Additionally, fresh local foods will be sold in the Fresh Food Market year- round, including produce, fruits, dairy, processed meat, honey, jam, vinegars, maple syrup, and hopefully, many other items.”
According to Peggy Sindt, the AEDC’s President, “Supporting food entrepreneurs is a natural extension of the Albion Economic Development Corporation’s long-standing business incubator, which has helped start several manufacturing businesses and supported a technology company. I am excited to think that our commercial kitchen will be the setting for producing great local food products for all of us to purchase and enjoy! Undertaking this initiative in partnership with the Albion Community Foundation and other local groups will be a win-win for Albion.”
“Another program component,” says Florence, “will be space for a ‘winter farmers’ market,’ or at least a fresh food exchange market during the cold months. We have garage space in the rear of the building which can be heated on market days so that buyers can have access to fresh, healthy, food directly from the farmer.” The market will be able to accept SNAP benefits, Project Fresh coupons, and Michigan Double-Up Food Bucks.”
Above, Chef Joe of the Albion Malleable Brewery has been busy testing recipes in the commercial kitchen of the Albion Food Hub.
The official Albion Farmers’ Market flier is above. You can click on it to access the pdf file that can be printed out and posted around town.
We will also post an interactive map of how to get to Stoffer Plaza, home of the Farmer’s Market, below.
Albion Farmers’ Market started up its outdoor location for 2017 on Saturday May 6. Saturdays only in May 2017, and the Saturday hours are 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. A message from the Market Director: “Thanks for all the vendors and customers that came to see us today! Next week it’s going to be even better! 🙂 We had eggs, maple syrup, chicken, pork, garden plants, flowers, baked goods, rhubarb, kale and cilantro! We also have beautiful handmade blankets and dishcloths.”
Visit Albion Farmers’ Market on Facebook by clicking this link:
Important reminder – Superior St is closed, but Cass and Erie Streets will be OPEN for the foreseeable future, so you can still access the Farmer’s Market. Come down Clinton St and turn left on either Cass (for the north entrance) or Erie (south entrance), go past the tattered remains of Superior St, and come on down to Market Place!
Note about photo at top – that was actually a Farmer’s Market in 2016.
Albion Farmer’s Market and Albion Food Hub is the major sponsor of General Guide XXIV – The Local Food Edition. We will be featuring more information about Eating Fresh and Buying Local throughout the year.