General Guide to Summer Outdoor Fun

 

The General Guide showcases cultural places and events along the I-94 corridor between Battle Creek and Jackson, including Albion, Marshall, and Homer.

The primary focus of the Guide is to build bridges between Albion and Marshall by sharing information that welcomes people into each community.

Since gasoline prices are a bit higher this year than they were a year ago, many families are opting out of larger vacations and going on day-trips along the I-94 corridor for fun and entertainment. The General Guide can help to figure out what places to go to on what day. The Guide is designed to be posted on a refrigerator showing the three months calendars and art of “Summer in the City” as the banner design.

Summer in the Cities banner for General Guide XXXII shows events in July, August, and September in Calhoun County Michigan. These include the Field of Flight and Balloon show in Battle Creek, the Battle Creek Bombers, Albion Recreation Department, Marshall Blues Fest, Kanoe the Kazoo, Calhoun County Fair in Marshall, Yard Sales, Cruise-ins, Swingin at the Shell, Back to School including Albion College with the Equestrian Center, Briton Eight, 5K runs, and Marshall Public Schools.

One of the most exciting recurring events this summer is the 15th anniversary season of “Swingin’ at the Shell,” the free concert series at the Victory Park bandshell on Sundays at 6 p.m. This ongoing event goes from mid-July through mid-September and features top local music bands that play original and cover songs.

Many people in Michigan know about the Mackinac Labor Day Bridge Walk, but the Albion Labor Day River Trail Walk over the Bridge is also gaining in popularity. This event starts in Victory Park at 10 a.m. on Labor Day and will be promoted more as the big day draws near. The walk is open for people with all levels of mobility.

Jolly Green Junction

 

Local gifts for every season including honey, maple syrup, local eggs, beef and pork from Blight Farms, and much more.

Holiday gifts, pumpkins, morels, fresh and dried.  Cards from Michigan Prints are also available.


 

Hundreds of annual & perennial plants. Seeds, roses and garden ornaments. Christmas decor. A season for each. Morels and U-Haul, too.

Visit Jolly Green Junction’s website:

jollygreenjunction.net

Visit Jollly Green Junction on Facebook

 


Thank you to Jolly Green Junction for being a sponsor of the Local Food Edition of General Guide since 2015.

Blight Farms Local Meat

Blight Farms has been a sponsor of the Local Food Edition of General Guide since 2015.

Visit Blight Farms on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/BlightFarms/

Blight Farms is a family owned and operated crop and livestock farm in Albion, Michigan. We are proud to raise beef and pork to feed our local communities as well as those abroad.

Meat from Blight Farm is available in small quantities by visiting Jolly Green Junction.  If you would like to purchase larger quantities and selected cuts, please contact Blight Farms to arrange a visit.


 

Thank you to Blight Farms for being a sponsor of three Local Food Editions of the General Guide, from 2015 – 2017.


Also from the Blight Family is the Air BNB

Verna House Bed & Breakfast – Four-bedroom home in the country near Albion College and North Country Trail. Sleeps up to 7. Top ratings on Air BNB.


 

Albion Food Hub & Farmers’ Market

The sponsor of the Local Food Edition – May and June, has been Albion Farmers’ Market and Albion Food Hub in recent years.


From the Albion Community Foundation website on this link:

http://www.albionfoundation.org/food/profiles_albionfoodhub.php

“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.


Albion Farmers’ Market takes place on Saturdays year round.  In the warmer months, the market takes place at Stoffer Plaza.  In the cooler months, there is an indoor Farmers’ Market inside the Albion Food Hub.  Visit the Albion Farmers’ Market on Facebook by clicking here.


The Albion Food Hub and Albion Farmers’ Market sponsored the Local Food Edition General Guides in 2016 and 2017.

Albion Farmers’ Market 2017

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:

https://www.facebook.com/albionmifarmersmarket/

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.

 

Blight Farms

Locally raised pork and beef is available from Blight Farms and also at Jolly Green Junction.

Blight Farms has been operating in southern Michigan since 1965 and are committed to employing sustainable agricultural practices.

www.BlightFarms.com

Blight Farms is one of the sponsors of the General Guide Local Food Edition.

Indoor Farmers Market

Albion’s new Indoor Farmer’s Market

maple_syrup_baked_goods_900pxAlbion now has an indoor Farmer’s Market that begin in November 2016 on most Saturday mornings 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. from November until the end of April. The Albion Indoor Farmer’s Market is located at the Albion Food Hub, 112 E. Erie Street, near Subway and Homestead Savings Bank.  To shop at the indoor Farmer’s Market, park behind Homestead Bank, near the Albion District Library.  You will see the Albion Food Hub back door.

This indoor market happens on Saturdays when the weather is too cold for the outdoor Farmers Market that takes place at Stoffer Plaza. Click here to learn about the summer Albion Farmers’ Market.  Much of what’s happened for the Farmer’s Market and Food Hub was made possible with the help of the Albion Community Foundation.

Some of the items at the Farmers’ Market:

  • Fresh baked bread
  • Other baked goods
  • Farm eggs
  • crafts
  • vegetables
  • greens
  • Michigan maple syrup
  • Michigan honey

 

More photos from one of the first Albion indoor farmers’ market are below.

Here is the official website for the Albion Farmers’ Market.

Here is the official Facebook page for the Albion Farmer’s Market with more up to date information.