2016-10-13 / Life in Leelanau

Leland Public School hosts 10th annual Indoor Farmers Market


ABOVE: BETH Osorio’s kindergarten class samples the wares last Thursday at the indoor farmers market held at Leland Public School. BELOW: Leland student Carmella Valentine shows off a flower she picked out. Photos: Cheryl Robinson ABOVE: BETH Osorio’s kindergarten class samples the wares last Thursday at the indoor farmers market held at Leland Public School. BELOW: Leland student Carmella Valentine shows off a flower she picked out. Photos: Cheryl Robinson Leland Public School teamed up with MSU Extension and various county growers last Thursday in holding the 10th annual Indoor Farmers Market.

The event gives growers a chance to teach students about local agriculture and reach families that may not visit farmers markets in Leelanau County.

“We’re basically just spreading the word about local food and teaching kids about agriculture,” said Rob Sirrine, community food systems educator at MSU Extension.

Classes are rotated into the gym at different intervals throughout the day, giving kids of all ages a chance to sample or purchase products to bring home. The event is open to the public.

Among those making an appearance was Leelanau County Administrator Chet Janik, who was immediately asked to try out the “smoothie bike,” a bike with a pedal-powered blender behind the seat.

Sirrine said midway through the four-hour event that traffic was steady.

“It’s been awesome,” Sirrine said.

He said Suttons Bay Public Schools may host a similar event this year.



ABOVE: MSU Extension staff members (from left) Rosali Collier, Jane Rapin, Annette Kleinschmit, Michelle Ferrarese, Caitlin Lorenc and Rob Sirrine come together for a mid-afternoon photo with a chicken named “Comet.” RIGHT: Leelanau County Administrator Chet Janik tries out the “smoothie bike.” Photos: Jay Bushen ABOVE: MSU Extension staff members (from left) Rosali Collier, Jane Rapin, Annette Kleinschmit, Michelle Ferrarese, Caitlin Lorenc and Rob Sirrine come together for a mid-afternoon photo with a chicken named “Comet.” RIGHT: Leelanau County Administrator Chet Janik tries out the “smoothie bike.” Photos: Jay Bushen

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