The Elberta Farmers Market opens its 2017 season on May 18 at 8 am, and you’ll be all ready for it with the first-ever Elberta Farmers Market Calendar! On sturdy, glossy cardstock, this one-page calendar poster is perfect for your kitchen wall or refrigerator, and will keep you posted on market days and times and what’s in season every week. It even has space for sticky notes about other things you have to remember. For just $5, you can support the market and have a beautiful reminder of one of the best things about Elberta in the summertime. Get yours now and start planning all the great meals you’ll make with local produce week by week, from our hands to your table. So many thanks to Parks & Rec member Jason Soderquist for the wonderful graphic design and production work! Call market mistress Sue Oseland (231) 383-5904 or Emily Votruba (231) 399-0098, or stop by the Village office.
It’s spring cleanup time in the Village! New this year: CURBSIDE scrap metal and *appliance* pickup, as well as car batteries and marine batteries. If you have some of these items ready to go, kick ’em to the curb Saturday, May 6, before 9 am. As for the rest of your junk, take it down to the Village garage between 9 and 2. If you aren’t physically able to haul your stuff away, Sue Oseland will be driving a truck around on that day. Also, the Village needs some help down at HQ coordinating dropoffs, etc., so if you’d like to lend a hand, call the office at 231-352-7201. Village residents only, $25 per pickup load.
Grow Benzie continues its project of greening up the county with several spring events. Now is a great time to get your gardening synapses firing, and GB is going to hook you up to a clean power source.
This coming Tuesday, April 11, it’s the State of the Small Farms Dinner at 6 pm, where you can eat delicious food prepared by the Northern Michigan Culinary Arts Community chefs as you learn what our local growers are up to and thinking about. Learn more on Facebook!
The next Tuesday, April 18, earth genius Craig Schaaf continues his lessons on Building Healthy Soil to get the maximum nutrition out of your growies this year and in years to come. This class is potluck enabled and costs $15 to attend.
Save money on trash disposal by setting up a compost pile in your yard—Grow Benzie can show you how. And if you’d rather not do it in your own yard, you can take your waste food to Grow Benzie and return later to retrieve compost that’s ready for mixing into your garden soil!
Benzie Composts holds their annual compost pickup night for finished compost on Tuesday, April 25 at 6 pm. You can come and get yours if you’ve already been participating, or see what the deal is. People who have been dropping off food scraps for the past year will be getting a 5 gallon bucket of ready-to-mix, delicious black gold.
Local compost specialists will be talking about their experiences, along with a vermiculturist or two—someone who speeds up their compost production with the help of red wiggler worms.
This year’s Benzie Composts event will also include a potluck dinner and seed exchange. So if you’ve been collecting seeds and don’t really want to plant 5,000 kales, maybe you can trade for some squash or something you’ve never tried to grow before. —Emily Votruba