The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is open to more than only food vendors. On any given market day, you might find handcrafted aprons and jump ropes, local artisan-made body care products or hand-crafted jewelry. One of this year’s new vendors, Roscoe Price, fills his market tables with Watkins products, including spices, extracts, oils, and seasonings. If you have shopped the Fulton Street farmers’ market, you may have seen him as he has been vending there for the past 20 years. In addition to selling Watkins, Mr. Price calls bingo at the senior living community where he and his wife now live.
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. Price moved to Michigan more than 50 years ago to play baseball after a stint in the Marine Corps. He has been married to the same lovely woman for 60 years and counts six children, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren as special blessings.
Mr. Price has much wisdom and many amazing stories to tell. Next time you are at the market, be sure to stop by his table and strike up a conversation. Now that the Michigan growing season is in full swing, you will also find a greater variety of fresh, locally grown produce at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market.
Market hours are Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gerald R Ford Middle School and Friday Farm Stand 3 to 7 p.m. at Garfield Park. The market welcomes Debit Card, WIC Project Fresh, Cash Value Benefits, Summer EBT and Bridge Cards/SNAP. The market also participates in the Double Up Food Bucks program. When you buy your Michigan produce with your Bridge Card, you can receive $2 in purchase tokens for every $1 you spend, up to $20 each time you visit a farmers’ market.