Farmers Market Grand Opening

Photo by Joyce Ervin Shannon Scott enjoyed activities with her children, Megan and Nicholas Horkey, at the Farmers Market

Photo by Joyce Ervin
Shannon Scott enjoyed activities with her children, Megan and Nicholas Horkey, at the Farmers Market

By Joyce Ervin

If there were ever a doubt that the Tolan Street corridor wouldn’t make a good town square for community activities, it was thwarted on June 19 with the successful grand opening of the Milan Farmers and Artisans Market.
People leisurely looked over vendors wares, took part in activities and purchased fresh produce, eggs and plants.  Joe Ray of Platt Road Nursery brought vegetable garden plants and flats of flowers to sell though his greenhouse is full of patio plants, hanging baskets, herbs and perennials too.
Chris O’Keefe and Chelsae Charlesworth of Farm Fresh Organics, located on Judd Road, brought early season produce to include onions, herbs and greens.
  Chef Steven Montesanto who runs a non-profit food truck business, Stewards for Strangers, used their fresh veggies to top his smoked chicken and shrimp tacos that were for sale with proceeds going to disaster relief and the hungry.
Montesanto said he would be on hand regularly to offer great tasting food made with fresh products.  Judging from the line to the serving window, the tacos must have been tasty.
The parks and recreation department entertained youngsters.  Director Ellen Bell and helper, Councilwoman Ann Gee, supplied crayons, markers, glue sticks and bookmarks to be decorated just in time for Father’s Day giving. 
Also available at their station was information on other department summer happenings to include both the Movie and Concert in the Park series.
Picnic tables allowed seating and space for eating.  Several purchased pizzas from Hungry Howie’s that’s located on the court and the Open Door Boutique, also located on the court, kept their door open for guests to visit and see some unique merchandise.
City Council passed an ordinance recently deeming the Tolan Street area be used for community functions and a gathering place for a town square. If the market was any indication of how well residents enjoyed the space, perhaps they made a wise decision.
The market will be held each Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website on the City of Milan Facebook page.

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