RED RIBBON: Zilke Farm Kitchen

Photo by Joyce Ervin
Photographed celebrating the opening of Zilke Farm Kitchen at a recently held Red Ribbon Cutting Ceremony are councilwoman Mary Kerkes, councilwoman Ann Gee, city manager, Jade Smith, Mayor Dominic Hamden, Vicki and Tom Zilke, chamber president, Carrie Ritchie, councilwoman Martha Churchill and councilman, Ed Kolar.

By Joyce Ervin

Zilke Farm Kitchen held their Grand Opening recently with a Red Ribbon Ceremony hosted by the Milan Area Chamber of Commerce.
The event brought city officials chamber members and many well-wishers, causing Milan Mayor Dominic Hamden to comment it was the largest turn-out at such a ceremony.
Tom and Vicki Zilke, owners and operators of the Zilke Farm and Vegetable Stand on Carpenter Road, have expanded their business of supplying the community with fresh produce to offering the same with ingredients to prepare healthy meals or to enjoy farm-fresh, ready-to-go healthy choices.
In case you were wondering what to do with all the fresh ingredients in the package, there is a recipe included.  Vicki said, no special skills are required and, “We are giving folks a head start on preparation.”
The kitchen also offers locally collected honey, fresh produce, homemade oat bars, unique kitchen utensils, homemade jams, a variety of vinegars and salsas, crackers, coffee beans from Milan Coffee Works and homemade candles.  Fresh herbs and herbal plants are for sale.
Christine and John Acker attended the celebration with their daughter, Bella.  Christine said, “We are a busy working family and ready-to-go meals are a lifesaver.”
Zilke Farm Kitchen is located 1115 Dexter and hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Closed Sundays.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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