by Cliff and Nancy Hill Michigan is the second most diverse agriculture state in the nation, and nowhere is that diversity and abundance more apparent than every Saturday morning at downtown Rockford’s Farm Market. “People really appreciate knowing where their food is coming from,” said Rockford City Manager Michael Young. “Rockford was really ahead of the curve when we brought a farm market downtown in 2000. People will flock downtown knowing there is something to flock to.” Ahead of the curve would be an understatement at best. Nowadays cities, villages, townships, DDAs, and chambers of commerce are leaping on board by sponsoring farm markets in their respective communities across the nation. They see no threat to their local business districts and fully realize that farm markets enhance quality of life for their citizens and bring new visitors to town who oftentimes return to frequent newly discovered shops and restaurants. This Saturday marks the last Farm Market day of Rockford’s 2010 season, where shoppers can enjoy fresh locally grown produce and partake in the wonderfully unique fall traditions Michigan has to offer. Think pumpkins, apples, cider, root vegetables, mums, all varieties of squash along with locally produced artisan breads, honey, cheese and jerky. Everything about being at the Rockford Farm Market is about community: fresh locally grown food, people talking, and having fun. Indeed, the Rockford Farm Market has become a social phenomenon. People love the spirit of their hometown market. Most of the vendors that made up the nucleus of the original Rockford Farm Market became regulars and are still with us today. Most practice sustainable farming methods and some are strictly organic. They epitomize the phrase “Know your farmer, know your food.” They have come to know us (Rockford customers) and we them, on a first name basis. We all have our favorite vendors for different varieties of produce, and it’s a joy to watch shoppers move from stall to stall filling their market baskets. The Rockford Farm Market is a “pure” farm market, meaning that only Michigan-grown produce and locally produced foodstuffs are allowed. “From the start the City did not allow craft vendors, because they might be a threat to local businesses, and we did not want a flea market atmosphere,” said […]
October 28 2010
The Rockford Police Department took several larceny-from-auto reports on Monday, Oct. 25. They would like to remind everyone to keep their vehicles locked and secure all valuables such as GPS units, computers and other electronics devices inside their houses. If you see anything in your neighborhood out of the ordinary, please contact the Rockford Police Department at (616) 866-9557. If your vehicle was broken into—even if nothing was taken—please report it to the Rockford Police Department as soon as possible. This report was sent through the new information program Nixle, which sends e-mails or texts to residents when there is news to report. Residents can sign up for Nixle at the City of Rockford website at www.rockford.mi.us. There is no charge for this service.
Last week Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 8:00 p.m., a man posing as an employee of an alarm security company had approached several homeowners, inquiring about their current home security systems and/or their interest in a obtaining a home security system. A vehicle was not seen by the caller. The subject walked up the driveway. The subject is described as a white male, mid-late 30s, average build, five feet 10 inches up to six feet tall, with short brown hair and sideburns. He was carrying a file-type case, and had no brochures or business cards from the security company he was stating he represented. The homeowner had their garage door open and several lights on at the house. The alarm company was contacted and stated that they do not send sales representatives out into the community to solicit their service. If someone comes to your house soliciting an alarm system, please contact the Rockford Police Department at (616) 866-9557.
Fun-Filled cooking workshops designed to educate, entertain Each session opens with lively humorous interaction between Deanna and her audience. Then she cooks and talks, as together they experience quick and easy recipes that are certain to please family members and friends. Samples of the prepared recipes are cleverly packaged and given away in door-prize fashion. Each workshop is tailored for each particular audience. Whether you are a hospital interested in heart healthy cooking, a church wanting to encourage young families to prepare meals at home, or a convention group that needs a memorable presentation, Deanna House keeps your needs in mind as she plans your individualized workshop. House will present “Let’s Cook With Soy” at the Rockford Freshman Center, Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Call Rockford Community Services at (616) 863-6322 to register. Cost is $10 per person. House has been coming to Rockford for the last 15 years to share her holiday foods demonstrations.
Floyd and Sharon (Woodward) Havemeier will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. They were married in Minneapolis, Minn., and now reside in Grand Rapids, Mich. They are the parents of Jeff (Jan) Havemeier, Doug (Barb) Havemeier, Heidi (Joe) Stasiukinas, and Bryan (Jen) Havemeier. Their grandchildren are Kevin (Kellie) Garvin, Andrew Havemeier, Katie (Neil) Gomez, Michael Havemeier, Ashleigh Havemeier, Zachary Pawloski, Hailey Stasiukinas, Nora Havemeier and Brenna Havemeier. A family dinner party will be held on November 13 at Great Lakes Shipping Co. The Havemeiers are the owners of Herman’s Boy Inc. in Rockford and members of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids.