Plainfield Township Clerk Scott Harvey is now processing passport and voter registration forms at the township’s Thursday farm market on Plainfield Avenue. “It is difficult for some customers to be able to visit Town Hall during business hours,” Harvey said. “With the success of the farm market, the clerk and staff have been present at the market every week until 7 p.m. As official United States Passport Acceptance Agents, they will be able to begin processing this week and continue until the market ends October 15. Requirements are available on the U.S. Department of State web site or at plainfieldchartertwp.org. You may also call the clerk’s office at (616) 364-8466. There will also be a special Passport Sunday at the township offices, 6464 Belmont Road, Sunday, October 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Plainfield farm market is from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursdays in the front parking lot of Frontline Church at the intersection of Plainfield and Five Mile Road.
Plainfield Farm Market
Plainfield’s Farm Market was a nice new township event last year. This year it is a smashing success at a new location at 4411 Plainfield in the parking lot of Frontline Church. Old-timers will remember the site as the former location of Meijer offices and once the Meijer discount outlet. According to Plainfield Township Clerk Paul Harvey, the market has far exceeded expectations and passed the goal of 50 vendors. “We first marked out 35 spots [for vendors]. Then had to increase it to 55 and on Thursday, July 16, there were 67 vendors, with many selling out during the 2 to 7 p.m. market hours. Harvey said last year’s market, located across from the township hall in a vacant lot, cost the township some $5,500 dollars, much of that for signs to advertise the market. A fence surrounding the lot and improvements to a bathroom in a township-owned building at the site were also put on the market’s tab. “It was in a nice, quaint place, but it was land-locked and there were concerns about safety with people crossing from the hall parking to the market,” Scott said. This year the market will be in the black with the costs paid for by vendor booth fees, which were dropped by half in order to entice more vendors to attend. Along with market master Katie Karnes, Harvey said he attended seminars offered by the Michigan State University extension in the winter to learn more about managing farm markets. They also visited other successful markets before opening up this year. Harvey said the education has been interesting, and he learned about Department of Agriculture rules for markets and Department of Health rules. The vendors are as pleased as the township officials with this year’s market. Gavin Orchards planted more vegetables than in past years in anticipation of sales at the venue. Jamie Williams of Meant to Bead is a retired hairdresser who began making her own glass beads two years ago. She loves the action of farm markets and likes talking with the people who visit her booth. “Every day is different, that’s what I love about it,” she said. On that blustery day she had to figure out how to keep the wind […]