2012-06-07 / Community

Senior Center

Farmers Market update; Project Fresh coupons still available

If you haven’t signed up for the Project Fresh coupons, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible. The 2012 Manistique Farmers’ Market is open. It opened May 23 at 5 p.m. for the first time.

The Market will be open through June 20 from 5-6 p.m. and June 27 through Oct. 31 from 4-6 p.m. The Market is located at Little Bear West Arena

If you have never been there, you certainly want to check it out. They have done some great improvements to the market this year and are proud to announce that they now have 12 farmers who have joined. I want to share a little information on what you will find at the Market this summer:

• Ed and Jan Wright (Indian Lake Candles & Honey) – Honey and beeswax products

• Jude and Barbara Collins (Kurly Kale Acres) – Lettuce and rhubarb. (Gotta love the name!)

• Nathan Gembel (Nate’s Garden) Variety of greens, possibly beets and broccoli

• Steve and Sandee Uecke (Bella Farm) – Radishes, lettuce, spinach, green onions, rhubarb, variety of baked goods and eggs.

• Belinda Collins – (Collins Farm & Mill) – Flour tortillas, kidney beans, wheatberries and possibly cut flowers.

• Janet Rondeau (Rondeau’s Ruff Acres) – Variety of jams, dried fruit and cupcakes.

• Rick Nims (Bear-A-Villa Farm) – Eggs, ground flours, vegetable plants and garden baskets.

• James Koeune and Linda Kumm (Jim and Linda’s) – Vegetable starter plants and asparagus

• Grace Jones (Double JJ Ranch) – Jams, pies, vegetable plants.

• Matt and Brenda Miotke (High Post Farms) – Eggs, chicken, beef sticks and ground beef.

• Rebecca Brady – Variety of baked goods, including breads, cakes and cookies.

• Theresa Miller (Miss Theresa’s Garden) – Fresh herbs, breads and jams.

Gail Sulander, Registered Dietitian and certified Diabetes Educator with the Sault Tribe in Manistique will be providing nutrition information and education at the Market.

The Manistique Farmers’ Market started in 2010 as a joint project between the city of Manistique and the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Strategic Alliance for Health Project. One of the goals of the SAH is to increase population access to nutritious foods. For more information, visit manistiquefarmersmarket.com

Anyway, back to Project Fresh. If you are age 60 or older and a resident in Schoolcraft County with income guidelines of $20,147 for a single person and $27,214 for a couple you definitely want to drop by the Center. After filling out a very brief application you will be given $20 in coupons to be used at any local Farmers’ Market. What senior doesn’t enjoy fresh veggies? The best time to come to the Center for the Project Fresh is in the morning, whereas the Center isn’t quite so busy. For further information give the Center staff a call at 341-5923.

The exercise classes which have been offered at the Senior Center by Certified Personal Trainer, Bill Pohlman, have been cancelled for the summer months. We are hoping to resume in the fall. Watch for advertising.

Do you have plans of going on the Sept. 12 and 13, overnight Sault-St.Ignace-Hessel Kewadin bus trip? If so, you are encouraged to pay as soon as possible. As of writing this column we are down to two rooms available.

The cost is $77 per person, which includes transportation on the Kewadin Motorcoach, accommodations at Sault Casino, fantastic dinner and breakfast buffets, $50 in coins, $10 in credits added to your Northern Rewards card and $10 in deli vouchers. Thursday is senior day at all Kewadins, where upon showing your driver’s license and card, you will receive an additional $5 on your card at each site (Sault and St Ignace).

On Wednesday you are encouraged to register your Northern Rewards card before you start playing. When you put 50 points on your card, you will receive a $15 gas voucher. This is also double point day.

Bingo will be available on Wednesday with the doors opening at 5 p.m. and play beginning at 7 p.m.

Please, please use your Northern Rewards cards when playing, as this is what keeps the cost of the trip to a minimal. We are given a discount for points played.

We do not put anyone on the list until they have paid. Please, please do not ask! This is due to a problem that we had in previous years.

Don’t forget to add the Senior Centers’ monthly potluck to your calendar on Thursday, June 21. We had a very nice attendance at the last potluck and what a variety of food! Entertainment for the June potluck is Darrell Dixon. He will start at 4 p.m. and dinner will follow at approximately 5 p.m.

Monetary donations were received in memory of Connie Wood from Rita Chartier.

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