By Janelle Feliciano
Jacob D’lamater is the owner of Jacob’s Fresh Farm Shares, located north of Chelsea.
He sells natural produce, eggs, and honey, using no herbicide, pesticide, or any other chemicals. As a child, he grew up in a farm, but his parent’s used chemicals and at the time, he didn’t know how harmful they could be.
So when Jacob bought his own property to start farming, a friend of his asked, “why the heck are you going to spray roundup on the food you’re going to plant?” That struck a nerve with him and after that, Jacob has done everything all natural. He proudly admits, “I believe in doing everything the old fashioned way…. I put a lot of time and sweat into my farming.” A method he uses is to plant seeds at different times so that he constantly has a variety of produce available for his customers. Doing his work for five years, he has been selling at his own farm, the Bushel Basket Market in Chelsea, and doing farm shares through Facebook and Craigslist.
The biggest challenge he faces is working the farm by himself along with working a full-time job and owning a business outside of the farm. Finding time to balance the work he does is difficult, however, knowing he is providing produce that is healthy and natural for people, and has no chemicals, or is store bought is what makes the farming business worth it.
The Wednesday Bushel Basket Farmers Market offers folks a mid-week opportunity to shop for fresh and local products at the Palmer parking lot from 2-6 p.m.
Please keep in mind that sometimes the vendors are unable to make the market or the products they plan to have are not available.
Mark’s Farm: maple syrup, cabbage, kale, Swiss chard, kohlrabi, broccoli, beets, sweet onions, cauliflower, shallots, garlic, potatoes, salad cucumbers, green and yellow beans, hot and sweet peppers, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, sun-riped tomatoes.
Golden Fleece Farm: Grass fed beef, patties, ground round, beef patties, beef bones, eggs, steaks, sirloin, ribeye, porterhouse, T-bone.
Kapnick Orchards: Baked goods, produce, fudge, nut butters, bread, donuts, sweet cherries, raspberries, blueberries, transparent apples, peaches, plums.
Stone Hearth Bakery: assorted artisan breads all baked from scratch with no preservatives, hot dog buns, cookies – check out the new sugar cookies, triple chocolate chunk brownies, fruit breads, including red raspberry, strawberry, wild blueberry, apple, cinnamon raison, 4-cheese pepperoni rolls, 4-cheese habanero pepperoni rolls (both two to a pack).
Lutchka Angus: honey, kale, herbs, cabbage, zucchini, summer squash, sweet onions, maybe broccoli, eggplant, redskin potatoes, cukes – large and small, basil, Yukon gold potatoes, corn, hot and sweet peppers, patti-pan squash, sunflowers, zinnias, dahlias.
(Maybe) Kapp Bakery: baked goods, pretzels, zucchini, cukes, green beans, kale, dried herbs.
Family Circle Centennial Farm: honey, microgreens, basil, rosemary and thyme, garlic, gift certificates, T-shirts and bags, carrots, radishes, maybe beets, summer squash, tomatoes, onions.
Needle Lane Farm: kale, chard, lettuce, herbs, (maybe) beets, cucumbers, kohlrabi, green onions, zucchini, peas, carrots, broccoli, basil, sweet peppers, tomatoes, honey, pole beans, yellow squash, fennel.
Pregitzer Farm Market. Herbs, maybe lilies, annuals, combination planters, hanging baskets, veggies, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, beans.
Bordine Farms: cut flowers
Janet’s LLC: cards, jams, nuts, pretzels, dolls, sweets, dried fruit and nuts, Dammit dolls, caramel corn, lemon eucalyptus lotion, herb rub.
HumusFalafil: hummus, falafel and baklava
Country Home Bakery: assorted fruit pies, breads, specialty breads, assorted cookies, cinnamon rolls, fruit coffee cake, jam, crafts, strawberry cobbler, garden signs, muffins (stop by and discover the flavor of the week).
Jacob’s Fresh Farm Shares: eggs
Hanover Craft Meats: pasture-raised, non-GMO pork.
Good Times Kettle Corn: kennel corn
(Maybe) Smith’s Daylillies: day lilies
(Maybe) Elysium Soap: soap
Special Event: Market basket giveaway
As president of the Board of Directors of Chelsea Community Kitchen, I’ve had the wonderful experience of learning what’s involved in the challenge of running a local food business.
While most of you know Chelsea Community Kitchen for our unique and interesting consumer classes, at the core of why we offer these classes is to support local food businesses. We hope our classes help introduce some of them to consumers and showcase the talents found in our community.
CCK wants to educate consumers about the issues our farmers and local food entrepreneurs face and one of the best ways we’ve found is through offering a film for the community to view and discuss. Check out our calendar for the details about this year’s offering on Sept. 29, again co-hosted by Robin Hills Farm.
As an educational non-profit, we also provide educational opportunities for food businesses. Classes like the required food safety training and the recent craft pork butchery workshop provide opportunities for local workers to stay local for their training.
All these activities are the result of our dedicated volunteer board members, current and past, who have done all the work that other established non-profits would have staff to perform. The board has slowly built our capacity so that some of the daily administrative work and behind the scenes coordination is being done by a number of contracted workers, building toward having an employee. In turn, this is making it easier for the board to plan activities and seek the funding to expand programs.
Our most recent success was being chosen to participate in Whole Foods Community Giving day which resulted in funds for increasing contract hours and creating new youth programs.
More activities means more need for volunteers. I’m writing this to ask you to get involved in some way.
Here are a few things we need:
SAVOR fundraising event team: CCK has a signature SAVOR event planned this fall. A team of people will be meeting in the next few weeks to finalize details and make it happen. We’ll need workers at several steps—arranging for a Hops and Beer Tour.
Have ideas for potential programs? Join the program committee to create our calendar, identify potential instructors, and implement classes. Helping with setup and registration at classes lets you get the instruction for free.
Serve beer. We’ve got the opportunity to run a beer tent at the Robin Run in September and need volunteers over 21. You’ll get to attend the event for free. And we’ll need helpers at the dinner and a movie event, also in September.
Design graphics, write articles, update the website and lots of other jobs for people with skills in a variety of fields.
And most of all, we need.
New Board Members. We need 4-5 additional people to serve on the Board of Directors. Skills and knowledge in development, culinary arts, communication, and business management are all welcome. Fresh ideas and perspectives are needed as we move into the next stage of our growth.
Each of these positions require varying amounts of time commitment. The more positions we fill and the more volunteers to serve on the committees, the less time each will take.
Please consider how you can help Chelsea Community Kitchen in the next phase of its growth. Whether it is as a leader in one of these positions or a member of one of the teams or committees working with them, please join us.
For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our current board members will talk to you about your interest.
Monetary donations are always welcome, in addition or instead of your time commitment. Check our website www.chelseacommunitykitchen.org for instructions about donations.
Thank you for your support,
The Sounds and Sights Festival will hold its fourth Chelsea Chalk Art Contest during its line of activities on Saturday, July 30.
Participants of all abilities and ages are encouraged to help transform the concrete below the iconic Chelsea Clocktower, located at 310 North Main St., into vibrant colors and works of art from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Chelsea Area Festivals and Events will present prizes up to $500 in four categories, and spectators will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece of chalk art in four categories.
A “People’s Choice” award will be presented to a first place, and second place winner in each category: $500 first place and $250 second place prizes for Adult Artist (ages 19+), $250 first place and $125 second place prizes for Group, $100 first place and $50 second place prizes for Youth (ages 12-18 years), $20 first place and $10 second place prizes for Children (ages 2-11 years).
“We had a phenomenal response to the chalk contest with over 60 talented artists competing this year,” said Chalk Art Coordinator Denise Cugliari.
The Chelsea Chalk Art Contest event is sponsored by Healthy Smiles Dental of Chelsea and is also made possible by donations of over 100 Sounds and Sights sponsors.
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Chelsea Board of Review will now include Gerald McCormack and Geoffrey Voshel following the City Council’s unanimous approval of their appointments at a meeting on July 18.
In addition, the Chelsea Police Department was given approval to purchase the Lexipol Law Enforcement policy manual and integrated daily training bulletin for about $9,980.
Chelsea Police Chief Ed Toth told the City Council that this purchase will assist the department in staying up to date on the new state laws and best police practices and will include online training for all officers in the department.
“With everything going on in law enforcement,” Toth said, “it’s fluid” and both the Saline and Northfield police departments are also going through this process.
In other business, Chelsea agreed to pay Sylvan Township $75,000 as part of a consent judgment after coming out of a closed session with attorney Steve Joppich.
And, the city is in the first stages of the approval process for Cavanaugh Investment’s LLC (on behalf of Zou Zou’s) for a special assessment as part of the DDA’s REU assistance program.
Zou Zou’s is planning an expansion of its business.
Among the steps involved in the process is the approval of a public hearing for the special assessment request and the preparation of a detailed report that will help set the estimated costs of the special assessment.
To view all of the meetings proceedings, please click here.
(Chelsea Update would like to thank Don Triveline for the information in this story.)
Dominic Triveline, a Chelsea High School graduate and current student at Western Michigan University, recently made national history when he competed in the National Teen Physique Committee National Bodybuilding Championships in Pittsburgh, PA.
In addition to winning the National Championship at Middleweight Division, he won the Overall Teen National Championship.
This is the first time in the history of these championships that a Michigan native was a Teen Overall Champion.
Triveline works and trains at the Portage Powerhouse Family Fitness Center in Portage, Michigan.
(Chelsea Update would like to thank Sylvan Township Clerk Kathleen Kennedy for the information in this story.)
When voters take to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 2, please keep in mind the following information.
- This is a primary election and voters are only allowed to vote for either Republican Party candidates or Democrat Party candidates – but not both.
- If you vote for a Republican candidate and a Democrat candidate, even in different races, your ballot will be “over voted”.
- If you do this in the precinct, the tabulator will reject the ballot and you will have a chance to correct the situation.
- If your absentee ballot is over voted, the tabulator will reject your ballot and there is no way to correct that situation.
- If you have already voted absentee and know you over voted your ballot, you can contact your local clerk to have your ballot “spoiled” and be issued a new ballot.
- Also, as you may have heard, a USPS trailer caught fire in I-94 at the end of last week. It is unlikely that ballots were on the trailer because, per the USPS, they are over-sized and go to Pontiac instead of Detroit. However, there may have been applications on board.
- I would like to remind absentee voters that if they mailed in an Application for Absentee Ballot, they may want to check with their local clerk that it was received.