Abe Lincoln

“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich...strengthen the weak by weakening the strong...bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift...lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves." -Abraham Lincoln

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Old Winery Market 3-17-2012

Come out and enjoy St. Patrick's Day with us
Open from 9AM to 2PM
31505 Grand River Ave
Farmington, MI

This Saturday is a Tea Party with Gingers Tea House.  There are a few tickets still available for the tea party.  Like always you will find fresh produce, meat, eggs and bread.  Plus all the other wonderful goodies the market has to offer.  While you are visiting the market stop and talk with each vendor on the items they are selling.  Learn how the grow, make and what goes into each item.  Something Walmart can not do!

Stop over and visit the Carol who runs Pottery by the Piece.  Carol makes her pottery on on wheel or by rolling the clay out flat.  I have a couple of her mugs and they are so wonderful to have my morning coffee out of.  Plus I have added a couple of the button she makes to my baskets, what a wonderful addition they are.  Carol does not have a Facebook page yet, but we are working on her.

Then stop over and visit with  Michelle from James Creek Sutlery.   Michele and James blend all of their spices, and will work with you in blending some for you.  Check out the flavored salt and vanilla they have for sale.  Have something special in mind they have spice books and will work with you. You can find out when they are at the market by visiting their web page - 

While you are at the market take sometime and walk around this great old building.  Build in 1898, to provide power for the Detroit United Railway.  The power from the plant ran electric street cars and interurban cars, and the street light in Downtown Farmington.  All this before the residents had power in their homes.  The power plant rand from 1900 to 1928.  The LaSalle Winery acquired the building in 1930 adding cement vats for their wine making.  The winery ran from 1930 to 1970 and was the largest winery in Michigan.  The winery was purchased by the St. Julian Winery in 1970.  In the mid 70's the White Family purchased the building and still owes it today.  While you are outside walking around check out the arch doorway on the old loading docks.  Look up high in the sky at the chimney with the staircase running around the outside of the chimney and the doors at the top.  I would not like the job of  inspecting the chimney!  I love how we can re purpose old building for today's use and keep the history of the building alive.  This building gave my Grandparents light and transportation from Detroit to Farmington and now I sell my baskets here on Saturday.  One old building but a part of my family history. 

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