The new village green

. October 23, 2012.

You’re probably aware of Dixboro Road (on the northwest side of Ann Arbor), but did you know there’s actually a village of the same name only a fifteen minute drive? And that it has a lovely green with a historic schoolhouse?

You and your family can experience it every Friday evening through October. Start with dinner al fresco: The Dixboro Farmers’ Market offers smoky barbecue courtesy of the Hickman Hotel Chuckwagon and live music with a Celtic flavor via Vintage Strings of Ann Arbor. Be sure to bring your shopping bag as well. Healthy baked treats, including gluten- and sugar-free goodies, are offered alongside beautiful, just-out-of-the-garden produce from a variety of local farms, fresh eggs, free-range turkey and chicken, and a huge variety of fresh pasta and sauces — and that’s just the beginning. The vendors are ready to tell you about their wares. No pressure, just smiles.

“It’s all about food, and it’s all about local,” says Jason Gold, an organizer and contributor to the market. It’s also all about a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of the weekend, as well as the riches that grow (practically) right under our noses. Visit the market to make a crisp October Friday a night to remember.

Open Fridays 3:30-7:30pm. 5221 Church Rd.