Fresh idea to sprout in Dryden
New weekend flea, farmers market to open on May 26th
May 16, 2007
DRYDEN — Like good deals? Fresh food? Trying something new right in your own hometown?
You can get all that and maybe more every weekend when the Dryden Flea and Farmers Market kicks off on Memorial weekend, running from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. all three days at the field alongside Stan's Place storage on Dryden Road just east of downtown.
Organizer Stan Roszczewski says the idea's been tossed around for a couple of years now, and he decided it's time to get it off the ground. The market will run every weekend through October.
"We're going to have all of the things you'd expect at a farmers market, locally grown veggies and things, and a lot more," Stan says. "We'll have vendors with tools, clothing, whatever anyone has to sell. We want to get it going and hope it really takes off."
Citing the Armada Flea Market as an example, Roszczewski believes the potential for meeting the same success in Dryden is great.
"Macomb County has the Armada Flea Market, Lapeer County doesn't have one," he says. "I think we can get it on its feet and people will respond."
Another unique feature of the new Dryden Flea and Farmers market is the 'Car Corral,' Roszczewski says. Inside the 'corral,' will be cars, motorcycles, boats, ATVs and the like that are for sale. Roszczewski hopes the corral will expand to include lawn tractors and other equipment.
Roszczewski says he hopes the market will inject some new life into Dryden and motivate people to support the community.
"We want to try to do something to uplift this town," Roszczewski says. "So far, people are talking about how excited they are already. We know we'll go through some growing pains, but the more the word gets out the more it will become known."
Depending on the visitor response, the 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekend market hours may also be expanded as the season progresses.
Anyone interested in table space may call Roszczewski at 810-796-9779.
"We want to bring something into town to draw people in," Roszczewski says. "We think it's a good thing to do."