Local artists have transformed gigantic fiberglass apples for display at 20 different farmers markets from Flint to Detroit for a new project, the Michigan Apple Trail.
Supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and secured by Detroit’s Eastern Market and the Michigan Apple Committee, each community participating in the project selected an artist to transform the apple into something unique.
Franklin and Birmingham will both participate in the project set to begin the first market in August and end mid-September when all of the apples will be shipped to Detroit’s Eastern Market for a display and eventual auction.
Regular farmers market attendees may visit the other participating markets to vote for their favorite apple. Additionally, the program has created a passport system allowing attendees to get a stamp at every market they visit and upon receiving the fifth stamp; patrons may enter in a drawing for a special prize.
After the project is complete, an auction and announcement of the winning apple will take place at the Apple Gala, with proceeds donated to the communities’ farmers markets.
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