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My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including:

My Town: New bistro prepares to open in downtown Zeeland

My Town: New bistro prepares to open in downtown Zeeland

ZEELAND, Mich.—The finishing touches are being added to a new bistro opening downtown this week.

The Elbo Room Bistro will celebrate its grand opening May 2 and May 3.  The bistro, located at 120 E. Main Street, will be open 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.  The restaurant plans to expand its hours once it has a liquor license.

The Elbo Room Bistro is focused on providing whole, unprocessed foods using local sources when possible.  The menu features a variety of foods, including omelets, sandwiches, salads, burritos and burgers.  

My Town Holland: Hudsonville Ice Cream introduces new seasonal flavor

My Town Holland: Hudsonville Ice Cream introduces new seasonal flavor

HOLLAND, Mich.— Hudsonville Ice Cream’s new summer flavor is paying homage to a hot spot in Michigan.

The Holland-based ice cream producer’s new seasonal product is Grand Hotel Pecan Ball, inspired by the famous dessert of Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.  The ice cream features fudge and pecans swirled into Hudsonville Ice Cream’s original vanilla ice cream.  The new flavor will grace grocery store freezers just in time for the Grand Hotel’s summer opening.

Hudsonville Ice Cream teamed up with the Grand Hotel last year to open Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor.  Hudsonville Ice cream is the exclusive ice cream sold at the Grand Hotel and its five restaurants on the island.

Hudsonville Ice Cream began churning up its sweet treats for the Midwest in Holland more than 80 years ago. 

My Town: New restaurants to replace shuttered sports bar

My Town: New restaurants to replace shuttered sports bar

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A new set of restaurants will soon replaced a shuttered sports bar, plagued by police calls.

Gipper’s Sports Bar and Grille was auctioned off last year.  The bar lost its liquor license in January 2012, shortly after two shootings within three months at the bar.

My Town: Holland distillery takes locally sourced products to statewide distribution

My Town: Holland distillery takes locally sourced products to statewide distribution

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Coppercraft Distillery, a Holland-based distiller of quality spirits with a focus on local ingredients and production, has announced the distribution of its gin, rum, vodka and citrus-flavored vodka to the entire Michigan market.

Look for Coppercraft in local retail locations and featured in cocktails at local establishments.

My Town: Holland to be featured in April 1 travel show

My Town: Holland to be featured in April 1 travel show

HOLLAND, Mich.—Family travel expert Colleen Kelly’s trip to Holland will grace the air April 1.

During the episode, Kelly introduces viewers to the activities and experiences that make Holland a tourism hot spot- from making Dutch shoes in Nelis Dutch Village to creating custom t-shirts at Ambrose and doughnuts at Cranes in the City restaurant and bakery.  She also visits the Holland Peanut Store, Windmill Island Gardens and of course, the Lake Michigan beach.\

“It’s always great to see the Holland community through someone else’s eyes, especially when they are traveling with kids. It’s a reminder of the diverse, family-friendly things visitors can enjoy while in Holland,” commented Sally Laukitis, Executive Director of the Holland Area Visitors Bureau. “It was a terrific time with host Colleen Kelly and her family, and we look forward to potential visitors watching the program.”