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Happening now: Strawberry Festival at Allen Farmers Market

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WEDNESDAY, June 19 — Strawberry limeade, strawberry baked goods and even strawberry tattoos are featured at Allen Farmers Market’s annual Strawberry Festival, which lasts till 7 this evening. The fruit is at the height of its Michigan season and farmers from across greater Lansing will reap their harvest for the event.

“The Strawberry Festival is a very exciting time of the year,” Allen Farmers Market manager Julia Kramer said. “I will say that it has been hard on strawberries and farmers this year. The cold and wet spring really affected peoples planting and harvest.”

Nevertheless, strawberries are Michigan’s first fruit crop in season and are worthy of praise, she added. “It is a great way to get everyone excited to enter Michigan’s fruit and summer season, which is such a glorious time of year.”

Kat Logan, Allen Farmers Market exchange manager, will be wearing a strawberry costume and a donation basket for the event’s duration. Logan hopes to earn enough donations to celebrate the Allen Farmers Market’s 20th birthday party on June 24.

In addition to all things strawberry, there will be live music by singer-songwriter Marilyn Tennant from 5 to 6 p.m.

Credit/debit cards, WIC Project Fresh, Senior Project Fresh and cash accepted.

Strawberry Festival

2:30 to 7 p.m.

1611 E. Kalamazoo St., Allen Neighborhood Center, Lansing

(517) 999-3911

 allenneighborhoodcenter.org

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