Main Street Promotions Committee bolsters farmers' market attendance, local business sales
by: Submitted Photo Hillsdale resident and neighborhood advocate Richard Stein addresses community members gathered to dedicate the plaza that’s now complete between Baker & Spice and Food Front Cooperative Grocery in the Hillsdale Shopping Center.

HILLSDALE - With food, fun and a little help from sunny weather, the Hillsdale Main Street Program's SpringFest had the neighborhood blooming May 1.

The brain child of its promotions committee, the Main Street Program offered attendees at the kick off of the Hillsdale Farmers' Market's 10th season additional giveaways, activities and deals throughout the heart of Hillsdale.

Festivities included music, an afternoon wine and beer garden, a bike plaza ribbon cutting, face painting, pedicab rides to shops offering numerous specials and free demonstrations.

The day began with a free coffee tasting, continued with an art fair and was highlighted by a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new plaza between Food Front Cooperative Grocery and Baker and Spice.

The market was also the site of a stop on the third-annual Toyota Farm to Table Tour, part of a national series that celebrates local cuisine across the country. On the tour, local chefs prepare thousands of complimentary bite-sized tastings that highlight fresh, local ingredients. Chefs participating at the Hillsdale market included Kathryn LaSusa of Yeomans of The Farmers Feast, Margo Wilcoxon of Salvador Molly's and Paul Losch of Vino Paradiso.

All in all, more than 4,800 visitors took part in the spring celebration.

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