Christmas Made Merry
by Dietrich Bronner
A Night at the North Pole December 15
Join the Edible Experience Club, call and give membership as a Christmas gift!
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The Frankenmuth Farmers Market’s Christmas attractions the last two weekends received an incredible reception from the crowds who attended all the activities. Warm temperatures made spirits bright as guests enjoyed the Christkindlmarkt in its new location, the adjacent Warming Haus in Fischer Hall, the Pickle Scavenger Hunt, Merry Marketplace at the Market, and the shuttle that ran between all locations.
The Christkindlmarkt was generously sponsored by Star of the West, Mike Young Buick GMC, Schaefer & Bierlein who provided the shuttle, and Frankenmuth Credit Union. It was amazing to see how eager people were to use the shuttle, a new offering that proved extremely handy for many. A special thanks to all the businesses and volunteers who made these events possible.
If you missed out on all the artisanal offerings from the huge variety of vendors we had, you can still swing in to the Farm Store for great, locally produced gifts for all your loved ones this Christmas. That’s also where you can sign up for the Edible Experience Club or give membership as a gift. Our next groundbreaking dinner for Club members only takes place March 20, and members will be invited to two more culinary explorations along with enjoying many other benefits.
Next on our calendar, bundle up the little ones for our Night at the North Pole 5-8pm Friday, December 15. Children can visit the North Pole, drop off a letter to Santa in a special mail box, tour the Market’s outdoor décor, take selfies with Santa, decorate Christmas cookies, make a gingerbread house, cut out snowflakes, make garland, craft birdseed ornaments, color Christmas posters and more. Games include snowman bowling, snowman bean bag toss, snowman slam, reindeer toss, candy cane fishing, ornament toss, gift tower stacking, jingle bell toss and more, and there are also prizes for the games. The cost is $5 per child. We’ll have a holly jolly of a good time at the North Pole at the Market, 534 North Main!
Thank you to everyone for your support, continue to shop local, and enjoy the merry Christmas season!
Maple Chai Pancakes
3/4 cup milk
2 Tozy Tea Masala Chai Tea bags
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1½ tsp. vanilla
¾ cup flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. ginger
½ tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. each salt, allspice, cardamom, cloves
Heat milk until steaming and then steep the tea bags for 5 minutes in it. Remove and squeeze all the liquid from the bags. Discard the bags. Whisk together the egg and syrup, then stir in the butter, vanilla and milk. Add all the dry ingredients to the liquid and mix until combined. If needed, thin with 1 Tbsp. water. Cook the pancake batter as you normally would, serving with more maple syrup.