WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
This is the season of newborn fawns curled up in tall grasses, nests of cottontail rabbit babies hidden in freshly tilled soil and red fox kits and coyote pups sunning near their dens. Encounters with baby wildlife are soaring. Baby animals are cute and their vulnerability entices humans to pick them and sometimes try to make them pets. Continue reading
Last Thursday, we had the pleasure of taking a behind the scenes INNOVENTION tour of Medical Main Street partner, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital (SJMO). We started our morning in the impressive and beautiful, art-filled lobby where we enjoyed refreshments and mingled with guests who were touring from Burton Industries, Stryker, Infection Prevention Technologies, LLC, Remco Storage Systems, Inc., Magnolia by the Lakes, Virta Labs, Placement Management Center, Seniors Helping Seniors, Sterilogy LLC and even a robot from SJMO.
Last week we celebrated the passion and determination of the business and community leaders we are grateful to have here in Oakland County at the 2015 Elite 40 Awards Ceremony. The event, held on April 16th at Lockhart’s BBQ in Royal Oak, brought together members of the Oakland County Executive Elite 40 Under 40™ class of 2015 and their guests for a night of networking and recognition.
WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
Oakland County Parks are impressive on so many fronts. The year-round recreational opportunities are endless and provide tons of family fun. Yet, for the month of April, it’s the natural resources, abundant wildlife and incredible beauty that are at the top of my list. All of these things can be easy to find along the nearly 70 miles of trails that embrace the lakes, meadows, woodlands and glacially sculpted hills of the 13 Oakland County Parks. There are trails for every ability and age and even trails for equestrians. Some trails are hill-huggers, where those that dream of the Appalachian Trail can get leg muscles into shape. There are even paved looped trails that are perfect for a family walk with a baby stroller and grandparents. You’ll definitely want to consider April to be your month to reconnect with nature.
I’ll share a secret here: The quiet walker sees the most. Although wildlife is abundant, most species along the trails, except perhaps for squirrels, are people wary. If you walk quietly, early in the day, stop often and perhaps sit on a log and just listen, a world of wildlife unfolds. What might you see? How about Sandhill Cranes, Wild Turkey, Eastern Bluebirds, Canada Geese on nests or defending their territory, Turkey Vultures and Red-tailed Hawks soaring, Great Blue Heron and American Egrets fishing, Osprey diving for fish, Red-winged Blackbirds flashing their colors, migrating Vireos and Warblers. You may even catch a fleeting glimpse of a Pileated Woodpecker.
Farmers Markets in Oakland County have flowers & plants to make your yard beautiful and fresh foods to make you healthy.
The International City/County Management Association stated that, “local farmers markets create a vibrant shopping experience that benefits area farmers, businesses and consumers by keeping wealth in the local community and strengthening the local economy”.
Why You Should Shop at Local Farmers Markets
The best reason is to have access to fresh, locally grown foods that are bred for flavor. Farmers markets have fruits and vegetables at the peak of the growing season, so produce is at its freshest and tastes the best.
The food is typically grown near where you live, not thousands of miles away or even in another country. Shopping at farmers markets supports your local farmers. When produce is grown and purchased locally, the money remains in the community and stimulates the local economy.
Buying locally grown produce encourages more regional farming and preserves open spaces. You can also meet the farmers who grow your food and you can ask when it was picked, how it was grown, and you can find out different ways to prepare it.
Support the farms, farmers and the products of the Oakland County and the State of Michigan at any of the local Farmers Markets.
Visit our Farmers Market Page for a continually updated listing of the many Farmers Markets in Oakland County. Most markets run May through October.