Farmers Market Hero: Heather Anne Leavitt
While connections are often drawn between food and art, Heather Anne Leavitt takes the connection a step farther. An avid farmers market shopper, Heather, owner of Sweet Heather Anne bakery, merges her passion for local food and her love of art in the Sweet Heather Anne kitchen every day, creating masterpiece cakes featuring locally sourced ingredients.
Based in Ann Arbor, Sweet Heather Anne was born out of Heather’s art school thesis, where she created seven edible monuments, each one honoring a local farmer or artisan. The project began a trajectory that lead Heather to start selling baked goods at the Ann Arbor farmers market. After gaining experience and support, she moved her business into a storefront down the street. She continues to draw inspiration and ingredients from her local farmers — some customer favorites include pumpkin maple and raspberries and cream.
In addition to providing vital ingredients and opportunities for her business, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market is also a great resource for Heather personally. Heather says, “It’s pretty special to know the people who grow your food on a personal level.” Now, with the storefront right around the corner, Sweet Heather Anne’s Saturday hours are similar to the farmers market hours so that “market-goers can stop by while they are out.”
Heather’s business was inspired by farmers, got its start at the farmers market, and now continues to support local direct-marketers. We call that a hero triple-play!
Be a farmers market hero today by donating or giving your local market an FMC membership! Help us reach 50 new markets by the end of 2013! Donate $40 or more in the name of your local market, and they’ll have access to FMC information, network and advocacy tools for one year! If your market of choice is already a member, we’ll extend their membership for another full year!