2013-05-09 / Front Page

Market set to open, event planned

Community event to kick off at market

MANISTIQUE – The Manistique Farmer’s Market will kick off its third full season on May 15. In addition to the kick off, an event celebrating Manistique’s recent Roadmaps to Health Prize win will also take place.

According to Kerry Ott, community coordinator for the Sault Tribe Strategic Alliance for Health project, the market will open with the “ringing of the bell” at 4 p.m. and remain open until 6 p.m.

“Although a couple of our farmers and vendors have retired, we have added new local farmers and cottage food producers to this year’s market,” Ott said. “For the early season markets, shoppers will be able to find a variety of greens – including kale, spinach, and lettuce – radishes, onions, garlic, eggs, maple syrup, honey, a variety of baked goods and jams, and new this year will be a local farmer featuring sheep wool and alpaca fleece fibers.”

Along with the market, a celebration honoring the community for working diligently to claim the inaugural Road Maps to Health Prize from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is planned. The event will take place concurrently with the market and includes: a 300-kite giveaway, a light picnic lunch, prize giveaways, as well as representatives from Gov. Rick Snyder and Sen. Tom Casperson’s offices.

Jay Fisher, of the Radio Results Network, will be broadcasting live from the event.

Eighteen farmers’ markets are planned for 2013. The markets take place every Wednesday, May 15 – Sept.11, from 4-6 p.m., outside the Little Bear West Arena. In case of inclement weather, markets will be moved inside of the arena.

The schedule for May 15 includes:

3 p.m. - Farmers begin setting up for the market

4 p.m. - The Manistique Farmers’ Market opens for the 2013 season

4-5 p.m.: Kite giveaway and picnic lunches

5 p.m.: Presentations and giveaways

6 p.m.: The Manistique Farmers’ Market closes for the day

For more information or updates on the Farmers’ Market or the community celebration, visit www.ManistiqueFarmersMarket.com.

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