2018-06-07 / Front Page

All in one basket

Manistique Farmers’ Market brings together residents, farmers, vendors


The Manistique Farmers’ Market is now open for the season – now until Sept. 26. The market opens each Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Little Bear West Arena. The offerings vary weekly, but residents may stay up-to-date on everything market-related by visiting the Manistique Farmers’ Market Facebook page. Above, farm-fresh eggs are a mainstay of the market. At left, fresh-baked goods and homemade jams are just one of the many fan-favorites of the market. 
Courtesy photos The Manistique Farmers’ Market is now open for the season – now until Sept. 26. The market opens each Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Little Bear West Arena. The offerings vary weekly, but residents may stay up-to-date on everything market-related by visiting the Manistique Farmers’ Market Facebook page. Above, farm-fresh eggs are a mainstay of the market. At left, fresh-baked goods and homemade jams are just one of the many fan-favorites of the market. Courtesy photos MANISTIQUE – Since 2010, the arrival of warmer weather has brought with it the brightly-colored tents of the Manistique Farmers’ Market. Under these tents, residents and visitors have discovered a variety of local offerings – from farm-fresh produce and meats to homemade baked goods and honey.

Now in its ninth season, the market is once again open and encouraging everyone to take time each Wednesday – from now until Sept. 26 – to support local farmers and cottage food vendors. According to Kerry Ott, who operates the market along with members of the Manistique Strategic Alliance for Health group, weather impacted this year’s opening.

“A late return of winter in April pushed some produce back a few weeks, but our farmers have persevered and we already have asparagus, early salad greens, onions, and radishes,” she explained. “We expect produce options to increase each week as we have more sun and some much needed rain.”

Even when produce is scant, as in the first few market days, Ott pointed out that the public has plenty of options.

“The market also has locally raised and processed beef, fresh Lake Michigan whitefish (caught on Wednesdays), a broad selection of specialty breads and other baked goods, jams, and Upper Peninsula maple syrup,” she said. “U.P. produced wine will also be available on a limited basis.”

If nothing else, Ott said visitors to the market will enjoy the ambience created by those participating.

“We have our core group of farmers that have been with us since 2010 and 2011, new farmers this year, and one returning farmer who was away for a few years,” she explained. “More will be joining us as we move through June and July.

Music at the market is provided each week by Steve Schmeck and Sue Robishaw,” she added.

Ott noted that last year’s market averaged 225 shoppers per week over the course of the season.

The market is open each Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. at Little Bear West Arena.

To check out the weekly offerings, visit the Manistique Farmers’ Market Facebook page at facebook.com/mstqfarmersmkt.

More information for those interested in participating as a vendor at the market may call (906) 450-4240 or visit www.ManistiqueFarmersMarket.org for the market handbook and vendor application.

The Manistique Strategic Alliance for Health meets at 10 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Manistique City Hall.

“(We are) still working on access to locally grown and produced foods, and non-motorized transportation,” Ott explained. “SAH continues to work alongside the city of Manistique. LMAS District Health Department has taken the lead in the SAH, with continued partnership with the Sault Tribe, MSU-Extension, and individual partners.”

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