MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – The first market of the 23rd season of the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market (DMFM) will take place this Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marquette Commons.

This year, the market updated hours of operation, a new market layout to allow for full capacity, and after a two-year hiatus, programming is back.

“It feels really good to be back at full capacity after a couple of interesting seasons,” said Sara Johnson, market manager. “We’re excited and ready for this season to feel more like years past with a regular lineup, a plaza full of vendors and hopefully music too.”

The DMFM offers three different market seasons: The Saturday morning market runs from May 21 to November 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no market on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. New this year, the holiday market will take place on Saturdays from December 3 to 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Finally, the Wednesday evening market is back for its third season. This mid-week market runs from June 15 to September 21 and starts an hour earlier from 4-7 p.m. All markets are located at the Marquette Commons at 112 S Third Street in Marquette.

Shoppers will be greeted with a new market layout this year, with 60 local vendors each Saturday. The new market layout includes farmers, growers, food producers and artisans with a host of local produce for sale. Shoppers can choose from fresh, locally grown and seasonal produce, baked goods, locally raised meat and eggs, kombucha, coffee, bread and hot sauce. Our artisans offer handcrafted products such as soaps, lotions, jewelry, woodworking products and knitting goods, to name a few. The information kiosk was also located under the overhang, near the Commons building itself.

The community table, which was tested last season, will also be back. These two tables are reserved for local businesses, non-profit organizations and groups as an opportunity to connect with the Marquette community. This season shoppers can interact with local groups such as Social Justice For Us, Marquette Regional History Center, Freshcaost Wellness Co, Campfire Coworks, and more. Interested groups are encouraged to submit a request to reserve The Community Table on their website.

Full lineup and events can be found on the Marketplace Events Calendar on the Marketplace website. Highlights include:

  • Yoga at the Market: Every Saturday from June to October from 9:45am to 10:45am. This BYO Mat, all levels class is donation based, with a portion of all proceeds going to the market. All classes are conducted by the Pinecone Yoga Institute.
  • Power to Produce Children’s Program: presented by Partridge Creek Farm, this program runs from Saturday, July 2 through August 20. Kids under 12 can try new fruits and vegetables each week, then purchase produce from local farmers with a $2 voucher.
  • Food Navigator Program: The Marquette Alger RESA health education team will be at select Saturday morning markets from May to September teaching shoppers how to maximize food assistance benefits, shop on a budget and prepare healthy meals .
  • Marquette Food Coop cooking demonstrations: Learn how to make the most of seasonal spring, summer and fall produce at select Saturday markets this season.

Shoppers can now plan their visit to the market using new resources available on the market website. The new interactive market map allows shoppers to research vendors and products, learn more about each vendor, and map their shopping experience accordingly. Additionally, the Meet Our Suppliers page provides shoppers with detailed information about each supplier, including specific offers, payment types accepted, and when they will be on the market. Links to these resources can be found on the market’s homepage at www.mqtfarmersmarket.com.

The DMFM will continue to accept a wide range of food assistance programs including the EBT Bridge Card, P-EBT Card, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH and Sr. Project FRESH. Hoop Houses for Health has been discontinued for the 2022 season. DMFM will participate in the new Food as Medicine, Prescription for Health program. Participating patients can shop with their coupons at the DMFM. You can find more information about accepted payment methods on the DMFM website.

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