Farmers markets are tasty accent to area, region

It might be tough to imagine it right now, with temps this week dipping into the single digits and snow still piled up around the area.

But warm weather is coming and with it, farmers markets.

Such local markets have become a popular attraction in our communities and two have recently made announcements about their coming seasons.

In Negaunee, the Jackson Mine Farmers and Crafters Market will remain at Miner?s Park this year. Last year, the market moved there from its original site in the Old Towne portion of downtown.

It was a rousing success at its new location, which is just off of U.S. 41, so organizers have decided to have the 2013 edition of the venture there as well.

The market in Negaunee will run every Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the summer. It will open May 29 and run through Sept. 18.

Applications for vendors are now being accepted and are available at the front desk at the Negaunee City Hall. Due to limited supplies, any vendors applying now will have to provide their own tables and tent.

For more information on the farmers market in Negaunee, call its coordinator Bill Brazier at 869-4859.

Meanwhile, the Marquette Downtown Development Authority has announced it is accepting applications for the 2013 Downtown Marquette Farmers Market.

The Marquette market will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturdays – May 25 through Oct. 26 – at the Marquette Commons, 112 S. Third St. in Marquette.

A $60 application fee permits farmers, growers and artisans to sell every Saturday throughout the season.

For those who cannot commit to an entire season but would like to be considered for occasional market attendance, a daily vendor option exists.

The Marquette application deadline is April 12. Application packets are available online at, by calling the Marquette Downtown Development Authority office at 228-9475 or by e-mailing

“People should come out and support local growers and local business,” Brazier said.

We wholeheartedly agree and cannot wait for the snow to go and the markets to open this spring.