New farmers market sprouts in Harvey

MARQUETTE – A new farmers market is still in its infancy in Harvey, though its organizers have big hopes for the future.

“We’re always looking for more growers,” said Holly Smith, owner of Michigan Made in Harvey, and the market’s organizer.

Smith said she decided to start the market after seeing farmers markets in almost every community she’s been to, and thought her own hometown should have one as well.

“I’ve wanted one forever,” Smith said. “Everywhere I go, everybody has a farmers market.”

Smith said 13 vendors have already signed on, most of them selling crafts or artwork, with a few selling meat, produce and eggs.

The market – located in the parking lot of Michigan Made on the corner of U.S. Highway 41 and M-28 in Harvey on Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. – does not charge vendors for a table. Rather, the vendors have to contribute their time to earn a spot.

“We’re trying to do it as a true co-op,” Smith said. “No one pays but they all contribute to making signs and cleaning up. Everybody participates. That’s our plan.”

The rules for entry are also pretty simple – the seller must live locally and make local products.

“You have to live locally. You have to make something,” Smith said. “We have a lady that does watercolors, someone that makes fudge and jewelry. We have a pretty nice selection.”

Helen Bicigio was at the market this week selling products from her company, HMB Crafts along with products from Ever Yielding Acres, a local farm run by her nephew.

Bicigio said she found out about the new market after bringing some of her crafts over to Michigan Made.

“I brought some things to Michigan Made and (was asked) to take part in the show,” Bicigio said.

She sells individualized items, from printed t-shirts to baby bibs, personalized beer mugs and other similar products.

During the market’s first week, Bicigio said most people that stopped in were just curious, but she’s hoping traffic will pick up at the market, as passersby on the highway decide to stop in.

Bobbie Pazolt had a table set up Wednesday as well, selling homemade jams, maple syrups as well as some of her own photography.

Pazolt, who manned the table with her husband John and son Daryn, said she’d hadn’t sold much of anything beyond some maple syrup before, but decided to give it a try.

Pazolt said she discovered the market after stopping into Togos for lunch and hearing about it.

“We were making jam until the wee hours of the morning,” Pazolt said, in preparation for her first ever farmers market.

She said she enjoys the atmosphere of the market, and getting to see other people’s products.

“It’s nice to be able to come out here. I traded some jam and syrup for earrings,” she said. “I love the trading, and it’s nice it’s all locally made.”

For more information or to sign up a a vendor, call Smith at 273-2277.

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.