Farmers market thrives in Munising

MUNISING- Every Tuesday and Thursday, there’s a buzz centered around Bayshore Park and the city of Munising’s Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market.

With 25 vendors offering everything from jam to jewelry, live music in the evenings and a beautiful location on the shores of Munising Bay, the market offers its visitors an enjoyable afternoon.

The market starts just off the Munising city dock, where hundreds of people gather daily to take guided boat cruises along Pictured Rocks, one of the area’s biggest draws.

“This is a fine spot because the customers from the boat cruises can stop by,” market manager Treasa Sowa said.

Now that the growing season is reaching its prime for some foods, the Munising market will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays,

Sowa, who sells goods from her farm at the market, said the market’s patrons like spending their afternoon by the water, buying local food and art and meeting up with friends.

“They enjoy coming down here, seeing what people have and sometimes they get to visit with other people they know,” Sowa said. “We’re hoping that it kind of emulates the Marquette market. I admire how the people are connected and they visit with the farmers or vendors (in Marquette).”

With three years as market manager under her belt, Sowa said she’s happy to say that the Munising market is now able to accept Double Up Food Bucks.

The Double Up Food Bucks program, sponsored by the state of Michigan, offers a match to be spent on food supplies.

When Bridge Card users shop at participating locations, the amount of money they spend will be matched by the program, up to $20 per day.

The Double Up Food Bucks can only be spent on Michigan fruits or vegetables.

Munising’s market will run each day, rain or shine, through mid-October.

For more information, visit the market’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/MunisingFarmersMarket.

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