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The Downtown Marquette Farmers’ Market, which is operated by the Downtown Development Authority, is scheduled to open on Saturday in the Marquette Commons. Pictured are Harvey’s Theresa Raikko, left, and Marquette’s Wanda Bell check out plants for sale at the opening of a recent farmer’s market in downtown Marquette. (Photo from newspaper file)

MARQUETTE — The first market of the 23rd season of the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Commons in Marquette.

This year, the market updated hours, a new market layout to allow full capacity and, after a two-year hiatus, programming, the DMFM said in a news release.

“It feels really good to be back at full capacity after a few 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 market seasons. The Saturday morning market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday through November 19, with no market on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. New this year, the Holiday Market will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays from December 3 to 17.

The Wednesday evening market is back for its third season. This mid-week market runs from June 15 to September 1. 21, starting an hour earlier from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

All markets are located at The Commons at 112 S. Third St.

Shoppers will be greeted with a new market layout this year, with 60 local vendors each Saturday. The new market layout will feature farmers, growers, food producers and artisans offering a host of local produce for sale. Shoppers can choose from fresh, locally grown seasonal produce, baked goods, locally raised meat and eggs, kombucha, coffee, bread, hot sauce and more.

Artisans will offer handicrafts such as soaps, lotions, jewelry, carpentry, and knitted goods, among others. The information kiosk will be 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, associations 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, Freshcoast Wellness Co., Campfire CoWorks and more. Interested groups are encouraged to submit a request to reserve a place on www.mqtfarmersmarket. com/apply.

A full lineup and events can be found on the Marketplace Events Calendar on its website.

Highlights include:

≤ Yoga at the Market: 9.45am-10.45am on Saturdays from June to October. This course for all levels, bring your own mat, is donation based, with a portion of all proceeds going to the market. All classes are conducted by the Pinecone Yoga Institute.

≤ Power of Produce children’s program, operated by Partridge Creek Farm. This program will take place on Saturdays from July 2 to August 2. 20. Kids under 12 can try new fruits and vegetables every week, then buy produce from local farmers with a $2 voucher.

≤ Food Navigator Program: The health education team from the Marquette-Algiers Regional Educational Services Agency will be present at select Saturday morning markets from May to September to teach buyers how to maximize the benefits of food assistance, shopping on a budget and preparing healthy meals.

≤ Marquette Food Co-op cooking demonstrations. Learn how to make the most of seasonal spring, summer and fall produce at select Saturday markets.

Buyers 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 payments from 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 this season. DMFM will participate in the new Food as Medicine, Prescription for Health program. Participating patients can shop with their coupons at the DMFM.

More information on accepted payment methods can be found on the DMFM website at www.mqtfarmersmarket.com/paymentoptions.

For up-to-date information on the DMFM, follow him on Facebook and Instagram @mqtfarmersmarket or visit www.mqtfarmersmarket.com to sign up for the e-newsletter mailing list.



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James V. Payne