Sault Farmers’ Market moves to Bayliss Public Library for winter

SAULT STE. MARY – Beginning Saturday, November 5, the Bayliss Public Library will host the local farmers market indoors.

During the summer and fall, farmers and vendors take to the grounds at the corner of Portage and Ashmun streets to sell their produce, wares, and baked goods. As the weather gets colder, vendors head to the library to continue selling their wares all winter.

For over 10 years, Bayliss has been welcoming Farmer’s Market vendors and attendees to their common space during the winter months.

“It’s a little different than the summer one because the summer one is more product focused,” said Natalie Nowak, Bayliss’ adult program director. “But it’s obviously indoors, so it’s usually crafts and baked goods.”

Candace Blocher of Blocher Farm in Dafter shows off a treasure trove of homemade baked goods at a winter farmers' market from the previous year at the Bayliss Public Library.

Although there is not as much of a regular assortment of freshly grown produce as in the outdoor market, the indoor market will focus on large and small vendors of handicrafts and baked goods. In the past, vendors sold items such as soy candles, soap, lotion, handmade handbags, dog toys, honey, syrup, jam, eggs, baked goods, wool products and books.

Some vendors who have participated in previous years include Night Hawks Glass, volunteers from Friends of Bayliss, Ludhaven Sugar Bush and Bay Mills Maple Products.

“I would recommend anyone to come see it for yourself,” Nowak said.

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Those who grow or craft their own items are welcome to sell these items at the Market, but must register in advance. Certain rules apply regarding baked or processed products, and potential sellers are encouraged to visit for more information on Michigan’s Cottage Food Law.

The cost to the market is $30 for the season or $2 per session. It is payable to Bayliss Public Library, along with MSU Extension, which is sponsoring the market.

The Winter Farmer’s Market will be held at Bayliss every Saturday from 10am-12:30pm starting this Saturday and through the remainder of the winter season.

Contact Brendan Wiesner: [email protected]

James V. Payne