Northern Michigan Farmers Markets Open for the Season

Summer is just around the corner.

That means that the farmers’ markets are getting going again.

Several Northern Michigan farmers markets are reopening.

Hannelore Frederick, organizer of the Interlochen Farmers Market, says: “We have been here for nine years and I haven’t missed a Sunday in nine years.”

The vendors have reunited in Interlochen for their annual farmers’ market.

Frederick says she is happy that it is growing year after year.

“2012 was our first year. We were down the street under the trees. There were six tables and no canopy between us, ”says Frederick.

Now they have about 60 providers.

This year they enforce rules like mandatory masks and extra space between vendors.

They say this is to protect all those who come to safety.

Says Frederick, “All the locals from Grand Traverse, from Manistee, from Buckley, from all the surrounding counties. This is a community meeting place. “

Traverse City enforces the same rules at the Sarah Hardy Downtown Farmers Market.

“Challenges always come. It’s been a difficult time for us, but we’re just glad that we can continue to provide this community resource, ”said Market Manager Kyle Warner.

He says he’s hoping for a busy summer.

Warner says, “All of our farmers are coming back and we are seeing a lot of customers coming back too. We expect a great season. “

Frederick says the best way to support your community during this time is to buy from small businesses.

“That’s your income. So please shop locally because you are making a difference for the families in your community. They allow them to survive and thrive, ”says Frederick.

The Interlochen farmers’ market is open every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. until October.

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