South Lansing Farmers Market hosts winter arts and crafts market

LANSING — Sixty-three vendors, almost all from greater Lansing, will sell a range of food, art and other locally made products Saturday at a farmers market on the city’s south side.

The Mid-Winter Art/Craft Market is scheduled from 10 am to 2 pm at the former St. Casimir School, 800 W. Barnes Ave. This is the second winter market hosted by the South Lansing Farmers Market this year.

“It’s a nice opportunity for folks, when there aren’t a lot of things going on in the community, to get out and shop,” said Kathie Dunbar, executive director of the South Lansing Community Development Association. “There’s not a lot of farmers markets in the winter. There’s not a lot of art markets at this time of year.”

Clothing and other apparel items are on display at the South Lansing Farmers Market Saturday, Feb. 5, 2021.

Among the homemade and homegrown items planned for the market are bread, pastries, pasta, coffee, spices, meat, loose-leaf tea, pet products, candles, soaps, jewelry, pottery, other household decor, clothing and more.

Proceeds from the event benefiting the South Lansing Community Development Association’s food equity programs, including urban gardens and a 24-hour food pantry, according to a Facebook event.

Food is also available at the South Lansing Farmers Market including fresh from the kitchen combination plates Saturday, Feb 5, 2021.

In addition to the many products, vendors will have hot Mexican food from El Burrito Mexicano and Gorditas Y Mas, available for dine-in or carry-out. There will also be a space for massage therapy.

A calmly lit room is available for massage therapy by A Better Feel at the South Lansing Farmers Market Saturday, Feb. 5, 2021.

Dunbar said the event will include a “greater diversity in arts and crafts and handmade, homemade items” that summer markets. Many of the participating small businesses began as residents’ pandemic hobbies.

Sharita Hurst straightens up her display of gifts and designer masks at the South Lansing Farmers Market Saturday, Feb. 5, 2021. She has had her business for three years.

“We’ve heard quite a few stories from folks who, in the lockdown, had to find something else to do, and some of it was hobbies that they ended up finding they have a skill for and they turned it into a side gig or a job,” Dunbar said.

People browse the craft offerings at the South Lansing Farmers Market Saturday, Feb. 5, 2021.

The farmers market provides a “personal” environment for upstart business, Liz Kruger said. Kruger runs Honey Bun Bakery LLC under Michigan’s cottage food law, making a variety of morning brunch items. On Saturday, she’ll branch out from her usual menu, and sell basil and apricot cookies, and strawberry balsamic pie.

“You really get to know the regulars that come. You get to know all of the other vendors there. It’s just a community within a community, and for a small little bakery like mine, it’s really just the best,” Kruger said.

Contact reporter Jared Weber at 517-582-3937 or [email protected]

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