The farmers’ markets in Lansing flourished in 2020. Now they are again.

LANSING, me. –

The market season for outdoor farmers in Mid-Michigan has begun.

In the past year, uncertainties about the COVID risks boosted sales in the outdoor markets.

The markets were allowed, and were even encouraged, to stay open during the “stay home, stay safe” orders

“Markets were allowed, and even encouraged, to stay open during ‘stay home, stay safe’ orders, and that’s because of the critical role they play in the food system,” said Hailey Lamb, communications manager for the Michigan Farmers Market Association .

Steve Grose of Green Eagle Farm in Onondaga said the 2020 farmers market season was “the best sales year ever”.

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Julia Kramer, market manager for the Allen Neighborhood Center, saw this firsthand.

In the end, we saw very, very high visitor numbers and very high sales

“In the end we saw very, very high numbers of visitors and very high sales. Part of that was a lot of media coverage. There were a lot of questions about the local supply and demand for food and how the meat supply failed across the country and all these different things. People were really, really looking for local food, they were looking for opportunities to shop outside, ”said Kramer.

Allen Neighborhood Center Farmers Market 2021

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But not essential aspects of the farmers’ markets had to disappear.

“Live music and children’s activities have been canceled to keep shoppers safe and efficient with groceries and essentials,” said Lamb.

Magnolia Farms in the Allen Neighborhood Center farmers market

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This year, however, some of those extras are set to return, including live music at the Allen Farmers Market on Michigan Avenue.

“Apart from the providers, things are getting a little livelier. What was really just like this last year: “Come and shop and then go.” That’s all you get, ”laughed Kramer.

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But will the 2021 season be as successful as last year?

“I’m not sure,” said Grose. “There are a lot more things opening up so we know we have people going back to the stores to buy their spring plants and things. But we have a lot of things when people are ready to come in and to check. “

A lot more things open up

He added that when you shop your local markets, “your money is likely going to stay local rather than going to a company or someone in another state. You will get the freshest food you can get.” get to know the people who grew it … “

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