MARQUETTE, MI- The first Saturday Morning Outdoor market of the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market (DMFM) 22nd season is this Saturday, May 22 from 9 AM-1 PM at The Marquette Commons. Customers can expect to find a more robust market compared to last season, a handful of new market vendors, and resources. Market shoppers are expected to follow the market’s updated COVID-19 Safe Shopper Guidelines as well to ensure a safe shopping experience.
The DMFM is excited to welcome 45 local vendors each week to its outdoor Saturday Morning Market this season. While the DMFM is still not operating at full capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions, there are more active vendors each week this season compared to last. Farmers, growers, food producers, and artisans will fill the plaza at the Marquette Commons offering a bevy of local goods 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! Our artisans offer handcrafted goods such as soaps, lotions, jewelry, woodworking products, knitter products, to name a few.
Fifteen brand new, first-time vendors have joined the DMFM lineup this season. New product offerings include hydroponically grown micro-greens, locally made cider, handcrafted teas, pottery, cold-brew coffee, ceramics, hot sauce, and more.
New this season is The Community Table, located just outside the market’s main entrance, next to the Information Booth. This table is reserved for local businesses, nonprofits, 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, Start the Cycle, Marquette-Alger RESA Health Education among others.
Updated COVID-19 Safe Shopper Guidelines are in place for both market staff, vendors and shoppers. A full list of guidelines can be found on the DMFM website at www.mqtfarmersmarket.com/safeshopperguidelines. The following changes have been made as of 5/19/2021:
- All market vendors are required to wear a face mask/covering regardless of vaccination status.
- Face masks are optional for fully vaccinated market shoppers.
- Face masks are required for non-vaccinated market shoppers.
- There is no eating or drinking allowed in the market. Please enjoy your purchases in our Designated Eating Area or at home.
Shoppers can now plan for their market visit by using new resources available on the market’s website. The new Interactive Market Map allows shoppers to search for vendors and products, learn more about each vendor, and map their shopping experience accordingly. Additionally, the new Meet Our Vendors page provides shoppers with detailed information about each vendor including specific offerings, accepted payment types, and which dates they will be at the market. Links to these resources can be found on the market’s homepage at www.mqtfarmersmarket.com.
The DMFM will continue to accept a wide array of food assistance programs including EBT Bridge Card, P-EBT Card, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH, and Sr. Project FRESH. Hoop Houses for Health is accepted by the following vendors: Freshwind Farms, Case Country Farm, and Tonella Farms. More information about accepted forms of payment can be found on the DMFM website at www.mqtfarmersmarket.com/paymentoptions.
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