By Pat Maurer
Farwell’s Farmer’s Market has already doubled in just their second year of operation.Market Master Tracy Lee said, “Farmers Market started in May 2012 with only 3-5 vendors now this year we have 5-11 vendors and it is growing each week, our customers have tripled since 2012 and we are getting calls for vendor spaces.”
The market has picnic tables available provided by the Farwell Department of Public Works. Benches and signs were provided through a grant the Clare County Community Foundation in 2012.
Vender spaces are available inside or outside.
The market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. She continued, “We have all sorts of vendors such as Farmers with lettuce, strawberries, cherries, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, green peppers, eggs and much more. We have local artisans displaying art, crafters making purses, aprons, bird houses, wind chimes and much more. We have bakers making homemade bread, cookies, fudge and much, much more. Each week has a little of something new.” They now accept WIC Project Coupons too.
The Farmer’s Market Committee, which includes Lee, Vicky Gunden, Gina Hamilton and Barb Roe, also has special activities planned.
A special Bike Rodeo and Safety Class sponsored by the Michigan State Police and the Clare County Sheriff’s Department was held recently for the youngsters.
Two bike helmets, donated by Rays Bike Shop in Clare were given to Marin and Sam of Farwell.
Twenty youngsters and adults participated in a recent Scavenger Hunt. “We got great feedback and they want to do it again,” Lee said.
The committee also sponsors coloring contests and will be hosting a Fire Safety event sponsored by the Surrey Township Fire Department on August 10 between 10 a.m. and noon.
Plans also include an August 31 carnival with prizes at the market. Each child attending will get some free tickets. More tickets will be available to purchase with the funds raised by extra ticket sales to be used for future activities.
September 28 will be “our big Harvest Party,” Lee said, with pumpkin painting and trick or treat for the youngsters.
Local organizations are eligible for a free table to raise money for worthwhile causes.
An information table is set up at every market with local business information, gardening information and more.
Lee added, “I see the Farwell’s Art, Craft and Farmers Market Growing each year with the support from the Vendors and Customers we can’t thank them enough!!”
If you have questions please call Tracy Lee 989-588-9926 or 989-802-9696