Midland Area Farmers Market
Midland Area Farmers Market Opens May 4
The Midland Area Farmers Market will open for the 2019 season on Saturday, May 4. The Market is located in downtown Midland, at the end of Ashman Street, next to the Tridge.
New this year, the Market will be open 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on both Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Market season will also be extended into November this year, with the market remaining open on Saturdays only 9:00 a.m. – noon on Nov. 2, 9 and 16.
This year 95 vendors have been accepted, offering a wide variety of fresh produce, baked goods, soaps and proteins. New vendors include Enjoy! Craft Bakery, C & W Farms, Waters Fruit Farm, Shepard Organic Produce & Poultry and Tex-Mex Grille food truck; with returning favorites including Bright Farm, Cook’s Choice Produce, Creation Coffee, Eastman’s Forgotten Ciders & Antique Apples, Jar Head Salsa, DMS Fish Supply, and many more.
“We take pride in the number of vendors who return to the Midland Area Farmers market year after year,” said Emily Lyons, Farmers Market Manager. “These vendors bring the products our customers know and love, while new vendors are always adding to our product mix. You can do all of your food shopping at the Farmers Market, from fresh produce and cheeses to fish and baked goods.”
As a program of the Midland Business Alliance, the Market is a great way to support entrepreneurs and community wellness.
“Our Market offers the perfect environment for the foodpreneur to start small, either selling products under the Cottage Food Law or as a food truck before expanding into a brick-and-mortar location,” Lyons said. “We have had numerous success stories with vendors using this route.”
Bank Partnership Offers More Payment Options
Having a strong local bank partner has become a keystone of the Market’s success in recent years, offering a token program that enables customers to use their debit, credit or Bridge card. Isabella Bank is the Market’s new partner this year, offering more payment options than ever before. Payment options will include: Cash, check, EBT (for tokens), credit or debit (for tokens), Double Up Food Bucks (tokens), WIC Project FRESH (coupon) and Senior Project FRESH (coupon).
“Partnering with Isabella Bank makes it easier for everyone to shop at the Farmers Market,” Lyons said. “Whether you simply forgot cash and get tokens with your credit card or can utilize the Double Up Food Bucks and Project FRESH Programs to get even more fresh produce for your family.”