Farmers Market 2017

We are less than 2 months away from our 2017 Farmers Market season! We always begin the first Saturday in May, so this year the start date is May 6. Last year we updated our spring/fall hours, and here is a reminder of those hours:

May 6-May 27: 9am-1pm

June 3-September 16: 8am-1pm

September 23-October 14: 9am-1pm

We look forward to having our great regulars back again this year, as well as meeting new vendors! Please see our vendor page to learn more about becoming a vendor. The basics are just filling out the form and getting it to us with the necessary documents and payment. The day of the Market, we do accept this information as well, we just ask ALL vendors to be set up and ready to go 15 minutes before the Market opens for the day and to remain set up for the duration. The primary concern behind this is the safety of our visitors and patrons. We just cannot have vehicles driving through the Market while we have people shopping. We will turn away vendors who arrive late. Our goal is to make sure we have an enjoyable and safe Market for everyone involved.

Forms for the 2017 season are now updated here and we are accepting applications. They can be mailed to the address listed on the form.

Food Vendor Form

Crafter Form

Agreement for Use of Premises

We are also in the process of planning our special Kids Day events for this year, so stay tuned for those details! If you are a vendor and are interested in running a Kids Day event, please email us!

We have a new staff member this year as Derek went on to bigger things! Phil Sattler will take on the role as Market Manager. We wish Derek all the best in his new adventures and are excited to have Phil on board!

Be sure to visit our Byron Center Farmers Market Facebook page for pictures, posts and updates. While you’re there, feel free to share your pictures from the market with us, we’d love to see them!

Thank you to everyone who makes this Market great each year! We truly couldn’t do this without you! We think this year will be even better than the last. See you in May!

The Byron Center Farmers Market is brought to you by the Byron Community Wellness Foundation and sponsored by Pathway Church.

The Byron Community Wellness Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Looking for Market Manager

We are currently searching for a Market Manager for the Byron Center Farmers Market 2017 season. The Farmers Market takes place every Saturday starting May 6 – October 14.

HOURS FOR VENDORS (MARKET MANAGER WILL ARRIVE EARLIER AND LEAVE LATER)

Saturdays in May and October: 9am-1pm

Saturdays in June-September: 8am-1pm

The Byron Center Farmers Market is located on the lawn next to Pathway Church and the Post Office, near the intersection of 84th Street and Byron Center Avenue.

We do not close up for inclement weather, so regardless of how the day turns out, we will be there!

This job is ideal for a graduating senior that would be attending college nearby in the fall. This job will provide work experience for your resume while attending classes. However, it is not limited to students, we are interested in someone who can spare time on Saturdays and is good with people and money.

Click here to view a job description.

Click here to download an application

You can fill out your application and mail it to us at PO Box 384 / Byron Center, MI 49315, or feel free to upload and e-mail your filled out form to us. Call us at (616) 878-6029 or contact us if you have any questions.

Kids’ Days to Feature MSU Extension

Discover Michigan FRESH tours with MSU Extension are here to get people excited about seasonal produce near them. Find an affordable way to get the most delicious and nutritious food in your home!

It’s summertime in Michigan which means one thing: Farmers Markets! Now is the time to start enjoying delicious, locally grown foods at a price you or your family can afford. Are you new to farmers markets or a participant in food assistance programs? Be sure to visit MSU Extension at the market for a tour to acquaint you with all of the resources the market has to offer.

 
The focus of the tour is to increase confidence navigating the market and using food assistance programs at the market. Many food assistance programs have expanded benefits for participants who shop at farmers markets. For example, many markets are starting to take part in the Double Up Food Bucks program. This allows participants who chose to spend their benefits at the farmer’s market will be matched dollar for dollar up to $20 per day. MSU Extension will further explain all of the programs that have farmers market benefits and help shoppers practice how to use them.
 
This tour will highlight nutritious food choices the market has to offer. Many markets have a variety of different products that may be unfamiliar. Throughout the tour, you will gain confidence in selecting and storing new, tasty foods. As the tour progresses, you will get to meet and talk to many vendors. It is common for vendors and shoppers to exchange ideas for choosing, storing and cooking their products. Not only will you get the freshest, best tasting food on your plate, but you are supporting local businesses and the environment with every purchase!
With all of the help and advice provided at the tours, you will be equipped to have a healthy, happy summer! Ready to become a farmer’s market expert? Join a tour with MSU Extension at your local market this season. Hope to see you there!

Saturday 8am to 1pm on June 18, July 23, July 30, August 6.

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Welcome to the 2016 Season!

10439398_10153305241227302_7238716400665040845_nAs of June, we started our summer hours, so please join us each Saturday between the hours of 8am and 1pm!

The Market is off to a great start this year with some great new and returning vendors! Visit us weekly to see the variety from Saturday to Saturday. We are also working on our Kids’ Day events as well as other special days. We will be post here as well as the Byron Center Farmers Market Facebook page when that information is complete, so stay tuned!

On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ByronCenterFarmersMarket/

We also post updates regularly on Facebook with photos of the items that are at the Farmers Market each week. Also on Facebook we are happy to answer questions and help with lost/found items at the Market.

See you Saturday, rain or shine!