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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2016 Season is Less Than 2 Months Away!

bcfmarket_map2015We have been having such a strange winter here, it is hard to tell just when spring will truly start. Regardless, we are getting excited for our 2016 Farmers Market season! We always begin the first Saturday in May, so this year the date is May 7. Last year we updated our spring/fall hours, and this year we made another tweak. So here is that info:

May 7-May 28: 9am-1pm

June 4-September 17: 8am-1pm

September 24-October 15: 9am-1pm

We look forward to having our great regulars back again this year, as well as 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 2016 season are now updated here and we are accepting applications. They can be mailed to the address listed on the form.

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!

Thank you to everyone who makes this Market great each year! We think this year will be even better than the last. See you in May!