While Michigan is closing in on the autumn season, farmers markets throughout the state are going strong — selling Michigan-grown produce, fruits and other items directly to area families.
In today’s modern society, with grocery and convenience stores on virtually every corner, farmers markets are enjoying a bit of a renaissance. Growing, selling and buying local is a great benefit to all. In fact, over the last 15 years the number of farmers markets in Michigan has grown from around 90 in 2001 to more than 300 today.
In addition to the farmers markets across the state, the Michigan Capitol enjoys three opportunities to buy great Michigan-made products each summer. The first event was held in late July and the second one was on Thursday. The remaining farmers market day at the Capitol is Sept. 22, running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the east lawn.
The Capitol farmers market program attracts more than 100 vendors who sell about $1,100 in goods to more than 22,000 customers for a final estimated sale of $200,000. That’s not bad for three days.
Farmers markets are a small but important contributor to our state’s overall food and agriculture industry. The industry contributes $101.2 billion annually to the state’s economy, employing more than 900,000 workers — or about 22 percent of the state’s workforce.
We encourage all Michigan residents to get out and support our more than 52,000 farms by stopping by your local farmers market.
To find a farmer market near you, visit: www.mifma.org/findafarmersmarket.