|The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market’s Grand Opening will be on Saturday, May 25. This year’s market sees the return of many favorite vendors, as well as a few new additions. Shoppers visiting the market will find a wide selection of local artwork, baked goods, flowers and live plants, and of course, the first of the season’s fresh produce harvest from local farms. For the market’s Grand Opening day, Michael Waite will be providing live music from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fresh tomatoes and peppers on display at the 2012 Farmers Market in downtown Marquette.
The 2013 season will be the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market’s second year participating in the Double Up Food Bucks program (DUFB), made possible by a grant from the Fair Food Network. The Fair Food Network is “a national nonprofit that works at the intersection of food systems, sustainability and social equity to guarantee access to healthy, fresh and sustainably grown food, especially in under-served communities.”
Under Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB), families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are given the means to purchase more Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables at farmers markets while supporting local food growers and the local food economy.
Here’s how that works: each time a SNAP recipient runs a Bridge Card at market, he or she receives double the amount of money. If a Bridge Card is swiped for $10, grant funding allows the vendors to give out $20 in food. This extra money can only be used for fresh, Michigan-grown produce sold at the market, which frees up the original Bridge Card allocation for other groceries found at the market, such as meat and bread.
This year’s grant award is putting $9,000 into the community, putting some extra money in the pockets of local farmers and healthy food on the tables of local families.
The market will be held every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., through October 26 at the Marquette Commons, 112 South Third Street.
Bridge Cards, Market FRESH, Project FRESH, credit, and debit cards are all accepted. The Double Up Food Bucks program will begin on July 1. For more information about DUFB or any questions about the market, call 906-362-3276, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The market’s website, mqtfarmersmarket.com, will have updates on programs and events throughout the season.