A modified set of rules and regulations has been approved by the Marquette Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors.
The DDA made the decision after reviewing a list of recommendations proposed by the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market ad hoc committee, which is comprised of two farmers, an artisan, a downtown business owner, two community members, and a DDA board member. The ad hoc committee hosted two formal meetings and three public input sessions, where the market policies were reviewed and discussed. The DDA says that the policies are in the best interest of the market.
The 2014 policies modify vendor fees by setting them at $125 for the 24 week season (Saturday, May 17 and ending Saturday, October 25 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) while the vendor selection process was streamlined to enhance the overall viability of the market.
The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market will be celebrating its fifteenth year of continuous operation in Downtown Marquette. In 2013 the market drew over 15,687 people with an average weekly attendance of 700. The market is comprised of fresh produce, handmade goods, and artisan wares.
2014 vendor applications will be accepted beginning Monday, March 17 through Friday, April 11. Those interested can apply at www.mqtfarmersmarket.com.