2013-05-02 / Scene

Imlay City’s farmers market opens today

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IMLAY CITY — For some people the only thing better than a Farmers Market is a Farmers Market that you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn for.

That’s exactly what Imlay City is offering, Lapeer County’s afternoon Farmers Market, and it’s kicking off its 2013 season today at 1 p.m. From now through October, a wide variety of vendors and special events will be found from 1 to 6 p.m. on the corner of Third and Main streets every Thursday.

“We are very excited to have many retuning vendors at the Market this year,” said Juliane Bagley, the new Imlay City Farmers’ Market Manager. “Customers can be sure they will find their favorite products again.”

Downtown Development Authority Director Kim Marrone said she expects 10 to 11 vendors for the kickoff and to peak at 15 or more as the season progresses.

The Imlay City Farmers’ Market will again accept Debit Cards and EBT (SNAP, Bridge) Cards at during the 2013 season. Bagley said the market will participate in the popular “Double Up Food Bucks” (DUFB) Program again this year beginning in July. The DUFB Program will “match” purchases when a recipient uses their SNAP benefits debit card to shop at our market. The amount they spend is matched up to $20 per visit, allowing a customer more purchasing power and vendors to have more sales opportunities. Participation in this program, she said, was made possible by a grant from the Four County Community Foundation.

The market will kick off the season with a special Children’s Craft Tent sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Imlay City and the Leibler Agency will keep little hands busy with educational crafts while visitors browse market offerings. The tent will be a standard feature the first Thursday of the month.

Staff from the Ruth Hughes Memorial Library, along with representatives from the Eastern Michigan Food Bank, will be on hand during the second Thursday of the month. Library staff will present a story-time and activities for families, while food bank staff will be available to answer questions regarding available food assistance programs.

Bagley said there will be live entertainment every market day. That, she said, will include special performances by some of the most talented, local, acoustic musicians on the third Thursday of each month.

“We still have some openings for amateur musicians at the market,” Bagley said. “They can play for tips, sell merchandise and promote themselves.” Performers can get on the schedule by calling me at 810-724-2135.”

Bagley said she’s planning a series of special events for the final Saturday of the month beginning May 30 with a “Spring Fling,” which will feature all things spring including an array of annuals, perennials, and veggie plants for Memorial Day planting. The market will follow up with Healthy Living Fair, June 25, Kids’s Day, July 25; Eat Local, Aug. 29; Historic Imlay City, Sept. 26; and Haunted Harvest, Oct. 31.

To keep up with changes at the market, visit www.icdda.com or follow “Imlay City Farmers’ Market” on Facebook.

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