Midland Area Farmers Market to Celebrate Farmers Market Week

The Midland Area Farmers Market (MAFM) is excited to bring back Farmers Market Week! Farmers Market Week is so much bigger and better this year that the event has gone international! Bring your family, friends and colleagues (sorry no pets!) to pick up the freshest ingredients grown in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
The schedule is full of activities at Market on both Wednesday and Saturday, including:

Wednesday, August 10

  • Food Navigator Kid’s Demonstration at 9:30 a.m.
  • The Grace A. Dow Memorial Library will be having story time at 10 a.m.
  • Honeybee Education
  • “Pastries with Public Servants” from 10 a.m- noon.
  • Firetruck & Police Vehicles
  • Live music
  • StoryWalk of Right This Very Minute by Lisl H. Detlefsen

Saturday, August 13

  • Special Community Tables: Dump Your Drugs
  • Kids Corn Shucking Contest at 10 a.m
  • Corn on the Cob Eating Contest at Noon
  • Honeybee Education
  • Live music
  • StoryWalk of Right This Very Minute by Lisl H. Detlefsen

Pastries with Public Servants

Bring your kids to meet local law and safety enforcement officers and enjoy a sweet treat from 10 a.m.-Noon on Wednesday, August 10. A firetruck and police car will be onsite and we’ll be joined by representatives from the Midland Police Department and Midland Fire Department. There will be over 200 treats provided by Leaman’s Green Applebarn, Ignite Donuts and Papa’s Pumpkin Patch (while supplies last).

The Impact of the Farmers Market

Both locally and nationwide, farmers markets make a big impact on their communities. Farmers markets contribute to local economies, promote sustainability and support healthy communities by increasing access to nutritious food. Here are some statistics from the Farmers Market Coalition:
  • The USDA estimates that local food sales from farmers markets, food hubs, CSAs, farm stands and farm to schools programs have grown from about $5 billion in 2008 to $11.7 billion in 2014.
  • At farmers markets in low-income areas, 6 in 10 shoppers said that they could find better prices at the markets than at their grocery store.
  • Farmers markets generate $2.4 billion dollars in sales for American farmers according to an estimate based on 2017 USDA Ag Census Data
  • For every dollar of nutrition incentives spent on farm direct purchases, such as at farmers markets, it is estimated to result in a contribution of up to 3 dollars to the U.S. economy
Locally, the MAFM is proud to accept various currencies to give residents of all backgrounds access to fresh, healthy foods. From 2019 to 2021, the Markets’ food assistance impact jumped from $29,810 to $80,206.
Having a strong local bank partner in Isabella Bank allows the Market to offer a wide variety of payment options, including: Cash, check, EBT (tokens), credit or debit (tokens), Double Up Food Bucks (tokens), WIC Project FRESH (coupon), Senior Project FRESH (coupon), Prescription for Health (coupon) and Pandemic EBT(token).

Market Dates and Hours

The Market is a walk-through market located at the Dow Diamond East Parking Lot.
May 7 – October 29
7 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesdays & Saturdays
First three Saturdays in November
9 a.m. – 12 noon
“The Farmers Market is an important part of our community because it helps families from all backgrounds put fresh, healthy foods on the table,” said Emily Lyons, Farmers Market Manager. “We are excited to celebrate Farmers Market Week again this year with our vendors and market goers. Continued support from the community through this year’s weather and location is truly appreciated by all market vendors and staff.”
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