Over 60 vendors at this week’s farmers market

There’s plenty of fresh produce at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Marquette Commons, located at 112 S. Third St. (Photo courtesy of the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market)

MARQUETTE — In addition to the 54 season vendors, there will be around seven daily vendors at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market on Saturday.

“We are delighted with the continued growth of the market and the hard work and creativity of all the vendors,” Market Manager Myra Zyburt said. “We welcome residents of the Upper Peninsula as well as all visitors to the market, and we hope regardless of your food preparation skills, that there will be something at the market to fill your eating needs.”

There will be an abundance of sweet corn at the market this weekend, Zyburt said.

“Bandeff Farm starts their season this week with both white corn and yellow corn,” she said. “Farmer Jim said this year is the earliest his corn has ever ripened. They are excited to be at the market.”

End of the Road Winery of Germfask, which will have its popular fruit and cold-climate red and white grape wines, will also be at the market Saturday.

A variety of other goods will be available at the market, including: unique beeswax and bayberry candles made by Pea Pickle Farm; U.P. North Roast, which will have its freshly roasted coffee that’s sold as whole beans, ground and brewed; and Superior Culture, which specializes in kombucha, will have a variety of flavored and fermented beverages.

“Fun new thing with Superior Culture, they are brewing kombucha with lots of market ingredients,” Zyburt said. “This week they started batches using currants that are at the market.”

There will also be two vendors starting their season at the market, including Diana Sullivan of Pelkie.

For Sullivan’s first time vending at the market, she will have fine art reproductions and original work, including handmade bags, note cards and soft sculpture from felted wool.

Que Vida Designs will be returning to the market with nautical, sea and beach-themed jewelry made from up-cycled items by Rosemarie Likens.

“There are also many unique items from the talented artisans at the market,” Zyburt said. “Be sure to purchase something as a remembrance of your time in Marquette, or to give as gifts. Good luck to all the Ore to Shore racers. For the non-racers, the market is a great place to visit as you wait for your racer to ride into town. Hope to see you at the market.”

The Power of Produce program, which aims to increase family participation at farmers markets, will also be in its second week.

“We had a nice amount of participation last week and look forward to those children returning and other children participating,” Zyburt said. “While the pilot program is running eight weeks, children can participate however many weeks they are at the market, even if they are visiting from out of town.”

The program started last week and runs until Sept. 22. Children who attend will receive a voucher to shop for their own produce. Each Saturday, kids have the opportunity to taste new fruits and vegetables and receive $2 in vouchers to make their own choice of produce, meet the farmers and explore the market. Children ages 4 through 12 are invited to participate in the program. Coupons can be saved and combined for a later use as well.

The program is sponsored by Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Orthodontics of Marquette, Lions clubs of Ishpeming and Negaunee, ACHIEVE of Marquette County, Partridge Creek Farm and the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market.

Registration and check-in will be located at the PoP Club tent at the market. Questions about the program can be addressed to marketmanager@mqtfarmersmarket.com or 906-362-3276.

Harold South will provide music from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and the mobile food truck, Señors, will be serving food for anyone looking for a snack as they shop around.

The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market is sponsored by the Marquette Downtown Development Authority and is held every Saturday until Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marquette Commons, located at 112 S. Third St. The goal of the farmers market is to support local farmers, growers and artisans by making wholesome, quality food and goods available to the Marquette community.

The market accepts cash, credit/debit cards, SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Market FRESH, Senior Project FRESH and Hoophouses for Health.

For more information about the farmers market, visit https://mqtfarmersmarket.com.