NEGAUNEE - The Jackson Mine Farms and Crafters Market is set to open its season in Negaunee this week, but in a different location from previous years.
The market, which was formerly held at the Jackson Park in downtown Negaunee, will be held at Miners Park on U.S. 41 this year in an effort to draw an increased number of visitors. It opens Wednesday, running each week from 4:30-7 p.m. until Aug. 29. There is no market scheduled for July 4.
"Until a permanent structure is built downtown, we're going to be at Miners Park," said market master Bill Brazier.
Lois Brazier shops at the Green Goods booth run by Dan and Sherry Goodreau during the Jackson Mine Farmers Market in downtown Negaunee in 2010. The market is changing locations this year, moving to Miners Park along U.S. Highway 41. (Journal file photo)
The location change has already had an impact on the market, which has 20 vendors signed up for the season - an increase over previous years.
Brazier said customers at the market appreciated the historic location of the market near the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, but said they commented on the lack of offerings at the market. In turn, vendors were reluctant to sign up for the market in its old location because of low traffic.
Once the market location was changed, Brazier said vendors started signing up.
"I had calls out of the woodwork," he said. "Nobody knew where it (the market) was."
With the increased number of vendors, Brazier said the Negaunee market would be comparable in size to the Marquette farmers market.
In its first weeks, visitors can expect to see vendors selling everything from crafts to food, herbs to plant seedlings.
As the summer progresses, growers will begin offering fruits and vegetables, according to the growing season.
Brazier said some growers with greenhouses will already have spring vegetables at the market.
Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401.