MARQUETTE - Opening day of the Downtown Marquette Farmers and Artists Market got underway without a hitch Saturday, with the weather turning toward spring-like conditions.
"The attitude down here, it's wonderful, we love it," said acting market manager Karan Hendricks. "Everybody's happy, smiling, getting along. We had a beautiful day for it."
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in the area reached a high of 62. Patrons were greeted with blue skies and sunshine as they wandered through the market, checking out some of the 43 vendors present Saturday.
A family inquires about plants at Ever Yielding Acres’ booth Saturday at the Downtown Marquette Farmers and Artists Market, which will take place every Saturday through October in the Marquette Commons. (Journal photo by Jackie Stark)
Visitors to the market's opening day caught a glimpse of some of the variety that will be available this year, with many farms selling early-season items such as perennials and starters.
Also available were vendors selling woodworking, wax candles, herbal remedies, jewelry, fabric items such as shirts or floor mats and organic meats.
"It's a full market," Hendricks said.
Hannah Brisson, owner and operator of Marquette Township's Hannah's Garden, said she's happy to back at the farmers market for another year.
"It's been fun," Brisson said. "It's been great to see people I haven't seen since farmers market last year - I made some nice friends here - and just some friendly faces I don't even know the names to."
Brisson was mostly selling perennials Saturday, but said once the season gets going, she switches to vegetables and even some fruits.
"Most of the stuff that we grow comes later on in the year," she said.
As people visited friends and vendors sold their wares, the musical stylings of Michael Waite filled the background.
The market typically has one or two musicians play each week and sometimes offers tutorials on how to make dishes using items sold at the market.
Posters sharing information about the yearly local farm tours were also on display.
The first of the year's tours will take people to Chatham, where they'll visit Rock River Farms, Rock River Perennial Garden & Greenhouse and Reh-Morr Farm. The tour takes place today from 1 to 4 p.m.
The next tour is June 2 - a trip to the L'Anse area for a visit to Grand Bees Apiary. That tour will also take place from 1 to 4 p.m.
Tours are scheduled throughout the summer growing season. For more information contact the Marquette Food Co-Op at 225-0671, ext. 25 or email apalmer@marquettefood. coop.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is