Stock up on fresh foods for upcoming holiday weekend

MARQUETTE — Roughly 60 vendors are expected to be at this week’s Downtown Marquette Farmers Market, offering visitors a chance to stock up on fresh meats and produce for the upcoming holiday weekend.

“Here we are, the first weekend of summer and looking quickly at the Fourth of July holiday,” said Myra Zyburt, market manager. “Think ahead for your Independence Day celebrations if you will be headed to camp before the July 1 market. There are several farmers selling their small-farm produced meat, including Ever Yielding Acres from Skandia. Visit their booth for meat, eggs, plant starts, maple syrup and lots of produce throughout the season.”

The farmers market is held weekly through Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Marquette Commons, located at 112 S. Third St.

In addition to the meat and produce suppliers, arts and crafts vendors also set up booths at the market to sell an eclectic assortment of unique items, from wool-felted toys and handmade jewelry, to natural personal care products and hand-spun wool and knitting goods.

The market also hosts live music each week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with this Saturday’s performance provided by Michelle Czygan.

The market accepts SNAP — or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — benefits, as well as those provided through Senior Market FRESH and WIC Project FRESH. It also distributes Double Up Food Bucks as funds to match dollars used through SNAP, and has offered Hoophouses for Health vouchers to qualifying customers. Cash, credit and debit cards are also accepted.

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Ryan Jarvi can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 270. His email address is