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Celebrate National Honeybee Day at the farmers market

Hundreds of people gather at the Marquette Commons to see what over 60 vendors have to offer at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market every Saturday throughout December. (Courtesy photo)

MARQUETTE — Those looking to celebrate National Honeybee Day can find a variety of bee products at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market on Saturday to take home with them.

At the market patrons will find honey, beeswax candles, honey lotion and, of course, flowers and fresh produce pollinated by the honeybees.

With over 65 vendors at the market this weekend, there is sure to be something for children, adults and even pets.

New to the market this season is Jim Bandeff of Bandeff Farm, who will have freshly picked sweet, white and yellow corn. Matt Williams of Shiitake Creek Mushroom Company will be another daily vendor Saturday. Shiitake Creek often features chicken of the woods, lion’s mane, lobster, shiitake and wild chanterelle mushrooms.

Judy Berglund, or Judy B Knitting, will also be at the market this week. She has hand-knit, felted wool ornaments and other handmade items as well. Jerry Bishop, farmer of Northern Sky Orchard, will have his fruit — early apples, plums and peaches — at the market as well.

There will be a variety of microgreens found at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

End of the Road Winery of Germfask will have its popular fruit and cold-climate red and white grape wines; unique beeswax and bayberry candles made by Pea Pickle Farm will be available; U.P. North Roast 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 fermented beverages at the market, which is organized by the Marquette Downtown Development Authority.

Michelle Czygan will provide music from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and the mobile food truck Dia de los Tacos will be serving their popular tacos and more for anyone looking for a snack as they shop around.

Power of Produce program is in its third week and will run through Sept. 22. All children ages 4 to 12 are invited to participate. Each Saturday there will be a featured produce to taste and an activity. Children will receive $2 to shop for produce and make their own choice or vouchers can be saved and combined for a later use as well.

“The program has been a great addition to the market so far,” Kaitlin Sellers of the DDA said in an email. “It’s an easy way to involve kids in shopping at the market and encourages the habit of making healthy food choices. We look forward to those children returning weekly and hope to have the Power of Produce Club as a season long program next year.”

Seller said microgreens will be featured this week at the POP tent.

“Jess Laxo, owner of Greens & Things mentioned in an email that sunflower and pea microgreens are most enjoyed by children, so we plan to have those ready for the children to taste test. Thanks to our volunteers for running the program every Saturday and thank you to our sponsors as well,” Sellers added.

Power of Produce is sponsored by: Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Orthodontics of Marquette, Lions Clubs of Ishpeming and Negaunee, ACHIEVE of Marquette County and Partridge Creek Farm.

The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market 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.

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