End of the Road Winery offering jellies, fruit wines

Pea Pickle Farm will be offering bayberry wax candles at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market this Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

MARQUETTE — Owned and operated by Jim and Robin Barker, End of the Road Winery is a vineyard that was established in late 2015 and is known for its “cold climate grapes” that are suitable for growing in the Upper Peninsula’s harsh cold winters and short summers.

The winery and vineyard are centered between the villages of Germfask, Curtis and Blankey Park and specialize in fruit wine. End of the Road Winery can be found at this week’s Downtown Marquette Farmers Market along with over 65 other vendors.

“We are so happy to offer Upper Peninsula produced wine and wine products at the market again. Their selection of wines and jellies will provide a great addition to your meal,” said Market Manager Myra Zyburt of End of the Road Winery.

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.

End of the Road jellies, which are made with their award-winning wines, will be available Saturday at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. (Courtesy photo)

According to Zyburt, there will be several new items at the market this week.

“There is plenty of fabulous, fresh Upper Peninsula grown food at the market, even tomatoes are starting to come into season,” Zyburt said.

In addition to 54 seasonal vendors, there will be over 10 daily vendors at this week’s farmers market, including Baskets 2 use; Branching Out; Borealis Baking Company; Designs by Vonamae; Elsewhere Farms; Mostly Love; Sittake Creek Mushroom Company; Superior Environmental Consulting; Superior Face Painting/Juggle-Boos; Yooper Sisters; and more.

The farmers market also welcomes newcomers Elsewhere Farms, who specializes in fresh raspberries, The Burger Bus, Marquette’s new mobile food vendor, and Monte Pride, the musician of this week’s market.

The Burger Bus is owned by Michael and Alayna Prahl and sources most of its ingredients from farmers vendors at the farmers market.The MQT Bahn-MI is the bus’ veggie burger option, which consists of ingredients — potato patty, pickled veggies, and radish chimmi — from Full Plate Farm.

Monte Pride is scheduled to play at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market this Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Zyburt said she asked Monte Pride to play the farmers market after she met him in spring.

“Monte played at the evening event at the Farmers Market Manager state conference hosted at Michigan State University by the Michigan Farmers Market Association last March. I asked him if he ever gets to Marquette, that I would love to schedule him to play at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. We worked out a plan and here he is, we are delighted,” Zyburt said.

According to his Facebook page, Monte Pride is a Michigan-born and based folk singer, songwriter and finger-style guitarist.

Other vendors on Saturday will include, Pea Pickle Farm and U.P. North Roast.

“Pea Pickle Farm has been a long standing vendor at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market and we are so pleased to offer beeswax and (new this year) bayberry wax candles,” Zyburt said. “Beeswax candles brings bees generosity full circle, bees are an important pollinator, so we have food, we love the honey and their wax provides a gentle fragrance and warm glow when the candles are used.”

U.P. North Roast roasts fresh coffees for factories, offices, restaurants and grocery stores, at affordable prices. They’ll be featuring their Ethiopian coffee, which is available in whole bean, ground and in k-cups.

Next week, Zyburt said, the farmers market will have a food demonstration and beginning Aug. 4 to Sept. 22, the farmers market will be running the pilot program of Power of Produce. The Power of Produce, or POP Club, is a farmers market incentive program for children which are offered at markets throughout the nation.

Each week, children ages 4 to 12 receive a $2 token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables.

The intent of the POP Club is to engage children at farmers markets and empower them to make healthful food choices. It also aims to increase family participation at farmers markets, increase vendor revenue, and build healthier communities.

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

Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is jdepew@miningjournal