Buy Fresh, Buy Local – Select Michigan Farmer’s Market

24 07 2008
Shoppers looking for deals at the farmers market at the State Capitol

Shoppers looking for deals at the farmer's market at the State Capitol

I know it’s hard to believe but I actually got my butt out of bed this morning so we could make our way to the State Capitol for the farmer’s market.  We parked along Michigan near the roundabout and headed towards the Capitol.  I was really surprised at just how many people had already started checking out the booths at just a little after ten o’clock.

The sidewalks on the east lawn were lined with pop-up tents full of flowers, produce, fish, herbs, cookies, and much more.  One of the first place we stopped had zucchini and squash 3 for $1.  I just picked up a pasta recipe that uses both of those, so my girlfriend snuck through the crowd and grabbed a few.  As she was paying, she also noticed pints of Traverse City Cherries.  After handing me the bag of zucchini, she went back for cherries. 

The next stop was for me.  The thing I love about farmer’s markets is fresh herbs.  I’ve tried growing my own, but I get impatient and I usually end up killing the plants.  I’d rather just spend a couple bucks and buy small bunches as I need them.  I picked up a bunch of basil and oregano for a couple meals next week.  I love the smell of fresh basil and it made the car smell good the rest of the day. Read the rest of this entry »





Press Release- Gov. Granholm Visits Farmer’s Market

24 07 2008

I’ll have more on this later tonight.  My girlfriend and I made it down there and wound up with some good stuff.  For now, here’s a press release from the Governor’s office on her stop there this morning.

Granholm Visits Capitol Farmers’ Market, Underscores Benefits of Supporting Local Economy
Encourages citizens to visit SaveMoney Web site for money-saving tips
 
LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today visited the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local – Select Michigan” farmers’ market on the State Capitol lawn to underscore the benefits of purchasing local agricultural products.  Granholm said supporting local farmers’ markets is a great way to ensure that money stays in Michigan and, in some cases, can be a money-saver for the consumer since local products aren’t being shipped long distances, which can increase fuel costs that are passed along to shoppers. Read the rest of this entry »




Press Release – Farmer’s Market at State Capitol

21 07 2008

This sounds cool.  I hope I remember to get up Thursday morning to check this out!

Select Michigan Farmers Market on the State Capitol Lawn Will Take Place Thursday.  Consumers have opportunity to purchase Michigan grown products

EVENT INFORMATION:

WHO:        Michigan Dept. of Agriculture
                 Michigan Food & Farming Systems
                 Michigan Farmers’ Market Association
                 Food Bank Council of Michigan 
                 Michigan farmers and specialty food producers

WHAT:    Buy Fresh-Buy Local Select Michigan Farmers Market on the East
                Lawn of the State Capitol promoting and selling fresh, local Michigan
                produce and specialty food products.  More than 50 farmers and specialty food
                vendors are participating.

WHEN:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, July 24, 2008, rain or shine.

WHERE: Michigan State Capitol, East Lawn
                  Lansing, Michigan

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Select Michigan.  It’s good for you, our growers, and our local
economy.





Lansing City Market

29 06 2008
  • 333 N. Cedar St.
  • Lansing, MI 48912
  • (517) 483-7460
  • Website

I really want to like the Lansing City Market.  When we were planning our move to Lansing, both of us were really excited about a year-round farmer’s market that was open a few days a week.  In our present situation, there was a market 15 miles away that was only open Saturday mornings from eight to noon from May through September and since my girlfriend worked Saturday mornings, we could never go to the market together.  Our first weekend here after the move, we got up early and headed downtown.  We had expectations that this was going to be the best thing that ever happened to us.  What a disappointment.  The vendors were rude and pushy and the selection wasn’t that good.  I wasn’t ready to give up though.  It was April, so it was still pretty early in the year.  I said we’d try again come summer.  Well, we tried again at the end of June.  The selection was better and the vendors were a little less pushy, but our view of the market didn’t really change much. Read the rest of this entry »





New City Market

22 05 2008

The Lansing State-Journal is reporting today that the city has struck a deal with East Lansing developer Pat Gillespie to sell the current Lansing City Market site and turn the site into shops, offices, and residential.  Gillespie is also responsible for the Stadium District building on Michigan Ave. not far from this site.

But what does this mean for the City Market?  A new building which is about four thousand square feet SMALLER than the current City Market.  On top of that, vendors will now have to pay for their utilities. 

This doesn’t sound like a good deal to me.  The time I was at the Market, space wasn’t an issue, so loosing four thousand square feet may not be a big deal, but charging vendors more will surely drive people away.  Of course, not everyone is totally on board with the plan.

It’s unclear what kind of reception the plan will get from market vendors and users.

Some want a new building, but there’s a contingent that wants to keep the existing market, said Diane Thompson, president of the Friends of the Market, a group of market supporters.

Advocates for the market also are pushing for a new business plan and management structure for the facility.

“We feel there’s a lot of issues that still need to be addressed,” Thompson said, urging city officials to hold off on selling the market.

The city council has to approve the sale before this becomes final.  The deal will be on file at with the city clerk soon and it will be 30 days after that before the Council can vote.  The current building, built in 1938, would not be razed until the new market is built.  The hope is to have the new building open by summer of 2009





Farmer’s Market’s Set to Open

21 05 2008

Both the Lansing State-Journal and the Lansing City Pulse had articles today about farmer’s markets getting ready to open for the season.  There have been a lot of stories in the local media in the past couple months about people turning to farmer’s market for cheaper produce.  I know I’ve shopped more at local markets since moving to Lansing than I ever did in the past.  Usually, I went to Schnuck’s, Kroger, and Wal-Mart.  In two months, I’ve been to Wal-Mart twice (I would do that in one day sometimes before), Kroger once a week for items I can’t find at Horrock’s and there are no Schnuck’s, but we’ll replace that with Meijer and I’ve only been there a handful of times.

The Holt Farmer’s Market is brand new this year and just a couple miles from my house.  I’ve seen the building a few times and can’t wait unti they open on July 12.  According to the City Pulse article, the Holt Farmer’s Maret will require produce to be located in Michigan and “grow a high percentage of their product.” 

Of course, there’s the Lansing City Market which I’ve been tough on in the past, but we’ll be giving that another try this summer.  The vendors were pretty pushy there and that was the big turn off.  Hopefully summer will bring more people and the vendors won’t have time to be pushy and we can enjoy ourselves a little more and just look around at our own pace.

Lynne Crandell has compiled a pretty good list of Lansing Area Farmer’s Markets for the City Pulse….check out their website HERE for that list of locations, times, and websites