The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) is excited to host three Farmers Markets at the Capitol on the East Lawn of the Michigan State Capitol Building in Downtown Lansing. The events will kick off on Thursday, July 28 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with the future events being held on Thursday, August 25 and September 22.
At the July market, shoppers can visit more than 70 vendors from across the state who sell Michigan-grown and produced products ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables to flowers, meat, cheese, baked goods, prepared foods and much more. Two complimentary yoga classes provided by Lululemon Athletica will be held on the lawn of Capitol from 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Shoppers are encouraged to join in! In addition, shoppers can learn to prepare their favorite fresh, seasonal produce with cooking demonstrations provided by the Holt Farmers Market throughout the day near the east steps of the Capitol Building.
“Hosting this event on the lawn of the State Capitol allows us to demonstrate the positive impacts Michigan’s 300 farmers markets have on their local communities. Our goal is to remind legislators that farmers markets stimulate the local economy, foster community development, and support the health and wellbeing of community residents,” explains MIFMA Executive Director, Dru Montri.
The market accepts Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH and Market FRESH, ensuring that all Michigan residents have access to the fresh, local fruits, vegetables and other food products sold at the market.
Sponsors for the July event include CATA Clean Commute Options, Physicians Health Plan, Lansing State Journal, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The market is hosted by the Michigan Farmers Market Association, a statewide association with a mission to advance farmers markets to create a thriving marketplace for local food and farm products.
To find a full list of farmers markets in Michigan, including those that accept food assistance benefits, visit www.mifma.org/findafarmersmarket.