Fresh. Local. It’s What’s for Dinner.

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In case you missed National Eat Your Vegetables Day on Wednesday, you have a field of opportunity to get your hands on fresh local produce at any of our regional farmers markets. On Wednesday, we shared about the flourishing agriculture industry in our state, so it should come as no surprise that Michigan ranks third in the nation for its number of farmers markets. Supporting local farmers is so important because the agriculture industry, food processors, and related businesses employ 923,000 Michiganders—22 percent of the state’s workforce. Grab your reusable grocery bags, hand sanitizer, and your mask and find your favorite local goods at any of our favorite local markets.

  1. Buy local produce to make your own omelet or drop in for breakfast cooked on-site at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market from June to November.
  2. The fruits of South Haven’s labor are evident at the Farmers Market of South Haven celebrating the importance of agriculture to the local heritage.
  3. Smiles and cinnamon bread welcome you to the Marshall Area Farmers Market. Stroll the grassy knolls to select local produce, flowers, and baked goods.
  4. With a history dating back to the late 1800s, Festival Market Square in Battle Creek houses vendors in a covered walkway for all-weather accessibility on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  5. Vendors share tips for cooking or planting as you browse jams, fine pastries, and cut flowers at what has become a Saturday tradition at the St. Joe Farmers Market.
  6. Showcasing products from Michigan and immediately adjacent counties in Indiana and Ohio, the Paw Paw Farmers’ Market regularly features homemade baked goods, unique crafts, and delicious, local produce and is open for business on Sundays.
  7. At the Texas Township Farmers’ Market—“Fresh on Q!” – the community gathers to celebrate fresh, local foods and the rich agricultural diversity of southwest Michigan.

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