2018-07-08 / News

STC farmers market starts July 10, hires new coordinator

By Mandilee Hecht
Staff Reporter

ST. CHARLES – Area residents looking for fresh and local produce, sauces, salsas, soaps and more can find it this summer in St. Charles during its annual farmers marketplace. Big plans are in the works for the weekly market, with special events scheduled monthly, a variety of vendors on the agenda and a new market coordinator on board.

The 2018 season will kick off Tuesdays, starting July 10 from 3 to 7 p.m.

“We are excited to be starting our third year and we hope the St. Charles and the surrounding community will come out and support us,” Village of St. Charles Manager Matthew Lane said.

The marketplace also has a new coordinator at the helm in Shelly Elliot.

Lane said she has experience in farmers markets across the region and has been with the St. Charles market since its inception.

“We are excited to have her taking on this role and we are looking forward to all the great things the St. Charles Farmers’ Marketplace has to offer our customers,” Lane said.

The market is also seeking vendors for the new season. Currently it has 10 vendors and would ideally like an additional 10 more.

Merchants who offer goods such as meats, cheese, syrups, honey, apples pumpkins or prepared foods (food trucks, concessions, etc.) are encouraged to apply, Lane said.

Currently, marketplace vendors include: cookies, breads, eggs and sewing items by Janice Wicke; handmade soaps by Bloom Into Healing (Tiffany Richmond); apples, potatoes, tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, onions, cabbage by Chernow Farm (Paul Chernow); sauces, dips, salsa, pickled asparagus, seasonings by Mama C’s Sauces (Carol Davis); towels, pot holders, cup holders and more by Boivin’s Crocheted Creations (Kathy Boivin); plants, flowers, and produce by Amman Farms (Renee Amman); fresh-cut flowers, plants, trees and more by Faber’s Greenhouse and Floral (John and Jennifer Dusek); hot dogs, sausages, drinks, snacks and ice cream by Woody’s Hot Dogs (Woody Wilson); tie-dyed apparel and accessories by The Sublime Porcupine (Emily Jenkins); and baked goods and candy by Sweet Cravings Bakery (Shelly Elliot).

The calendar of events for the marketplace’s season includes Tattoo Day with henna and other temporary tattoos on July 17; music and dancing on Aug. 14; a car show, food and kids’ activities on Aug. 25; Wellness Workshop on Sept. 18; and the Haunted Fall Harvest Festival on Oct. 16.

It accepts SNAP, WIC, Double-Up Food Bucks, Project Fresh and Senior Project Fresh and is a member of the Michigan Farmers’ Market Associations (MIFMA).

Those interested in becoming a vendor may call the village office at (989) 865-8287 or email stcmarketplace@stcmi.com. It is also on Facebook.

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