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Farmers markets have fresh food, more

Farmers markets have fresh food, more Allen market Allen market GL market GL market
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  • On September 2, 2020

By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief

Lansing-area residents were left with a limited number of entertainment options after businesses temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of now, most entertainment facilities in the area are still shut down, but there are still a number of farmers markets open to the public.

Allen Farmers Market is currently located at 2100 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing for its outdoor season, through October. It is open Wednesdays from 2:30 to 7 p.m.

“About half of our vendors are local farmers who have vegetables and fruits available,” Market Manager Julia Kramer said. “We also have a bread vendor, a cheese vendor, an egg and meat vendor, a coffee vendor, a gluten-free baker, a kombucha vendor, an herb vendor who makes soap and candles, a food truck, and one or two prepared foods vendors who cook in our incubator kitchen.”

Kramer said customers, vendors and staff are required to wear masks and social distance.

“We encourage customers to limit the number of people in their shopping party and limit touching of vendors’ products,” Kramer said. “We provide masks to folks who arrive without one and we provide handwashing sinks.”

Market on the Grand is located at 525 E. River St. in Grand Ledge. It is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It runs the Saturday before Memorial Day until the second week of October.

“All kinds of seasonal fruits and veggies, eggs, plants, meat, crafts, coffee, jewelry, rugs, artwork, handmade items, woodwork, baked goods, Tupperware, paintings (are available),” Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amy Hoyes said. “Occasionally we have a cotton candy person and someone selling firewood.”

Hoyes said everyone is required to wear a mask and vendors are spaced six feet apart. 

“The Market on the Grand is a way for Grand Ledge residents to get some fresh air while also supporting our local merchants,” Hoyes said.

The Holt Farmers Market, located at 2150 N. Cedar St. in Holt, is open year-round.

The market is normally open Fridays and Saturdays, but due to the pandemic it currently runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chuck Grinnell is the market manager. He manages approximately 45 vendors per year and said there is an assortment of goods for sale.

Grinnell said the market sells meat, baked goods, bread, produce, candy, chocolates, milk, eggs, honey, syrup, crafts and specialty foods.

Due to physical distancing, Grinnell said the market currently operates with half of its usual vendors.

“All of the CDC and … state mandates are in place,” Grinnell said. “Masks are required in the market and we have signs up for social distancing and we do enforce all that.”

For more information about farmers markets in the area, visit the Michigan Farmers Market Association’s webpage at http://mifma.org/

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