Market Manager Mariah Stout is seeking additional vendors


IMLAY CITY — The opening of the Imlay City Downtown Development Authority’s 2022 Farmers Market takes place Thursday, May 19.

Weather permitting, the market located at the corner of Third and Main streets will run from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Thursdays through the month of October.

Market Manager Mariah Stout is enthusiastic about the arrival of another market season and this year’s vendors.

“I am in discussion with several new and old vendors and really excited about what’s to come,” Stout said. “We currently have a select number of vendors confirmed for the start of our market.”

Stout said that Kathy Stine of Kathy’s Goodies has already signed up and is ready to go with her baked goods, jams and jellies.

She noted one notable absence from this year’s market.

“Unfortunately, we lost Burdis Family Farms of Brown City, as they’re moving out of state,” she said. “We’re diligently looking for new farmers to take over their spot at the market,” she said. “The plan is to have food trucks present every market day if possible.”

Kids’ Day returns

Starting in June, the market will again collaborate with Ruth Hughes Library staff to host monthly “Kids’ Days” the third Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Market newsletter

Stout plans to prepare regular newsletters for the purpose of sharing essential information about the market with the community.

The newsletter will spotlight specific vendors, highlight a “Food Vendor of the Week,” and promote special events on market days.

To accommodate shoppers, the farmers market accepts credit cards and participates in the WIC2 Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP); Senior Farmers Markets Nutrition Program (SFMNP); and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Among the many items available for purchase at the market include baked goods, arts and crafts, fresh eggs, vegetables, jams, honey, maple syrup, fruits, plants and flowers.