Downtown Marquette Farmers Market’s 2019 Season Review

The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market celebrated its 20th anniversary during the 2019 season, and what a fabulous season it was. Thank you to the Marquette Downtown Development Authority (MDDA) for sponsoring the market. Thank you as well to the shoppers, vendors and community partners for your support and participation; and a special thank you to the Saturday weather for its cooperation too. This was the very rare season that it was dry for each Saturday Market morning!

The Saturday Market season opened May 25 and ran through October 26, offering products from 57 seasonal vendors and 37 rotating daily vendors. The vendor offerings included fresh produce, eggs, meats, prepared foods, and artisan goods. The Late Fall Market consisted of 34 different vendors throughout the fall and was open through December 14.  New during the 2019 season was the addition of a Wednesday Evening market, held June 12 through September 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The MDDA was very pleased to be able to pilot a mid-week market. Look for continued growth in 2020.


UP North Roast generously sponsored live music during the Saturday Market. Throughout the 2019 summer season, the market also partnered with various organizations to provide food tasting and educational programming. The national Power of Produce program continued for its second season at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. Partridge Creek Farm provided volunteer staff to operate the program on a weekly basis through the end of October. Additional funding was provided by Partridge Creek Farm, ACHIEVE Coalition of Marquette County and Taste the Local Difference Local Food Event. Over 750 children participated throughout the season.
 
The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market participates in five food assistance programs (SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH, Senior Market FRESH and Hoophouses For Health). Over $45,000 was distributed in food access benefits during the 2019 season.

The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market has been listed as one of the “9 Best Farmers Markets in Michigan” by bestthingsmi.com and recognized by onlyinyourstate.com as one of the “10 Incredible Farmers Markets in Michigan That Are A Must Visit.” 

Planning for the 2020 Market season is currently underway. The Market Manager for the past 7 seasons, Myra Zyburt, will be leaving the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market in January. Under Myra’s watch, the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market has grown by leaps and bounds into the outstanding market we now have. A search is underway for the next Downtown Marquette Farmers Market Manager, and details about the position can be found at downtownmarquette.org.

Thanks again for an amazing market season. Warmest winter wishes to you all, and we’ll see you in the spring.