Old Town Farmers Market goes weekly starting Friday

by Alexandra Harakas

After a successful eight years, the Old Town Farmers Market quadruples down this week by switching from a monthly event to a weekly one. On Friday, the market will move from the parking lot of Sir Pizza Grand Café to the southeast corner of Grand River Avenue and Center Street, just west of the Old Town General Store.

In 2006, it was started by the Old Town Commercial Association as a way of bringing fresh produce into a neighborhood that didn’t have a grocery store. Louise Gradwohl, executive director of the Old Town Commercial Association, and Rhea Van Atta, owner of the Old Town General Store, are collaborating on the market.

“We’re a lot more organized this year, and we have products to cater to the clientele around here,” Gradwohl said.

“It was a great move to bring a strong market to the neighborhood and provide it on a weekly basis.”

Gradwohl said Van Atta handpicked the dozen or so vendors who will work the market every week. Products available are seasonal produce, eggs, baked goods, prepared foods like eggrolls, jams, specialty butters, flowers, compost and crafty items.

“I wanted to do something with local farmers and a market because I didn’t think once a month was working,” Van Atta said. “But I didn’t want to do my own because that doesn’t work with the community sense.”

Van Atta said she is responsible for having contacts with the farmers and artists, while Gradwohl handles the administrative portion of the market.

“I think it’s going to be a wonderful collaboration,” Van Atta said.

2014 Farmers Market Guide

Compiled by Simone Carter Market organizers self-reported product and sales details

Allen Street Farmers Market
2:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays, May-October 1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing (517) 999-3911, Vendors: American Delicacy (fresh and dried mushrooms and mushroom products), CBI´s Giving Tree Farm, Hillcrest Farms, Mac´s Market, Tomac Pumpkin Patch (bedding plants, rhubarb, maple syrup), Wildflower Eco Farm, Capital Village Trade Cooperative (chair massages), Hickory Knoll Farms Creamery (goat and cow milk cheeses), Kolache Kitchen (Czech pastries, cabbage rolls and pierogies), Ofilia´s El Burrito, Soulful Earth Herbals, JW Kettle Corn (S, B, DU, WIC, MF)

Bath Farmers Market
3-7 p.m. Thursdays, May- October 13751 Main St., Bath (517) 712-2171, Vendors: Hickory Knoll Farms Creamery, Jato’s Produce, Howell Honey, Laughing Crane Farm, Ten Hens Farm, Alicia’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine, Apple Barrel Cider Mill, JW Kettle Corn, Samia’s Mediterranean, Spagnuolo’s Chocolate Fudge and Ice Cream, Looking Glass Nursery, Grammies Goodies, Aunt Bee’s Cakes, Mama C’s Gourmet Sauces. (S, B, DU, WIC, MF)

Charlotte Farmers Market
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, June-October 100 block of Harris Street, Charlotte (517) 543-2681 (WIC)

Dansville Farmers Market
4-7 p.m. Thursdays, June- September (opens June 19) 1050 Dakin Street at M-36, Dansville (517) 676-1791, dansvillefarmersmarket. Vendors: Bunkerhill Bee Farm Craft Apiary, K.A.R.S. Creations (breads and pastries), Fresh Starts, Geneis Sugarbush (maple syrup), Warner Farm

DeWitt Farmers Market
5-8 p.m. Tuesdays, June-October Corner of Bridge and Main streets, DeWitt (517) 669-2441,

Dimondale Farmers Market
3-7 p.m. Thursdays, June-September 136 N. Bridge St., Dimondale (517) 646-0230, pages/farmersmarket Vendors: Bailey Road Pumpkins, Big Daddy’s Big Dawg’s, Roger Carpenter, Clark Sugarbush, Fred’s Jerky Products, G- Naturals, Hillcrest Farms, JW Kettle Corn, Laura’s Outrageous Granola, Lu’s Dessert Breads, MC Farms, Mike’s Village Restaurant, Nightingale Family Farms, Ofilia’s El Burrito, Shabluk Farms, Vang’s Dynasty, Wesenberg Produce, Willow Blossom Farms, Wooden Shoe Herb Farm (WIC)

East Lansing Farmers Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, June-October Valley Court Park, East Lansing (517) 319-6888, farmersmarket Vendors: Detroit Frankie’s Wood Fire Brick Oven, Droscha Sugarbush (maple syrup), Fresh Lake Whitefish Co. (Michigan-caught fish and fish products), Glory Bee Sweet Treats, Hickory Knoll Farms Creamery, The Local Epicurean (organic small batch pastas), Lonesome Pines Beef Farm, Spoonful of Granola, Spartan Country Meats (chicken, turkey, rabbits and Hereford pigs) (S, B, DU)

Eaton Rapids Community Farmers Market
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays 200 block of Hall Street, Eaton Rapids (517) 663-8118, park_market

Eaton Rapids Medical Center Farmers Market
(810) 632-1030

Holt Farmers Market
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, May-November 2150 S. Cedar St., Holt (517) 268-0024, Vendors: Grammies Goodies, Big Daddy´s Big Dawgs, Carol’s Cards, Cupcakes with Love, Saint Tart Patisserie (authentic French pastries), The Golumbki Gal (S, B, DU, WIC, MF)

Howell Farmers Market
3-6:30 p.m. Fridays, May-October 1500 S. Main St., Eaton Rapids (517) 663-9453, Vendors: Wooden Shoe Herb Farm (plants and products), Clark Sugarbush, JW Kettle Korn, El Burrito (S, B, DU, WIC, MF)

Farmers Markets at the Capitol
10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 31, Aug. 28 and Sept. 25 East Lawn of the Capitol, Lansing (S, B, DU, WIC, MF)

Grand Ledge Farmers Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May-October Bridge Street Plaza, Grand Ledge (517) 643-1849, (WIC)

Hartland Farmers Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May-October 9525 E. Highland Road, Howell
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, May-October Corner of State and Clinton streets, Howell (517) 546-3920, (S, B, WIC)

Mason Area Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, July-October 100 block of Maple Street, Mason (517) 676-4175

Meridian Township Farmers Market
8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, May-June; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays & Saturdays, July-October 5151 Marsh Road, Okemos (517) 712-2395, (S, B, DU, WIC, MF)

Old Town Farmers Market
3-7 p.m. Fridays June-October Corner of Grand River Avenue & Center Street, Lansing (517) 485-4283

Open Air Market of Stockbridge
4-7 p.m. Fridays, May-October 125 S. Clinton St., Stockbridge (517) 851-7437,

Peckham Farms Market
Noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays; 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May-October 5408 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing

Portland Farmers Market
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, June-October Old Red Mill on Water Street, Portland (517) 647- 6777

South Lansing Farmers Market
3-7 p.m. Thursdays, June-October 1905 W. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing (517) 374-5700, Vendors: Khoua’s Produce, Full Circle Ranch (goats, poultry, free range eggs), Notting Thistle, Soap Sisters (S, B WIC, DU, MF)

Smith’s Harvest Basket (at Smith Floral & Greenhouses)
3-7 p.m. Thursdays (opens June 12) 1124 E. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing (517) 484-5327,

St. Johns Farmers Market
8 a.m.- noon Saturdays, June - October (opens June 14) Maple Street, St. Johns. (989) 224-8053

Wacousta Community Farmers Market
4 -8 p.m. second Thursday of every month, July-October (opens July 10) 9180 W. Herbison Road, Eagle (517) 626-2039, Westside Farmers Market 3-7 p.m. Mondays, June - October (opens June 23) 740 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing (517) 230-7878, (B, S, WIC, DU, MF)

Williamston Farmers Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, May-October McCormick Park, Williamston (517) 719-6193, (S, B, WIC, MF)