Lapeer Farmers’ Market upgrades facilities for comfort of customers and vendors

Vendors and customers at the Lapeer Farmers’ Market are more prepared for chilly market days since the market’s pavilion was enhanced for comfort in October 2012.

The Lapeer Farmers’ Market has installed gutters, radiant heat in the ceiling of their pavilion, and canvas and plastic sides that roll down to keep out inclement weather. The farmers’ market received a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for $11,386 to purchase and install the upgrades.

Most markets in Michigan operate during three seasons, beginning operations in the spring, extending throughout the summer and into late autumn. Michigan’s variable weather can be difficult to manage and market managers never know what the weather will bring. Rain, cold, heat and wind are just some of the conditions they may have to address to ensure vendors’ and customers’ comfort at the market. The upgraded facilities will offer some climate control to the market and potentially extend the season for local food.

The Lapeer Farmers’ Market has been operating for 25 years and is located on the Historic Courthouse Square in Lapeer at 286 W. Nepessing St., Lapeer. It opened May 1, 2013 and will operate through November 2, 2013 every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The market features delicious and fresh local food including fruits and vegetables in addition to beef, lamb, chicken and even buffalo meat. Vendors also offer handmade products as well as local honey, free-range eggs and maple syrup.

Farmers markets in Michigan are an important part of the local food system and local economy. Michigan State University Extension has community food systems educators who can provide technical assistance and information about the establishment and development of farmers markets.

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