Traverse City Attractions: The Downtown Traverse City Farmers Market opened for the season Saturday. If the farmers are back … can summer be far behind? Northern Michigan’s largest farmers market, with 65 vendors during the peak season, sprawls its harvest between the banks of the Boardman River and Grandview Parkway at Cass Street in downtown Traverse City.
New this year is that SEEDS, a Traverse City-based nonprofit organization, will take on management responsibilities. "Contracting a mission-driven organization with a proven track record of local food advocacy just makes sense in this position," stated Traverse City DDA Director, Bryan Crough, "With three active farm markets in Traverse City alone and continued projected growth in the fresh food sector, we look forward to having a solid partner to help navigate this evolving community asset. We believe that SEEDS will be a great fit as market manager."
The robust downtown Farmers Market hosts 100 vendors over the course of the season and draws thousands of visitors each year from May through October. Downtown Traverse City Farmers Market hours are Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon with the addition of Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon from June through September. Mike Powers, a Project Manager with SEEDS and the key contact for this contract, adds: "Farmers are the backbone of this community and SEEDS is committed to maintaining the market as a treasured centerpiece of the region’s agricultural scene, an important source of revenue for small farmers and a source for affordable access to the freshest, most nutritious foods available."
Also new this year is that the DDA and Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery will extend their recycling program to the Farmers Market. Two recycling containers, like those found on Front Street, will be placed at the Market for customer use.