Leelanau Farmers Markets Accepting Vendor Applications For 2021 Season
Feb. 26, 2021
Linda Szarkowski, market coordinator for the Leelanau Farmers Markets Association (LFMA) says those interested in being a vendor at any of the county’s five markets (Glen Arbor – Tuesdays; Leland – Thursdays; Northport – Fridays; Suttons Bay – Saturdays; and Empire – Saturdays) may apply now on the nonprofit’s website.
LFMAs mission is to provide the community with fresh, locally produced farm and food products and provide farmers an outlet to sell them, thus increasing access to good local food choices. Products sold at the markets must be grown or produced locally — in Leelanau, Grand Traverse, or Benzie counties.
Raw produce; maple syrup; cheese; nursery and cut flowers, products from wineries and cideries (limited to 1 - 3 total per market depending on market size); non-food agricultural products (herbal soap, local wool); prepared food and vendors selling under the cottage food law (tacos, cookies, pies, jams, breads); and non-agricultural/artisan products (artwork, furniture, clothing) are all considered.
Vendors should check with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Food Division, regarding licensing requirements.
Szarkowski says all previous year’s vendors must re-apply, adding: “Our 2020 season went really well — with sales up a bit — and we noted people really liked purchasing local and supporting the farmers and artisans.Comment
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