Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Boyne City Farmers Market opens outdoor season

Boyne City Main Street is pleased to announce the Boyne City Farmers Market outdoor season will start Saturday, May 6. More than 35 vendors will be in attendance for opening day of the outdoor season, in Veterans Park. Market hours are 8 a.m. to Noon. The first Wednesday market of the season will take place May 10 and the outdoor market will be open every Wednesday and Saturday, throughout the summer. 

During peak season the market features more than 65 regular vendors - all local, serving seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs; gourmet baked goods and preserves; eggs and cheese; honey and maple syrup; proteins, fish, potted annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, and cut flowers; plus a juried craft market with unique hand-made items for your home or a special gift.

“We are really excited to move back outside for the season” said Market Manager Erica Tosch. “The amount of fresh local produce already available is amazing, and we’re getting more every week.”

The market will be accepting Bridge Cards (SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) for the sixth year. Customers swipe their card at the market booth and receive tokens to shop with. Eligible foods include all SNAP eligible food products, just like in the grocery store. The market also partners with Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks program. The program allows for up to $20 per market day in SNAP assistance to be matched dollar-for-dollar. For example, if a customer swipes their Bridge Card for $20 in tokens, the $20 will be given to them, plus another $20 in Double Up Food Bucks tokens, to spend at the market.

“Doubling the value of SNAP assistance spent at our market helps people bring home more locally grown fruits and vegetables. It’s really a great program as it helps low-income consumers eat healthier, local farmers gain new customers, and more food dollars stay in the local economy,” Tosch said.

The 4rd Annual Food Truck Rally will take place Thursday, July 13 from 6-9 pm at Veterans Park. Over 25 local food and beverage stations as well as live music will fill the park. The cost is $10 per person, which includes two beverage tickets. Children under 12 are free.

The Friends Farm Meals are always a highlight of the season, breaking bread and toasting the farmers and others who make Michigan’s agricultural community so vibrant. This year’s event on August 12 will take place at Bear Creek Organic Farm and features food from Pigs Eatin’ Ribs. Look for more information at the market booth. Proceeds raised from these events will be used to help fund the Community Pavilion.

The Boyne City Farmer’s Market is a program of the Boyne City Main Street and governed by an eleven member committee consisting of vendors and community members. For more information on the market, visit or contact market manager Erica Tosch at 231-330-0139 or Main Street at 231-582-9009.

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