Though it may not be be determined by any official calendar, a good sign for the start of summer is the arrival of farmers market season.
And here in Mt. Pleasant, there are not one but two farmers markets to attend each and every week through October.
On Thursday, June 6, the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market opens its season on Island Park. Each and every Thursday through Oct. 31, residents will have the opportunity to peruse an average of 35 vendors, a representation of the region’s many farmers, growers, and makers.
The downtown Farmers’ Market, located on Broadway Street between Main and University, runs every Saturday from June 22 to Oct. 12.
"It’s definitely a great opportunity to learn about where food comes from and how to prepare it. The vendors are really helpful explaining these things," says Carol Moody, the city’s recreation coordinator and market manager.
"The market provides a direct link to your food."
Attendees can also expect arts and crafts, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, programs for children, and more.
The market provides several programs to ensure healthy and fresh food for all. Recipients of the SNAP program can use their Bridge Cards at the market, and a Double Up Food Bucks program allows Bridge Card users up to $40 worth of food for only $20 in payment.
Other programs include WIC Project FRESH and Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH coupons.
New to this year’s market is Prescription for Health, a Blue Cross Blue Shield-provided grant that offers six free nutrition classes, market cash, and more.
"Come learn where your food comes from. And try and learn about new kinds of foods," Moody says.
"Plus, it’s a great community feel here, with sitting tables to relax and meet your neighbors."
The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market is held each Thursday at Island Park and each Saturday downtown on Broadway Street.
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