On Saturday, May 16th, the Northeast Michigan Regional Farm Market had a large crowd for the opening of their 2015 Season with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating their new home at the newly constructed Pavilion in Gateway Park.
Market President, Stephanie Wentworth, welcomed the guests and thanked the City of Tawas City and graciously acknowledged the former mayor and late Duane (Dewey) Walters for their commitment in securing grant funds for the construction of the pavilion and their new home in Tawas City. She further commented “our success over the past many years is because of the continued support and commitment of our market’s vendors who provide their local products for our benefit and enjoyment.”
Also on hand to offer their congratulations to the Farm Market organizers was Tawas City Planning Commission Chair, Mary Doak, Senator James Stamas and USDA representative Jackie Morgan. “It is always an honor to witness a community come together for the benefit of others and support local growers in our region,” commented Senator Stamas.
The Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce helped perform the ribbon cutting. “The Farm Market provides a valuable service to our community while supporting our local economy and we are honored to be a part of this ceremony,” commented Tawas City Councilwoman and Chamber managing director, Janel Walmsley.
The idea for a Northeast Michigan Regional Farm Market dates back to the Spring of 2000 when a small group of local residents wanted a way to bring all of our locally grown and produced items from the farms into town. Creating a way for farmers to sell their wares and prosper and a way for the community to take advantage of fresh healthy food seemed like a great idea. In July of 2000 the market opened with only a handful of vendors the first week… and as they say, the rest is history.
The Farm Market is open every Saturday in Gateway Park from 8am-Noon and every Wednesday in Oscoda’s Shoreline Park from 9am-2pm now through early Fall. Visit www.getitfresh.org to learn more about the Farm Market and how you can get involved.