GLADWIN – The Gladwin Farmers will be opening for the season on Saturday, May 23 at 9 a.m. Vendors are preparing to bring a variety of fresh rhubarb, asparagus, and other seasonal produce. Honey, meat, baked goods, maple syrup and many other vendor-made items will be available for customers to select.
Items available will be comparable to last year, however, due to Covid 19, safeguards will be in place to keep customers and vendors safe. The Market is considered like a grocery store by the State of Michigan guidelines. To provide safe social distancing the market will be set up facing outside, with markings on the ground to help customers distance themselves 6 feet apart while waiting in line. Restrooms will not be available during market.
Once again, the market will be participating in Senior Project Fresh and WIC Project Fresh. Information on these programs is available at the Gladwin Cooperative Extension Office and the Central Michigan District Health Department. These programs provide free, fresh Michigan produce to those who qualify. The Market also accepts EBT (Bridge Cards) at the market. By using your EBT card at the market, you qualify for free Double Up Food Bucks. This is a grant funded program that matches the money used on your EBT card to purchase Michigan grown fruits and vegetables. Staff at the market will always be available to answer any questions you have about these programs.
As the season progresses, Market staff and vendors hope that someday, they can go back to the old set up and enjoy more time with all shoppers. In the meantime, please be patient as we try to adjust to the new, temporary, way to do business. If you have any questions, please call Becky Gleason at 426-4133.