By Kelsie Thompson
Bath-DeWitt Connection staff writer
For nearly eight months, residents in Bath have had the opportunity to purchase locally produced goods from the Bath Township Farmers market.
Every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. the Bath Township Farmers Market is held at the Bath Community Center, 5959 Park Lake Ave.
The market was put together by a group of people within the Bath community, including market manager Matt Golzynski, and presented to the township board where it was then approved and given a budget in June of last year.
In the spring, summer and fall months the market is relocated outside to one of the parks in Bath so it can attract a larger consumer base while embracing the warm weather and outdoors.
The market remains at the outdoors location from the first Thursday in May through the last Thursday in October.
Although the market attracts more customers during the warmer months since fresh produce is more readily available, Golzynski said they still see about 150 customers per week during the winter.
Golzynski said the number of market customers reaches about 400 every Thursday during the peak growing season.
“We haven’t had really great numbers lately,” Golzynski said. “We just don’t have the large variety of fresh vegetables that we do during the summer months.”
Although residents won’t find much fresh produce at the market during this time of year, many other goods are available.
Golzynski said the market offers baked goods, pre-made dips and mixes, kettle corn and a variety of food prepared by local vendors.
“It (the market) is growing and expanding,” said Golzynski. “We’re doing relatively well for how new we are.”
The market accepts everything from cash to Visa and MasterCard and even Bridge Cards.
“We give people access to locally grown fruits and vegetables in the community who wouldn’t otherwise have access,” Golzynski said. “By allowing the use of Bridge Cards, it opens the market to an entirely new audience who usually wouldn’t be able to purchase these products.”
Jon Orr, who is a vendor at the market, said it brings a positive image to the community while giving residents the opportunity to meet new people and become aware of the local products and goods available within the area.
“It’s providing local access,” Orr said. “The market gives people the ability to buy local and support businesses and people in the area.”
In addition to products made or produced only in Mid-Michigan, the market also offers a fun atmosphere for residents to interact and enjoy their Thursday afternoon.
Live music, played by local musicians, is always featured during the market.
Bath resident Marcy Schlinger visited the farmer’s market for the first time last Thursday. Overall, Schlinger said she enjoyed the atmosphere of the market as well as the products.
“It’s important to support local farmers,” Schlinger said. “The market is a great way to educate the community about resources that can be found here.”