By Carrie Lynch
Holt Journal staff reporter
The Holt Farmers’ Market has extended its hours and is now open every Saturday all year round due to increasing sales from vendors.
Marcy Bishop Kates, executive director and cofounder of Holt Community Connect — a nonprofit organization to help the community thrive — said that market sales have broke a record of over $5,000 this past year.
Market Manager Chuck Grinnell says the increase in sales is due to the growing amount of customers as well as vendors. “Our customer base has grown such that it can support a year round market, we have vendors that rely on year round sales income, and making the best use of an indoor facility, ” says Grinnell.
According to the website, the market previously ran only until the end of November. From May to November the market hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Winter hours began on Nov. 7 starting an hour later at 10 a.m. but still lasting until 2pm. The market will be closed on Dec. 26 due to the Christmas holiday.
Grinnell says that the main difference that the market has now than previous years is the fact they “are always adding new vendors of all types. For example, ready-to-eat, cottage food, produce.”
Crisp Country Acres is a produce company that has been around since 1858. They have stands at over five different markets, trying to sell their products.
Doug Visser, owner of the Crisp Country Acres farms, says “we’re one of the only markets that are now open all year round. Places like Mason and East Lansing close pretty either late October or early November.”
The market has 39 different vendors, including various selling items like fresh pastries, all sorts of fruits and vegetables, eggs and meats, handmade jewelry, crochet items and much more.
“The popularity of the market due to our variety of vendors and fun and social atmosphere,” says Grinnell.
Although they have a variety of vendors, they are still open to expanding the market. If a local person has interest in selling their items at the Holt Farmers’ Market, go to their website, fill out the application and wait to see if you are eligible to be apart of this community activity.