Come out to the East Lansing Farmer’s Market before the season ends Oct 29.
This market is unique in that all products come from Michigan growers. “Everyone here is a farmer, and that’s not always the case at other markets.” said fourth-year vendor Brenda Ginther from Wooden Shoe Herb Farm. “Everything is laid out nicely and is very organized. People can walk up and down easily as they please.”
Customers with SNAP or Bridge cards can use them to purchase items at the market, which also allows participates in the Double Up Food Bucks program. This program matches dollar for dollar, up to $20, what is spent on a SNAP or Bridge card. For example, if you spent $18 on food and used your card, you would receive an extra $18 to use at the market.
For fifth-year vendor Brian Drouscha, the market is convenient because it is close to home. “I’m from Mason, so it’s only 8 miles away.” he said.
A wide variety of products are sold and that is important to fourth-year vendor Jenny Rusnock, who sells baked goods such as jelly and muffins. “I like everything, like the variety of vendors and the dedicated customers we get,” Rusnock said.
Items this year have included fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef, cheese, all-natural chicken, coffee, honey, all-natural soaps and scrubs, lotion, herbal body products, plants, flowers and seasonal products like pumpkins.
The East Lansing Farmer’s Market began in 2009 and brings in an estimated 1,000 visitors each Sunday, when it is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is at 280 Valley Court.