Rain or shine, the DeWitt Farmers Market welcomes the community to visit and shop from local vendors. Little does the community know how great of an impact they make on local vendors, their families, but also themselves.
The market began June 7 and will continue through October 18. Every Tuesday from 4-7 p.m, local vendors and businesses meet in downtown DeWitt at North Bridge Street and West Main Street.
On Tuesday Sept. 27, rainy conditions did not stop a crowd from coming out to visit vendors including The Beeswax Barrn, The Cheese People, and TIN CUP cafe and Creamery.
The DeWitt Farmers Market is one of many that Malinda Barr, owner of The Beeswax Barrn, visits throughout the year. Supporting local businesses is very important to Barr. “When you shop local you are supporting many, many families that are depending, producing, or buying from that same company,” said Barr. The Beeswax Barr supports beekeepers around the states whose byproducts she uses to make beeswax candles. You can find The Beeswax Barrn on Facebook, their website, or visit their shop at 1867 Lake Lansing Road, Haslett, Michigan.
Dairy products were featured by The Cheese People. The Grand Rapids company is known for aging cheeses from cheesemakers all over the country. Cheese People employee; Drew Klinkoski, who said he grew up with farmers markets, appreciates shopping local. “A lot of people have never even tried food that are offered here,” said Klinkoski. “It is nice to offer it to people at the markets.”
Another business that is no stranger to the market is OM’s Garden Inc. of Portland, Michigan. The goal is to have bath and body products but as clean as they possibly could be. Warehouse and
production manager, Anthony Vogl has been with the company for six years as it has been perfecting preparation methods for going to the markets.
Vogl said that farmers markets keep downtowns vibrant. ‘That’s the way it used to be,” said Vogl, “People went downtown in your small towns to buy everything they need. OM’s Garden Inc. can be found on Facebook, website, or shop located at 154 Kent St., Portland, Michigan.
The final farmers market will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 18.