Fenton Farmers Market helps local businesses

The Fenton Farmers Market, which located in downtown Fenton in front of the Community Center, brings in many customers for new business owners, especially for those who have only been at the market for only four weeks. 

Ben Goodrich, the owner of New Leaf Farms, attends the market as his first year at being a local vendor for the market. 

Goodrich started farming in his mother’s backyard while growing his microgreens within his house as well. 

“Our business specializes in salad greens and we also have other vegetables,” said Goodrich. “Such as radishes, beets and carrots.” 

Goodrich owns New Leaf Farms, a local produce farm that specializes in microgreens and vegetables. Being a vendor at the market has helped his business in many ways from new customers to feedback. 

Goodrich said: “Because of the Farmers market, I’m able to get a lot of feedback from new customers, from people asking questions gives me a chance to educate people on the microgreens that I’m selling. That gives us information to be able to grow with the market and meet the demand of the market.” 

The feedback that Goodrich has received is “little things” like the Facebook page or business cards that are making improvements for Goodrich who wants to expand and give more interest to his customers. 

Goodrich started his business because he “fell in love with it” and then decided “Why not try it as a business? Why not go out there and make something happen?” 

Pat Allen, Fenton Farmers market manager, said that having the Fenton Farmers Market impacts local or small businesses in the area. 

“There is a lot of (foot) traffic,” said Allen.

DoG barking with visitors every Saturday for the Williamsburg Farmers Market

Visitors roam around the 60+ vendors making up the 2023 Williamsburg Farmers Market hosted on Duke of Gloucester Street every Saturday. Tracy Frey, manager of the Williamsburg Farmers Market, poses with her rescued porcupine at the market information booth.At the market information booth located at the top of Duke of Gloucester Street, Tracy Frey, market manager, introduces her rescued porcupine to any intrigued community member. A line of customers form in front of Agriberry Farm’s booth, a fruits only producing farm, bringing fresh produce from Hanover County. Virginia Bread Company had a non-stop flow of customers practically selling out of inventory before 10 a.m..Timothy Seaman, compelling acoustic musician, serenaded the market on June 3rd, while playing his hammered dulcimer.Gift of Nature employees stand behind their weekly booth. The farm sprouted in 2001 and is a family business that sells flowers and plants grown on their three-acre property in York County.Visitors inspect plants for sale by Cachalot Farm on June 3.Even bunnies make their way down to the Williamsburg Farmers Market every Saturday.

Holt Food Frenzy provides fun despite weather concerns

Food trucks are seen serving customers outside of the Holt Farmers’ Market on Wednesday, October 12. The final Food Frenzy of the year included thirteen different food vendors, alongside a variety of other goods. DELHI TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The last Food Frenzy of 2022 took place at Holt Farmers’ Market on Wednesday, October 12, with crowds of visitors braving the cold and rain to enjoy food from local vendors, live music, and other activities. Food Frenzies took place once a month throughout the summer at the Farmers’ Market, attracting both seasoned market customers and newcomers.

Northville Farmers’ Market continues as community ‘mainstay’

Nick MaizMany potential customers parked their cars next to the Northville Farmers’ Market on June 25. When Michele Fecht returned to shop at the Northville Farmers’ Market after COVID-19 delayed the first market of the season, she noticed that the parking lots and the booths were still full of people eager to buy produce. Because of this, she doesn’t think the recent pandemic will affect the longevity of the farmers’ market. “I think the market is a mainstay,” Fecht said. “People really value the market, and it’s such an asset to our community.”

The Northville farmers’ market is held every Thursday from May to October every year.

Young farmers excited about working with communities

Capital News Service
LANSING — In the past few weeks, 35-year-old John Krohn estimates his urban farm in Lansing has donated 40 pounds of food to people in need. But don’t call it giving back. “I don’t feel like I’m giving back because I don’t owe anybody anything,” Krohn said. Call it community. A community Krohn said he relies on as a market, and the community where he has chosen to live.