Evart Farmers' Market kicks off Saturday

Jill Moyer takes over as market manager

EVART — Summer offers the chance for residents to enjoy the bounty of the land, and the Evart Farmers' Market will give everyone the chance to enjoy the season's crops and more from the local area.

The market will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday starting June 20 through Oct. 10 outside of the Evart Depot.

June-Marie Essner has stepped down as market manager, and the title has been passed to Jill Moyer, who was asked if she was interested in taking the helm.

"I love our community and the people in it, so I thought this would be a great way to be involved," Moyer said.

Vendors selling fresh produce, fresh meat, locally harvested honey, starter plants, homemade pies, knit items and more will be available for shoppers.

Moyer said the Farmers' Market will accept SNAP, or bridge cards, and also will offer Double Up Food Bucks on the first $20 of SNAP purchased at the market. The SNAP and DUFB program uses a token system, where the customer comes to the Market Information Booth and tells the staff person the amount of SNAP they wish to use. A market staff member will process the card and once approved, give the customer tokens for the dollar amount requested. The tokens can then be spent at participating vendors stalls. The tokens do not expire, so they can be saved and used at a later date.

Many vendors will accept WIC Fresh and Market (Senior) Fresh Coupons, Moyer added.

"The market accepting these assistance programs helps the local farmers and helps people eat fresh items," she said. "It also gives them more bang for their buck."

Anyone interested in being a vendor can email evartfarmmarket@gmail.com or ddadirector@evart.org to receive a handbook and electronic or mailed application. The cost for vendors is $10 per week or $150 per season.

Guest agencies or organizations who wish to provide information to the public also are welcome to set up a booth. An application form is required to reserve the market date desired and there is no cost if there are no items for sale.

Moyer is looking forward to the new market season and is enjoying seeing how the market comes together behind the scenes.

"I want to create more awareness of the market and give people the knowledge of the benefits of using fresh products," she said. "It's always nice to provide something different for families that they may have never tried before."