Farmers markets wind down in Osceola, Mecosta counties

OSCEOLA COUNTY — As the leaves fall and cooler weather rolls in, farmers markets throughout the area are wrapping up.

Local residents were able to find a variety of items at their local markets including produce, soaps, jewelry, baked goods and honey.

There are no more Tuesday markets for the downtown Big Rapids Farmers Market, but the Friday markets are scheduled to continue until Oct. 27. The remaining market days are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the City Hall parking lot.

This year’s market featured many new vendors for the season, said Brynn Chesebro, market master.

“The Tuesday market doubled in size, which increased foot traffic at the Friday market as well,” Chesebro said. “We also celebrated our 10-year anniversary in August, which was a success. On average I’d say we had between 10 and 15 vendors on Tuesdays and about 20 to 25 on Fridays.”

The Big Rapids Farmers Market had a great season with nice weather, Chesebro said.

“We really had success with the food assistance programs, SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks, that allowed people to shop local and eat fresh when maybe they couldn’t before,” she said.

The Barryton Farmers Market will end its season on Saturday, Oct. 14, with the last market day of the year. The market will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central Park on Rose Avenue in Barryton.

The Barryton Farmers Market has been around for five years and continues to change a bit as time goes on, said James Soriano, market manager.

“It’s important to have the farmers market here to get homegrown vegetables,” he said. “The items are not from California or Mexico but right here in Mecosta County. The people selling things are our neighbors and family members. They are taking their hobby and providing for the community while making a little bit of money for themselves.”

The Evart Farmers Market also has one last market scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Evart City Depot, according to its Facebook page.

The Hersey Farmers Market, as well as the Stone Hatchery Farm Market in Paris, concluded in September.

Once the regular season is over, the Big Rapids Farmers Market plans to have a Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17.