Successful season for farmers markets

LEROY — The season for farmers markets is winding down, which has market masters reviewing this year’s success.

Multiple masters say vendors are happy and the communities are receptive to the markets. Farmers markets are places for mostly local vendors to sell their produce or crafts. Farmers markets bring business to neighboring stores and communities where the market is located, according to

“We are looking forward to next year,” said LeRoy market master Christina Cool. “We had really rainy market days, but we had a wonderful time with the community. We are hoping to expand our program next year to include more community events.”

Cool said the farmers market this year provided a wonderful experience for family and friends. She enjoys being the market master so she can see different walks of life.

Seasons for LeRoy and Paris have recently ended. More local communities with farmers markets include Reed City, Evart, Hersey, Barryton, Morley, Tustin and others.

“Everyone was really happy,” said Vonda Kirk, Paris Stone Hatchery Park marketplace and farmers market master. “I got no bad feedback, which is good.”

Kirk said she had a total of 58 different vendors at the park throughout the season. She said the new season for the Paris market will begin May 4, 2017.

Although the Downtown Big Rapids Farmers Market has slowed down for the season, there still is a lot of good stuff, said market master Mary Bechaz.

“Other than being a little slower, we are still going strong,” she said. “People come for the pumpkins, apples, gourds and fresh herbs now. It’s been a lot of fun. It was a good year.”

There are no more Tuesdays, but still are three Fridays left for the Big Rapids farmers market.