It was a windy day for the Manistique Farmers’ Market yesterday and a real test on our new canopies (and the Market Master’s fortitude!). In spite of the wind, we had a great day at the market, with 246 shoppers coming through. Here’s the line waiting for the opening bell:
I know folks were disappointed at the limited supply of strawberries, but if we really want to commit to eating local foods and supporting local farmers, then we also have to be ready to roll with the ebb and flow of agriculture. We had a mild winter and strawberries started to bloom early – this was followed by below freezing temperatures which cost the strawberry farmers considerable portions of their crop this year.
Don’t be dismayed at the shortage of a particular produce, there is still plenty of yummy and nutritious foods coming to the market each week – and that’s just going to increase in variety and quantity as we continue through October. The farmers are predicting some produce such as tomatoes, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries will be abundant this season (barring snow in August, major hail storms, or locusts).
We will be open next Wednesday, July 4th from 4-6pm, followed by Music in Manistique at 7pm featuring the Floyd Brothers.