Taking a stroll down Capitol Avenue in downtown Lansing, Mich. is nothing short of breathtaking. The beautifully preserved architecture of the 1879 State Capitol building wonderfully captures Michigan’s history and culture. On July 25, there was even more culture to enjoy as over 80 vendors from across the state gathered on the lawn at the annual Farmer’s Market at the Capitol.
Organized by Michigan Farmer’s Market Association, the event provided an opportunity for urban communities to meet with producers, purchase fresh food and support Michigan businesses. Offering a wide variety of delicious fruits, locally grown vegetables, homemade jams, maple syrup and bakery goods, there was something for everyone to enjoy. The market also had a wide assortment of goat soaps and yarn, herbal oils, hand lotions and fresh-cut flowers. An aroma from a variety of food trucks lined the street in front of the capitol as guests enjoyed lunch on the lawn.
Each year since 2005, the Farmer’s Market at the Capitol unites the community while promoting local businesses in agriculture. By hosting such a wide variety of vendors, the market encourages community members to try new flavors, a while supporting Michigan agriculture. For local farmers like Andy Todosciuk, the downtown market helps him reach new customers that are not familiar with his market in St. Johns, Mich.
“I’ve been coming here since the event began,” says Andy, owner of Andy T’s Farm Market. “All of our produce is from Michigan, all from local farms.”
GreenStone takes pride in sponsoring the Michigan Farmer’s Market Association each year and helping provide urban communities with fresh produce from local growers. The cooperative is grateful to be a part of an event that educates the community about agriculture while supporting the success of farmers.
For more information on the upcoming Farmer’s Market at the Capitol events that take place August 22 and September 13, please visit mifma.org.