East Lansing Farmer's Market Kicks Off


Farmer's markets like the one in East Lansing are proving to be vital for local growers and vendors.

Just ask John Coram, who started selling his homemade sauces and spices at the market last year.

"If it wasn't for farmer's markets and working the farmer's markets throughout the state of Michigan I would not have the opportunities that exist for me today," Coram said. "The foundation for me was farmer's markets."

Coram, who was selling his 'Johnny Secreto' products, is just one of several vendors who set up shop Sunday, all of them producing and growing their products in Michigan.

"I really believe that there's a strong commitment from the community to buy 'Made in Michigan,'" he said. "And it's helping us all out from an economic standpoint."

This year the city decided to open the marker about a month earlier than usual because of growing demand from the community, according to Michelle Carlson, market manager.

"It's different from the grocery store where you just go in, you buy what you need and leave," she said. "Here you kind of relax and spend some quality time."

The market will not only offer fresh produce and locally made goods but also live music performances and dining options from a local food truck each week, Carlson said.

"It's an experience," she said. "It really has become a place to see your neighbors and to say hi; it's been really positive."

Amy Schulsler who was shopping Sunday said makes a point to come to the market each week.

"I really do love the farm-to-table concept," she said. "I usually just run into people I know and it's just a kind of nice social time."

A social time, and for John Coram, it's a time for him to do what he loves.

"I get to produce the product but the funnest part is to have the passion to explain to a potential customer," he said. "And have them be excited about it, that to me is a win-win situation."

The market will be open from 10am until 2pm every Sunday until October 27 in Valley Court Park in East Lansing.


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