LANSING, MICH – The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) will kick off the first of three Farmers Markets at the Capitol on Thursday, July 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The market will be held on the East Lawn of the Michigan State Capitol Building in Downtown Lansing. Future events will be held on Thursday, August 24 and September 21.
At the July market, shoppers can visit more than 70 vendors from across the state who sell Michigan-grown and produced products ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables to flowers, meat, cheese, baked goods, prepared foods and much more. Two complimentary yoga classes provided by lululemon athletica of East Lansing and will be held in front of the Capitol at10: 45 a.m. and noon, shoppers are encouraged to participate! In addition, shoppers can learn to prepare their favorite fresh, seasonal produce with cooking demonstrations sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. near the east steps of the Capitol Building.
The market accepts Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH and Market FRESH, and Hoophouses for Health, ensuring that all Michigan residents have access to the fresh, local fruits, vegetables and other food products sold at the market.
Sponsors for the July event include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, CATA Clean Commute Options, Lansing State Journal, Physicians Health Plan, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, Michigan Restaurant Association, Capital Region International Airport, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
The market is hosted by the Michigan Farmers Market Association, a statewide association with a mission to advance farmers markets to create a thriving marketplace for local food and farm products. To find a full list of farmers markets in Michigan, including those that accept food assistance benefits, visit www.mifma.org/findafarmersmarket.