Update for 2020 Farmers Market at the Capitol Events Season
For the last 15 years, the Farmers Markets at the Capitol have demonstrated the importance of supporting farmers, ag-based businesses, and farmers markets to state decision makers by showcasing Michigan food and agricultural products on the Michigan State Capitol lawn. As many as 8,000 individuals come to each market to shop and support the farmers and vendors.
Due to a variety of factors related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Farmers Markets at the Capitol events have been cancelled. Instead of an in-person marketplace, we’ll be promoting our vendors on our website and social media platforms with additional ways to support them.
During this pandemic, farmers markets have been and continue to be among the critical infrastructure allowed to remain open because of the critical role they play in the food system. Vendors and market staff at Michigan’s nearly 300 farmers markets are complying with precautions and making modifications to comply with state and federal requirements. Farmers markets are and continue to be safe places to shop.
We invite you to use this time to support your local farmers market by finding a market near you. You can also connect with markets and vendors directly on the web to support them through online purchasing or other alternative delivery/pickup options.
The mission of the Farmers Markets at the Capitol is to provide a thriving marketplace that showcases Michigan food and agricultural products in an effort to educate our state decision-makers on the importance of supporting farmers, ag-based businesses, and farmers markets.
About Farmers Markets at the Capitol
Annually, the Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) hosts three farmers markets on the east lawn of the Capitol Building in Lansing.
Vendors travel from all over the state of Michigan to attend the Farmers Market at the Capitol. Their products vary from fruits and vegetables to artisan cheeses, eggs, meat, sauces, baked goods, apples, cider, donuts, pies, mixes, spice rubs, jams, fish, chocolates and caramels, soap, honey, beeswax products, popcorn and kettle corn, maple syrup, dog treats and cut flowers.
The markets accept SNAP Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH, and Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH.
These markets have space for up to approximately 75 vendors who produce and sell Michigan food and farm products. For the purpose of these markets, Michigan food and farm products are defined as products grown, raised, or gathered in Michigan or value-added products processed in Michigan that include ingredients grown, raised or gathered in Michigan. Preference will be given to vendors who showcase a majority of Michigan ingredients. Vendors must be MIFMA members in good standing before their application will be reviewed.
Application and Event Materials
There will be spaces reserved for Bushel level sponsors of the market(s). After all approved vendors and Bushel level sponsors are assigned spaces, remaining spaces may be open to nonprofit organizations that support the mission of these markets and are current MIFMA members or partners. Bushel level sponsors and non-profit organizations that participate are not allowed to sell or distribute food items at the market(s). Non-profit organizations may sell items that support their mission and/or the mission of these events.