Farmers Markets at the Capitol

2018 Dates: July 26, August 23, September 20

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT, Rain or Shine

Location: East Lawn of the Michigan State Capitol Building – Capitol Avenue at Michigan Avenue Lansing, MI 48933

Parking Downtown: Public parking is available in downtown Lansing at parking structures and at parking meters along city streets. Parking structures are located at the corners of Washtenaw and Townsend, Kalamazoo and Capitol, Ottawa and Grand and Shiawassee and Capitol. Public transportation is available in the Lansing area from the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA). Visit www.cata.org for route maps and bus station locations.

Market Map: Click the image below to download a map of vendors who are participating in the September 20, 2018, Farmers Market at the Capitol.

Mission

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, Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH and Hoophouses for Health benefits.


Sponsorship:

Position your company and expose your brand at one or more Farmers Markets at the Capitol. These opportunities enable you to reach attendees before, during and after the markets via signage, advertising, social media channels, and more. The 2017 Farmers Markets at the Capitol reached approximately 18,800 shoppers that spent more than $235,000 with 83 unique Michigan farmers and small business owners across the three markets. Support the Farmers Markets at the Capitol today!

There are sponsorship levels available starting at $500, or you can contact MIFMA at (517) 432-3381 to customize a sponsorship package to meet your needs.

Review sponsorship levels and benefits online or through a printable sponsorship form.

Click here to complete the sponsorship form online


Market Participants:

Applications for vendors and nonprofit participants open to members of MIFMA annually from April 1 to May 1. Vendor applications for the 2018 markets are now closed. Please contact Farmers Market at the Capitol Coordinator Ruthy Shemanski at marketmanager@mifma.org or call the MIFMA office at (517) 432-3381 if you have any questions about participating in the market(s).

Vendors: 

These markets have space for 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.

Vendor Materials: 

Event Details and Market Policies for Vendors

Event Details for Nonprofits and Sponsors

Accepting Food Assistance Benefits at the Farmers Markets at the Capitol

SNAP Vendor Agreement

Double Up Vendor Agreement

Emergency Procedures for the Farmers Market at the Capitol

September 20 Farmers Market at the Capitol Vendor Map

Nonprofits: 

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.

Event Details for Nonprofits and Sponsors.