Edmore Farmers Market receives $60,000 grant

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 2:02 pm on Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ashley Wonsey, left, talks about honey with a customer at Wonsey’s “Oh Beeswax” stand at the Edmore Farmers Market this summer. (Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon)

EDMORE — The Edmore Farmers Market has received a major boost.
The facility recently received an nearly $60,000 grant as part of the Farmers Market Promotion Program through the United States Department of Agriculture.
Edmore Downtown Development Authority President Jack Miller applied for the grant. He envisions an organic, sustainable environment for Edmore in the future.
“We’re trying to build up participation in the farmers market,” he said. “We’ve had a successful start, but we really need to drive a lot more people to the site to create an opportunity for our vendors. The goal of the grant is to improve participation by both vendors and buyers.”
Miller said the newly relocated farmers market complements the historic bagging and canning factory nearby, which may one day be home to a four-seasons market.
“The hope is that not only the village will benefit, but the producers will too,” Miller said. “We’d like people to look for their food to come from local sources as opposed to nonlocal. If people change to a sustainable lifestyle, it drives those dollars back into the community. We want to change how Edmore looks at itself and bring a source of pride into the community.”
Village Manager Karl Kluwe said the grant gives Edmore “a shot in the arm” for next spring.
“Without the people who volunteer their time, you don’t have anything,” he said. “We’re very fortunate here in the village to have people willing to step up to the bat.”
The Edmore Farmers Market meets from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday during seasonal weather. First Baptist Church Pastor Aaron Hadley is the volunteer coordinator for the farmers market.
More than $470,000 was awarded in USDA grants to nine farmers markets in Ann Arbor, Calumet, Clare, Detroit, Edmore, Holland, Manistique, Marquette and Wyandotte.

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