Ag Day at the Capitol, 2006
Farmers’ Markets Grow in Michigan
The Capitol resembled a farmers’ market itself as more than 30 commodity groups set up shop for Ag Day at the Capitol on May 23. Passing out agricultural goodies, from potted geraniums to corn dogs to apple pie, these groups connected with 148 legislators to demonstrate how much agriculture really means to Michigan.
Farmers’ markets are rapidly growing in Michigan because they offer that vital connection between farmers and consumers, every day. More consumers want to eat what was grown in their own communities. In recent years, the number of farmers’ markets in Michigan has skyrocketed from 90 in 2001 to more than 150 today to help fulfill that need.
And now these markets, complete with fresh, local food and a farmers’ handshake, are easier to find than ever.
Thanks to the Michigan Farmers’ Market Association, local food is only a click away.
The MIFMA Web site has a complete listing of all farmers’ markets in Michigan. This project promotes local food and connects farmers to consumers. It also has advice for consumers, farmers and market managers looking to start a farmers’ market or improve one.
Farmers, legislators and consumers could find markets in their own communities on the MIFMA site at Ag Day. Michigan Food & Farming Systems – MIFFS, who received a grant to develop MIFMA with key partners, displayed the site at their booth.
To find your local farmers’ market, visit MIFMA at www.farmersmarkets.msu.edu. For more information about this project or other MIFFS initiatives, visit www.miffs.org.