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Battle Creek Farmers Market at

Festival Market Square

25 S McCamly Street in

downtown Battle Creek

Wednesday and Saturday

9 am to 1 pm

May through October

 

Bellevue Farmers Market

Washington Park in downtown Bellevue

Thursday 3 to 6 pm

June through September

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Posted 5/11/2018 7:45am by Brigette Leach.

It's early Friday morning, May 11th, and the day for the first Food Truck Friday of the season. Mother Nature is offering up cool temps and a weekend weather forecast of cool and rainy. Not to worry! Both the farmers market and Food Truck Friday goes on, rain or shine. So put on your jackets, grab an umbrella and get on down to Festival Market Square where food vendors will be offering up all types of food choices, from Asian fusion, to Mexican, to Indian influence, to BBQ, to burgers and gyros,there are plenty of main course options. Then comes dessert. How about cheesecake or a special piece of candy? Cookies for the kids. Some Kettle Corn? There will be coffee drinks, too. Speaking of things to drink, Kellogg Arena is offering adult beverages for sale.

Bring your lawn chair so when the skies clear you can stay awhile to enjoy the musical performance of Feeding Grizzlies. Oh, and be sure to get in on #CerealCityRocks. Paint a rock, hide a rock, find a rock, post the rock, spread kindness. Toni Gore will be on hand to walk you through it. Miss Sally will be on hand for face painting. Stop by to see her and choose what you want to have her paint on your face.

 

Food Truck Friday May 2017

Posted 5/3/2018 10:08am by Brigette Leach.

Despite a weather forecast with a chance of rain, Opening Day weather was pleasant and dry. We want to thank all of the loyal customers who visited the market to welcome back returning vendors and make new vendors feel welcome.

Kristina Moore, Verdant Grace, took some great photos of the day and has posted them to our Facebook page @BattleCreekFarmersMarketAssociation.

 

Posted 4/15/2018 2:04pm by Brigette Leach.

You could say we lucked out, I guess. I mean we did miss out on the worst of the weekend storm. Seeing pictures from the Dakotas where they had blizzard conditions and from around the rest of Michigan, it's hard not to think that.

As I sit here watching the chunks of ice fall off the tree outside my office it's a little hard to believe that opening day for the downtown Farmers Market is just 17 days away. But it is! The good news is that several new vendors are joining both the Battle Creek and Bellevue markets. New to the Bellevue market are 2 Guys and a Grill, and Baba Turk Doner who will be at both Battle Creek and Bellevue. They will be offering ready to eat food so plan on making your way to the market soon to enjoy it! New to Battle Creek is Richard Moncrief, Specialty Cheesecake and Dessert. Also new is Shyam Shepard and Amanda Castro with Pachamama Street Food. Cliff Rensberger, Sweets and Meats, and Jackson Bredehoft with Cafe Rica USA bring totally new products to Battle Creek. Milk and Quakers, operated by Kristy Skinkle will be bringing her line of personal care items. Peecoon Allen, Umami Ramen, is back along with her friend Herman Jagush who is doing business as Koharu Japanese Cuisine. We're going to be the best place in town for lunch!! Looking for fresh cut flowers? Deb Gigkowski is planning to attend on Saturdays to help you out.

We hope you'll come by the market soon to make these new vendors feel welcome. It's going to be a great market season. See you soon.

 

 

Posted 3/26/2018 4:59pm by Brigette Leach.

Posted 2/13/2018 3:28pm by Brigette Leach.

The 2018 Farmers Market Season is just weeks away! Which means it's time to submit vendor applications. New vendors and returning vendors should complete the application found under the "For Vendors" tab. Need more information? A fee structure and rules for the market can also be found under the same tab.

 

                             

Posted 5/11/2017 4:58pm by Brigette Leach.

On four Fridays this summer Festival Market Square will be full of Food Trucks, our vendors, crafts, and more. A joint effort between Kellogg Arena and the Battle Creek Farmers Market Association, Food Truck Fridays will be May 19th, June 9th, July 14th and August 11th, from 5-9pm.

Many of our regular vendors will be onsite to share their tasty offerings, local crafters will offer their work for sale, Kellogg Arena will host the Beer Tent and sponsor the Live Music, and other Food Trucks will join the fun!

Put these dates on your calendar, call a few friends and make plans to spend Food Truck Fridays with us!

Posted 3/29/2017 3:19pm by Brigette Leach.

May 3rd, 2017. That's opening day for the downtown Battle Creek Farmers Market at Festival Market Square.

June 1, 2017 is opening day for the Bellevue Farmers Market in Washington Park.

Vendors will be returning with lots of good things to eat, whether you want to cook it yourself or let someone else cook it for you.

New this year will be an increased number of crafters with handmade items, either made with a Michigan grown agricultural crop or related to food, food preparation, gardening. So if you are a crafts person making pottery, fiber art, garden art, bird houses, aprons, market bags or kitchen themed items now is the time to find out more about our markets. All crafts will be considered but preferences are given to these types of items. See the "for vendors" tab for more information.

Also new this year is Food Truck Friday in Battle Creek. The Farmers Market Association is joining with Kellogg Arena to host the 4 events, each of which coincides with another event going on in downtown Battle Creek. From 5 to 9 on May 19th, June 9, July 14 and August 11 you and your friends will be able to enjoy food vendors, market vendors, crafts, music and beer. Make it your place to be on Fridays to start your weekend off right!

Posted 2/12/2016 4:34pm by Brigette Leach.

Although it's hard to think about the Farmers Market today with very cold temperatures and lots of snow being moved around by stiff winds, vendors have made their decisions for Opening Day in Bellevue and downtown Battle Creek.

Festival Market Square opens on Wednesday, May 4th. Hours will remain 9 am to 1 pm.

Bellevue Farmers Market will open on June 2nd. Hours will remain 3 to 6 pm.

 

Posted 2/4/2016 10:28am by Brigette Leach.

 

2016 Market Season is set to kick-off in downtown Battle Creek on May 4th. The market will run through October. From June 2nd through the end of September, join us at the Bellevue Farmers Market. Market hours in Battle Creek are 9am to 1pm while Bellevue is 3 to 6pm.

Watch our calendar for upcoming events!

Posted 5/17/2015 2:41am by Brigette Leach.

It's in the books! Based on the positive comments we heard, customers and vendors enjoyed the ambiance and easier (actually MUCH easier) vendor set up. The light rain early on in the morning was barely noticed since we were all dry! Joel Coburn entertained the crowd with live music and customers enjoyed the comfortable new seating and tables. All in all, we were pleased and there wasn't nearly the chaos I expected. Thank you vendors for arriving early, for being patience and  cooperative.

Getting all of our vendors into the spot best fitting their needs will take a few weeks so bear with us, your favorite vendor may be in a different spot next time you're at the market. We will likely be a work in progress most of this season. I guess you could compare it to moving into a new house...you can't know how it's going to function until you live in it awhile. Believe me when I say we are going to enjoy the process though! We are so, so excited to have a new facility!

Our thanks to the City of Battle Creek, the Downtown Battle Creek Partnership and Cereal City Development Corporation for their part in seeing the project to fruition. Projects like this do not happen without great effort. It's an impressive area now and will serve the entire Battle Creek community. The space was planned with flexibility in mind, consequently a variety of activities and events can be accommodated, including concerts. 

Even though the "old" Festival Market Square circular drive is gone, and face it folks, while that drive made it possible to park very close to the vendors, it was a bad accident waiting to happen. The close quarters did in fact cause more fender benders than we can count, and the combination of foot and vehicular traffic was unsafe.

If you come to the market via McCamly Avenue plan to enter the parking ramp. On Jackson Avenue use the designated parking spaces. Enter the Riverwalk parking area from Jackson Street. Customer parking in the Riverwalk and Hamlin Avenue ramps is free for the first hour. Just a short walk along McCamly Avenue are the lots at Full Blast and the Rink, where free parking is available. There is no customer parking within Festival Market Square. Please don't use the Kellogg Headquarters parking area, it is not public parking. Need help carrying your purchases? Just ask! Pat at the Market Master's table will be glad to assist with finding a strong body to help you right out.

New vendors on Saturday included The Cheese People, Ben's Soft Pretzels and Forever Blooms. Returning vendors included Farmers on the Move, Pleasant Hill Farm, The Bakewell Company, Eicher Family Bakery, Hoover Farms, Maple Men Farms, Louie's Donut Shop, Verdant Grace, Avalon Farms Homegrown, Elwell Etcetera, Grampa's Pasty and Pie Co. and Sprout Urban Farm.

As the growing season continues and more crops are ready to harvest we expect to see Long Valley Farm, The ARC of Calhoun County, Harris Blueberries, Green Gardens Farm, Wooly Acres and other local growers. 

For Wednesday markets the prepared food vendor line up changes to include La Guatemalteca Tacos, Java Jones, and several others who will come as Daily Vendors. 

Thanks for your continued support of the downtown Battle Creek Farmers Market!