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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 4/27/2015 4:11pm by Brigette Leach.

Battle Creek Farmers Market Association

 

Downtown Battle Creek Farmers Market

at Festival Market Square

Wednesday and Saturday

 9 am to 1 pm

May through October

 

Bellevue Farmers Market in Washington Park

Thursday

3 to 6 pm

June through September



Battle Creek Farmers Market Association market locations participate in Project FRESH, Senior Market FRESH, SNAP Bridge Card, Double Up Food Bucks and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Elder Farm Market Nutrition Program. We are also happy to process your debit or credit cards.

 

 

Hello again!

Even though the weather of late has not convinced me that it's actually spring, the calendar indicates that it's time for our farmers markets to open. We want to make sure all of our customers, and vendors, are aware that the downtown Battle Creek Farmers Market at Festival Market Square will not open on May 2nd. Delays in the Festival Market Square renovation project will cause us to hold Opening Day on May 16th. Despite repeated reassurances from the City of Battle Creek that the project would be completed in time for our long scheduled May 2nd opening, the fact of the matter is that construction is not complete. Again, on the reassurances from the City, we have rescheduled Opening Day for May 16th. We regret any inconvenience this delay causes our customers and vendors.

On a more positive note, we have a great line up of vendors again this year. Many of your favorites will be returning and we have several vendors who are new to the downtown Battle Creek Farmers Market. Confirmed returning vendors include: Grampa's Pasty's, Pleasant Hill Farm, The Bakewell Company, J & S Farms, Long Valley Farm, The Great Bread Company, The ARC of Calhoun County, Sprout Urban Farm, Elwell Etcetera, Verdant Grace, Hoover Farms, Louie's Donut Shop, Eicher's Family Bakery, Farmers on the Move, Beetree Farms, Countryside Produce, Avalon Farms and Kahoona's Granola. Jen's Gourmet Dressings will attend occasionally, and the American Legion Auxiliary will return periodically.

We are very excited with the list of confirmed new vendors, which includes Mycophiles Garden (mushrooms and mushroom growing kits), Java Jones (fresh roasted coffee beans), Great Scott Ice Cream (summertime treats), The Cheese People (selection of quality cheese, cut on site), Ben's Soft Pretzels (freshly made on site), Jocelyn Price (all kinds of flowers, planters and hanging baskets), LT's Angry Mustard (just what it sounds like...hot mustard). Several other new vendors have contacted us and are in the process of getting their applications to us.

We will continue to participate in Double Up Food Bucks, Project FRESH, Senior Market FRESH, NHBP Elders Program, and process Bridge Cards, Debit and Credit cards.

With much work on behalf of Chuck Rysenga, who had taken care of scheduling musicians, we will have live music for each market day from Kalamazoo Folk Life. In addition, the Downtown Market Music Series continues during July and August.

So it's an exciting time of year! We'll do our best to keep you informed of all that happens at both the downtown Battle Creek Farmers Market and the Bellevue Farmers Market. The Bellevue Farmers Market opens on June 4th, 3 - 6 pm and continues through September 24th.

And we think you'll like the new Festival Market Square!

 

Posted 4/23/2015 6:19pm by Brigette Leach.

Construction delays on the Festival Market Square Renovation Project will force Opening Day to be postponed to May 16, 2015. We hope that you will join us at the all new Farmers Market facility. The wait will be worth it!

 

 

April 2015 Festival Market Square Renovation Project

Posted 2/18/2015 11:52am by Brigette Leach.

When the Village of Bellevue did their master plan, the plan included a Farmers Market. It's one thing to put a Farmers Market in a Master Plan, but another thing to get a Farmers Market started and have it thrive. As often happens in small, friendly towns, one conversation led to another and the Village Council invited the Battle Creek Farmers Market Association to sponsor a market in Washington Park. The Association was willing to give it a try, holding the first market day on August 9, 2007.Picture

Well, the farmers market was a huge success for the small town. Today, customers will find our vendors under the beautiful pavilion which was built in 2012, replacing the pavilion that stood in the park for many years,  and music being played in the gazebo that was part of that same building project. There are plenty of picnic tables in the shade of stately park trees to enjoy. Children will enjoy the park playground. Parking is conveniently located along the street.
 
Our vendors, and their products, are family friendly. The Village of Bellevue sponsors live music each market day for everyone to enjoy. It's a great place to catch up with friends, grab a bite to eat and have a picnic in the park, or prepare for the coming weeks meals with fresh Michigan fruits and vegetables, maple syrup, baked goods and more.
 
The Bellevue Farmers Market is held on Thursday afternoons, from 3 to 6 PM. Opening day is June 4th and the last market day is September 24th.
 
New vendors are welcome! Contact us for more information by using our contact form Contact us (contact).

 

Posted 2/18/2015 11:16am by Brigette Leach.

There has been a farmers market in downtown Battle Creek since the late 1800's. In it's current form, as sponsored by the Battle Creek Farmers Market Association, the market has been around since the non-profit association was formed in the 1980's.

After moving around from the Hamblin Avenue parking ramp, to the parking lot at Burnham Brook, the market returned to the Festival Market Square area in 2003. With just six vendors that season, the market has grown and now hosts as many as 35 vendors during the peak of the season. The farmers market had clearly outgrown Festival Market Square. Vendors struggled to keep products out of the sun and rain. Most had to unload their product then move their vehicle to the parking ramp. Very time consuming and inconvenient for the vendors. Customers became frustrated with parking. The mix of foot traffic and vehicle traffic became a safety issue.

Now it wasn't all bad...Festival Market Square Music and an abundance of picnic tables made for a great summer lunch venue. It was easy to grab a pastie, meat pie, burrito or taco, some cookies or some fresh fruit, and enjoy eating lunch out of doors. Our loyal customers took the little inconveniences in stride and came to the market anyway. Vendors made the best of the situation.

Last summer the Battle Creek market location was temporarily moved to the parking lot on the corner of McCamly Street South and West Hamblin Avenue to accommodate construction of the NEW Festival Market Square location.

Construction on the project is expected to be completed in time for Opening Day on May 2, 2015.

Customers and vendors will find an all new facility with covered space for approximately 36 vendors. No more fighting the rain or sweating in the sun while shopping! How great will that be?

A new addition to Festival Market Square is a dedicated stage area that will make it easy for musicians to entertain on market days. How great will that be?

In addition to being the home for the downtown Battle Creek Farmers Market, the venue can be used for festivals and concerts. How great is that?

Getting the picture? Battle Creek is going to have a GRRREEEAAAT new Festival Market Square!

 

Posted 2/18/2015 11:11am by Brigette Leach.

The calendar is set for the 2015 farmers market season with opening day scheduled for the downtown Battle Creek Farmers Market on May 2nd. Opening day for the Bellevue Market will be on June 4th.

October 31st will be the last market day for downtown Battle Creek while September 24th will be the last market day for Bellevue.

No market will be held in Battle Creek on Saturday, July 4th. Be sure to come by the market on Wednesday in Battle Creek or Thursday in Bellevue to prepare for the holiday.