EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) kicks off National Farmers Market Week from August 7 through 13, 2022 with farmers markets across the state and country. Many of Michigan’s farmers markets will be hosting special events, activities and more to celebrate farmers and vendors, and express appreciation for volunteers and shoppers.
“2022 is a year dedicated to recognizing all that goes into making farmers markets happen. This week in particular is about celebrating the farmers, vendors, market managers, staff, board members, and other supporters who come together to build, sustain, and grow farmers markets in their local communities,” said Amanda Shreve, Executive Director of MIFMA.
National Farmers Market Week is an annual celebration of farmers markets recognized by the Farmers Market Coalition, with Michigan efforts supported by MIFMA. This year, National Farmers Market Week celebrations focus on the essential role that farmers market organizations play in their communities by creating space for community connection and actively fostering more resilient and equitable local food systems.
In Michigan, over 250 farmers markets serve their communities by increasing food access, often in areas where grocery options are scarce, and by supporting small businesses. MIFMA supports Michigan’s farmers markets in their goal to make fresh, local goods accessible to everyone through food access programs including SNAP/EBT, Double Up Food Bucks, Hoophouses for Health, and Produce Prescription.
“Throughout the past couple of years, Michigan markets have continued to increase food access, create inclusive spaces for vendors and shoppers, and provided in-person community connection,” said Shreve. “MIFMA and the markets we serve are continually working to make Michigan farmers markets safe, inviting, and accessible for all. All Michiganders are welcome to join us at your local market during National Farmers Market week.”
Want to visit a farmers market during National Farmers Market Week? MIFMA’s Find a Market tool helps shoppers search their local markets for days, times and locations to join in celebrating National Farmers Market Week, available at mifma.org.
— Michigan Farmers Market Association