Getting food that goes from local farms to your table has been made easier thanks to the Grand River Farmers Market. “What I hear most from customers is the quality of the food we offer compared to what you find in the store and how the prices are the same, if not better,” said Ben Marks. Marks has been selling produce from his family farm in Lenawee County at the market since 2008. “New customers are sometimes surprised we have such a substantial farmers market in Jackson,” Marks said.
The Grand River Farmers Market is located in Downtown Jackson at the intersection of Pearl and Mechanic streets. Beyond fresh fruits and vegetables, the market offers a wide variety of local products, such as flowers, plants, artwork, baked goods, soap and much more! It is operated by the Downtown Development Authority (DDA). “At the peak of the growing season, you can fill your fridge with produce from the market. Shoppers usually come down for one item and stay for everything else,” said DDA Executive Director Cory Mays.
The market accepts cash and credit cards, along with most food assistance programs including WIC, Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks, and Project Fresh. “The farmers market is here for the community to get fresh food and locally-made items, so it’s important everyone feels welcome to take advantage of all we have to offer,” Mays said.
Marks says sellers are well accustomed to assisting shoppers using food assistance. “We’re glad to know that what we sell helps the community. Shopping here also helps local farmers too and we appreciate the support,” Marks said.
The Grand River Farmers Market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday from June through the end of Oct.