Thursday, April 6, 2023 - Members of the Marble City Farmers and Art Market (MCFAM) have been hard at work creating a farmers market that will make the entire community proud.
Marble City Farmers and Art Market Manager Donna Brackett said, “We are really excited about the upcoming year of the MCFAM. We have put a lot of work into making this year better than ever and are excited to announce we will able to accept SNAP and EBT benefits soon. We have also developed two seasons for the MCFAM, a summer season and a winter season."
The summer season includes vendors of all kinds, such as those selling vegetables, jams, handcrafted items, and canned goods. Opening day of the summer session begins on Saturday, May 20 and will continue through October 28, 2023.
The winter season will primarily consist of vendors selling homemade goods and art. The winter season begins on November 4 and ends on April 4.
The MCFAM will be open during both seasons every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as long as three or more vendors are present.
In addition, the Farmers Market opens up from time to time outside of the summer and winter seasons. "We operate anytime the town has community events or activities going on. It’s best to follow our Facebook page because that is how we get the word out," Brackett added.
The organization is always looking for new vendors of all types. In terms of fees, the market has a couple of options. An annual May 2023–April 2024 membership fee of $20, or a daily setup fee of $5 for those just wanting to try out the Farmers Market are both available.
“We also have a local sellers initiative, which basically means if you live and grow your produce within 15 miles of Marble City, communicate with the market manager, and show up when you agree to, you will get a full refund at the end of the year," Brackett said.
The future site of the Marble City Farmers and Art Market is located next to the old bank at 103 N. Main St., commonly referred to as the "old Drain's Store." At this time, the building is currently undergoing construction, so the market is being held outside across the street next to the stage until it’s completed.
Organizers say the plan for the new building is to feature an open roof with rafters and attached lights. Half of the building will be dedicated to produce vendors, and the other half will be reserved for the art market.
If you are interested in becoming a vendor or have additional questions, contact Donna Brackett at 918-315-3012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer
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