Farm fresh and local: Capitol Farmers Market

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Farm Fresh beetsLooking to grab some locally grown fruits and veggies when you’re visiting Lansing? Lucky for you there are three opportunities to get your fill of Michigan-grown produce right on the Capitol lawn.

The Capitol Farmers Market showcases Michigan food and other agricultural products, with vendors from all over the state pitching their tents on the following dates:

  • Thursday, July 31 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 28 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 25 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Historically, Michigan is known for its rich agricultural heritage, and it continues to be a booming industry that grows each year. With increasing local bounties of locally grown foods, the number of farmers markets are on the rise too. In 2001, there were only 90 farmers markets in the state, compared to the whopping 307 it grew to in 2013.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with important vitamins and choosing to buy locally grown produce not only keeps money in our local communities, but it also offers healthy options for Michigan’s families. To lend a helping hand to lower income families, Bridge Cards are also accepted at farmers markets across the state. Last year, $962 in SNAP Bridge Card benefits and $234 in Double Up Food Bucks were spent at the Capitol Farmers Market.

Farmers markets offer a unique opportunity to join others in our communities to support local businesses and to pick up some fresh food. Farm owners are vital parts of our communities, and some of our state representatives are farm owners too!