GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It’s a sign that summer is coming in Grand Rapids: The Fulton Street Farmers Market and the Outdoor Market at the Downtown Market will open for the season on Saturday.
It’s the first spring the Fulton Street Farmers Market will compete with both the indoor and the outdoor portion of the Downtown Market.
The Fulton Street Market can see as many as 11,000 shoppers a week during the season.
Both markets said last year’s sales were good, proving there’s enough business to go around.
The “Double Up Food Bucks Program” for families with EBT cards is doing very good at both markets. Those who spend $20 with a bridge card will receive a bonus $20 to spend on fresh fruits or veggies.
The Downtown Market will also be going vintage the second Sunday of every month until September. The Vintage Street Market will make its debut on May 11.
“You’ll be able to see a variety of vintage goods from jewelry to clothing, to kitchenware and housewares items,” said Claire Duthler with the Downtown Market.
Around 50 vendors are expected to be part of the Vintage Street Market.
New changes have also been made to the Fulton Street Market this year.
Beginning in June, an Artisan Market will open up to customers on Sunday nights. Also in June, new vendors will have a chance to sell their products on Wednesday nights with a more festive atmosphere.
Food trucks and concession vendors will be available this year so customers can grab a bite to eat while shopping.
Watch the video above as the Executive Director of the Fulton Street Market Melissa Harrington explains more to the changes shoppers can expect to see this year.
Grand Rapids isn’t the only city in West Michigan where farmers’ markets will open on Saturday; several other cities have seasonal openings, too, including the following:
- Battle Creek Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Byron Center Farmers’ Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Fulton Street Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Muskegon Farmers Market: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Outdoor Market at the Downtown Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To check out details on other farmers’ markets opening at a later date in West Michigan, click here.