Granddaddy of area farm markets to open Saturday, June 4
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL
Rockford City Treasurer Kim “Farmer” McKay wears many hats, one of which is that of Rockford’s Farm Market Administrator. McKay is proud to announce that the wildly popular Rockford-sponsored Farm Market returns for its 11th season this Saturday, June 4.
McKay and Rockford City Manager Michael Young have decided to let the world know how we’ve all come to love our fair city’s farm market. In doing so, McKay has entered the Rockford Farm Market in the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest, a project of the American Farmland Trust. The contest is designed to raise national awareness about the importance of supporting fresh food from local farms and farmers.
At the end of the contest, which will run from 12 p.m., June 1 until midnight on August 31, 2011, one boutique, one small, one medium and one large farmers market will win the title of “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” for 2011. Rockford, with 42 regular vendors and four daily vendors, has been placed in the medium market category.
“The Rockford Farm Market is an asset to our community and deserves our support. Everyone is invited to help the iconic Rockford Farm Market gain the recognition it deserves and ensure it continues to thrive,” said McKay. “Fans of the market are encouraged to cast their vote in support of Rockford’s jewel of a farm market.”
The strictly popular vote will be conducted online at www.farmland.org/vote. Click on “vote” and follow
the instructions. Inquires may also be made at the Market Masters booth (Market Master Bob Winegar and Lions volunteers) for additional information and promotional materials.
What a feather in Rockford’s cap it would be to win this prestigious contest. Spread the word—tell your friends and relatives to also cast their votes for the social phenomenon, the Rockford Farm Market.
Michigan ranks second only to California in crop diversity. When you visit the Rockford Farm Market you will find a variety of only Michigan-grown, nutrient-rich, healthy produce. Indeed, McKay says, “The heart of Rockford’s Farm Market is the abundance of Michigan-grown produce.”
Because of Michigan’s climate, the varieties of produce you will find at the market will vary on a weekly basis throughout the farm market season (rain or shine on consecutive Saturdays, June 4 through October 29). Each week new crops will be in season and freshly harvested for each Saturday morning market (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, market goers will also find a veritable cornucopia of plants, floral arrangements created to order, bakery goods, cheeses, multiple varieties of jerky, raw honey, and much, much more—all Michigan grown or produced.
We hope to see you this Saturday morning as we renew old acquaintances with favorite vendors and friends alike while we all participate in, what for Rockford has become, a traditional summertime Saturday morning event: the not-to-be-missed Rockford Farm Market.