Rockford Farm Market currently in first place in Michigan

So far, so good in nationwide Farmers Markets Contest

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL

Kim McKay, Rockford City Treasurer who also serves as Rockford’s Farm Market Administrator, could not contain her glee when she informed the Squire, “I can’t believe it! The Rockford Farm Market currently leads all other markets in the state of Michigan and is in third place in the entire nation in our small market category of the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets Contest.”

McKay had just gotten off the phone with the good news as conveyed to her by Gretchen Hoffman of the American Farmland Trust, sponsor of the annual nationwide contest. “This call has really stoked my competitive nature,” said McKay. “We can’t rest on our laurels. There’s still nine weeks left before the August 31 contest deadline. We need to reach out to each and everyone to keep the ball rolling in order to turn out the voters.”

McKay was preaching to the choir, as we, in representing The Rockford Squire, have been staunch advocates of the iconic Rockford Farm Market since the day it opened some 10 years ago.

The Rockford Farm Market is the essence of “Pure Michigan.” All goods sold at the Saturday morning markets are either Michigan grown or Michigan produced, all locally from West Michigan. It is a destination market with people traveling from all over, not just locally, to purchase freshly picked and healthy farm produce produced by local farmers.

People appreciate that the Rockford Farm Market does not have a carnie or flea market atmosphere by not allowing food vendor trucks or craft stalls. They love it just the way it is and for what it is, “…a friendly Saturday morning tradition where not just residents but people from afar gather to participate in what has become a social phenomenon along with the opportunity to purchase the very best of what Michigan farmers and producers have to offer,” said McKay.

What’s not to like? The beautiful downtown Rockford Farm Market venue sits astride the White Pine Trail and the Rogue River in a garden-like setting unlike some other market venues that are plunked in the middle of a huge barren parking lot or a trampled farm field.

‘Nuf said. Rockford is all about excellence and teamwork. Let’s make it happen by everyone, market-goer or not, casting their vote for the Rockford Farm Market in the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets Contest. Network with your family and friends and any organizations you may be a member of, to cast a vote for Rockford in this nationwide challenge. The markets that ultimately win will be those who can rally the most support from their customers and their community. Rockford can do this!

Cast your vote online at www.farmland.org/vote or simply stop by the Market Masters booth any Saturday morning to submit your vote. Every vote counts—yours might be the one to put Rockford over the top!

Original vendor still part of successful Rockford Farm Market

Pictured is the ever congenial and smiling market vendor, Nathan TerMolen, along with the Hoving family, who tell us they travel regularly from Grand Rapids to attend Rockford’s “jewel of a farm market.” Shown here are (l–r) mom Margie, Brenden, 5, Juliana, 3, and dad Tim.

One of the original Rockford Farm Market vendors, Little Rooster Bread Company, operated by the Lubbers Farm family, is but one of a core of original vendors who have made the Rockford Farm Market one of the most successful in the state of Michigan. Little Rooster offers bread made the old world way through slow fermentation. They use eggs from the farm, local honey, and organic whole grains milled by a Michigan company. Their breads contain no preservatives or any other synthetic additives. Also available Saturday mornings at the stall are one-pound packages

of Lubbers Family Farm ground beef. Grass-fed and lean, you won’t

find a more healthy red meat option. Also to be found are handcrafted Amish cheeses from the Farm Country Cheese House in nearby Lakeview, Mich.


 

 

 


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