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My Town: It must be summer - Rockford Farm Market opens Saturday!
My Town: It must be summer - Rockford Farm Market opens Saturday!

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Voted "America's Favorite Farmers Market" in a nationwide online contest in 2011, the Rockford Farm Market returns for its 13th season this Saturday, May 10.

"I am so looking forward to this farm market season," said Kim McKay, Rockford city treasurer and farm market administrator. "After the hellacious winter we have all survived, I'm eager for the Rockford Farm Market to usher in what hopefully will be another glorious West Michigan summer. Rockford is proud its downtown market offers up a complete cornucopia of strictly Michigan farm and orchard produce and prepared foods."

Embraced by the greater Rockford community since its inception in 2001, the Rockford Market has evolved into a true destination farm market for "foodies" and epicureans alike from near and far.

Anchored from day one by L&L Bull Farms, Deimer's Winter Gardens, Visser Farms, and TerAvest Farms (to name some of many) the Rockford Farm Market is not content to rest on its laurels. This farm market season, patrons will see the introduction of new vendors with new offerings, adding to the market's eclectic mix. 

Direct from Dewitt, MI and the Downtown Grand Rapids Market, the Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe' will tempt market-goers with strictly homemade fruit pies, muffins and cupcakes, scones and cookies, and much more- all made with Michigan-sourced seasonal fruits and ingredients.

A local favorite, Sparta's "Under the Pines", will be a regular weekly vendor this year, operating out of two stalls instead of one.

The Granola Tree of Brighton, MI will be featuring a variety of flavored nut butters, unsweetened granola, flavored oatmeals, and jams. 

Another new local player will be "Happy Greens", which will feature microgreens and heritage lettuce plantings, along with wheat grass and tomatoes. Strictly non-GMO, all products are grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides.

Casey Lemieux , the market's floral bouquet maker extraordinaire, will be center stage in a highly visible new location. Her "Flower Garden" greenhouse flowers are in full bloom and she's ready to custom create spring bouquets. 

The Rockford Farm Market is adjacent to the White Pine Trail, in the South Squires Street parking lot (access off Main Street or Bridge Street). Every Saturday morning, rain or shine, May 10 - Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.