The 2013 Downtown Sparta Farmers Market is on Wednesday’s from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm beginning June 13 through September 26. The Market will be set up at ChoiceOne Bank Parking Lot in downtown, Sparta! (72 N. Union, Sparta MI 49345)
2013 Downtown Sparta Market Event Details!
Enjoy free concerts in Rogers Park, adjacent to the Market during the June, July, & August Farm Market dates!
The Sparta Farmers Market would like to invite you to participate in our Annual Farmers Market for the 2013 season! Our goal is to strengthen and support local farmers & producers, bring people together in a community activity while making the Farmers Market a weekly destination. Educating local consumers about the benefits of eating locally grown and healthy fresh foods are important to the Sparta Farmers Market!
In addition we have a 10 week Summer Concert in Rogers Park Series with Special Events where the attendance swells!
Sparta Farmers Market accepts: Project Fresh, Senior Fresh, Bridge Card/SNAP Benefits, and Double Up Food Bucks!
Attached is more information and a vendor application. Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Amyat 616-887-2454 or email Chamber@spartami.org. Think Summer- Register Today!
Sparta is a prime location for a variety of Farm Markets, Cider Mills, or U-Pick Markets because it sits on the edge of “The Ridge”.
Fruit Ridge or “the Ridge” is a topographical land feature located NW of Grand Rapids, Michigan and considered to be an agricultural mecca. The glaciers of long ago left behind gently rolling slopes. The deposits were fertile clay loam soils with excellent moisture holding qualities that provided great soil and terrain for the growing of premium fruits, vegetables and the raising of livestock, including buffalo.
Approximately 8 miles wide by 20 miles long, the Fruit Ridge is regarded as one of the prime fruit-growing regions in the world. Elevations greater than 800 feet and its location (about 25 miles from Lake Michigan), creates a unique climate (ideal growing and moderate winters) for fruit production. The Ridge supplies 40 % of the states (Michigan) apples. An estimated 66% of the Ridge lies in Kent County, all within 20 miles of downtown Grand Rapids.
“The Ridge” is an area of 158 square miles (8 miles wide and 20 miles long) covering 7 townships and 4 counties: Kent (Alpine, Sparta, Tyrone), Newago (Ashland), Muskegon (Casnovia) and Ottawa (Chester and Wright).
(Thank you www.fruitridgemarket.com for the information about “The Ridge”!)