Farmer’s market to move to Veteran’s Park in May

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Beth Gohs

Staff Writer

In just a few weeks, the farmers will move back to outdoor vending in Veteran’s Park every Saturday through October beginning in May.

The Boyne City’s farmer’s market has had steady business throughout the winter, thanks to locals who supported the business.

“This was the best winter yet, we continue to get a more steady count of customers,” said Rebecca Harris, Boyne City Farmers Market Manager. “This year, every week we had some sort of greens and vegetables, with the use of hoop? Houses.”

The farmers market has over 70 vendors expected to participate during the summer months.

And, though the application deadline for participants was due in march, Harris said the market is flexible.

“We would consider any applicant that had something new to bring to the market, a real niche that we don’t provide at this point,” she said.

During the winter market, vendors sold a variety of fruits, vegetables, dairy, baked goods, and jellies, along with all types of meat ranging from chicken to bison.

“We have a vendor that does all gluten-free baked goods,” said Harris. “They are absolutely beautiful and taste good.”

You can fill out an application to participate in the farmer’s market on their website at mifma.org.

Currently, the Boyne City Farmers Market’s winter location is in the big red barn building next to the Boyne District Library.
However, there are plans in place to turn the pavilion in Veterans Park into a multi-use facility which could house the market during the winter months.

According to officials, renovating and expanding the Veterans Park community pavilion offers a great opportunity for Boyne City.

During the warm weather months, the pavilion is a focal point for many community and family events, and now the goal is to make it a year-round gathering place.

Over the years, the pavilion has served Boyne City well, but with its popularity and lakefront location, the 1970s structure can use some tender loving care.

After much input from current park users and other interested community members, the favored proposal involves expanding and renovating the Pavilion to include clear door-like walls that can be lowered in cold weather, a heating system, fireplace, kitchen, stage, storage area and improved restrooms.

When renovated and expanded, the pavilion will serve an array of uses for residents and visitors.

The pavilion renovation project costs are expected to be $700,000, which will be funded by grants and local fund-raising.

To secure grants, a local match from organizations and individuals of approximately $200,000 is required for construction to begin after Labor Day.

You can support the pavilion with a tax-deductible donation to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.

Donation checks should be made payable to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation (CCCF), Boyne City Pavilion Fund.

The CCCF is a 501(c)3 corporation.

Donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

The Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently voted to donate $1,000 to the project.

For more information go to www.boynecitypavilion.com, or to schedule a presentation to your local group, contact Hugh Conklin at (231) 675-1768 or email boynepavilion@gmail.com.

 

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