What Makes Us Special?
The Eastern Ingham Farmers Market is special space dedicated to creating connections between the farmers and artisans in your community and consumer access to having fresh local food on your table and handmade artisan products in your home.
Besides striving for high standards of quality, convenience, accessibility and diversity, the Market also aims to be a comfortable and welcoming destination that reflects and preserves the agrarian roots of the local communities we serve.
It is a place where adults and children alike can get to know who grows the plants and raises the animals that become our food, and feel comfortable in asking questions of vendors they personally know and trust about how to select and prepare market produce and food products. It is also a place where both farmers and artisans can share their creativity in handcrafted products and beautiful seasonal plant, produce and floral arrangements.
In the end, actually visiting the Eastern Ingham Farmers Market is the only way to know how very special it is. The Market operates from 10:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m. every Sunday from May 16, 2021 to October 10, 2021. Everyone is welcome! Come and share the Market experience:
Averaging 16 vendors per week, the Market features a wide variety of locally-grown vegetables, fruits, meats, flowers, locally produced cheeses, breads, other prepared foods, and artisan handcrafted products.
Buying is easy. The Market accepts cash, Market tokens, and food assistance tokens and coupons. No cash or tokens on hand? The Market “bank” processes credit card purchases of Market tokens, as well as EBT/Bridge Card (SNAP), and Double-up Food Bucks token transactions.
A pre-order pre-pay curb-side pickup system is available for participating vendors. This makes it easier for our customers to access the Market.
The “Seedlings and Sprouts” program offers children’s arts and crafts activities during the Market season.
The “Power of Produce” (POP) Club introduces children ages 4-8 to the Market, its vendors, and the many varieties of fruits and vegetables that ripen and come to Market from May to October. The enrolled children receive special tokens to make their own produce purchases from participating vendors.
Weather and COVID-19 Guidelines permitting, musicians perform in the Market from 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m., including folk, bluegrass, jazz, blues and anything in between!
When musicians are unable to perform, the Market will provide recorded music for your listening pleasure.
The Market is easily accessed. Located at the McCormick Park parking lot at the intersection of Putnam and High Streets, with ample parking nearby, including barrier-free spaces.
Due to social distancing protocols, the Market’s onsite parking is limited to handicapped spaces.
The Market has generous walking and vendor viewing space for patrons within the Market. A wheelchair and carts are available for customers needing assistance for moving about the Market or for carrying purchases.
The spacing of Market vendors accommodates safe-distancing protocols.
Leashed dogs permitted.
The Market is close to retail shops and restaurants in downtown Williamston, as well as antique malls/shops.
The Market is adjacent to McCormick Park, a large grassy municipal park with paved walking paths, a multi-age children’s play area, a volleyball park, restrooms and picnic facilities.
The Eastern Ingham Farmers Market would like to give special thanks to:
- The City of Williamston for its generous agreement to let the Market use the McCormick Park parking lot and storage facility on Sundays and weeks when the Market is in season.
- Current volunteers who assist with set-up and tear down of Market booths, and staff the Seedlings and Sprouts, the POP Club, and the Market information booth.
Without these resources and helping hands, the Market would be much less accessible to the community, and a lot more work to recreate each Sunday.
Again, many thanks!