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Opening day of the Portage Farmers Market will be on May 12, 2019. It will run every Sunday thereafter until October 13, 2019. During these 23 weeks, the market hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There are four types of vendors that will be selling at the Portage Farmers Market: farmers, vendors selling food items, non-food vendors, and service vendors. The number of non-food vendors and service vendors will be limited to ensure an authentic Farmers Market experience.
During the 2019 season, the Portage Farmers Market will be located in the City Hall parking lot, 7900 South Westnedge Avenue. This is on the corner of Westnedge and Centre Street.
All vendors will accept cash payment in US dollars. Some vendors will also be able to take credit card payments at their market stalls. The Portage Farmers Market will be able to accept credit card payment in exchange for tokens. These tokens will then be used instead of cash at market stalls. Finally, the Portage Farmers Market supports the following food assistance programs: SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, Senior Project Fresh, and WIC Farmers Market Nutritional Program. Food assistance programs cannot be used for services and non-food items.
All vendors participating in the Portage Farmers Market must meet all Federal, State and local preparation, licensing, labeling and storage regulations. All vendors must also sell only products that are legal under Federal and State law.
The Portage Farmers Market only allows its vendors to use the word "organic" in verbal or written form if they are Certified Organic, in accordance with the USDA National Organic Program.
Yes. Many of the vendors do have their own websites and Facebook pages. Each vendor and their contact information will also be listed on the website for the Portage Farmers Market at www.farmersmarket.portagemi.gov.
Unfortunately, the Portage Farmers Market does not allow pets into the market or anywhere near where food is sold/consumed. However, registered service animals will be allowed entrance. Services animals will be required to have proper identification.
We ask that you do not park inside the Farmers Market area or in the parking spaces behind the vendor tents. There is plenty of parking inside the City Hall parking lot for customers and vendors.
Yes. If a market day happens to fall on a holiday or holiday weekend, the Portage Farmers Market will be open.
Yes. The market normally operates in rain, cold and snow. However, it will not operate during emergency situations or when weather warnings have been issued.
Yes. There is plenty of handicapped parking spaces available to customers and vendors. Additionally, the market has enough space for customers using wheelchairs and other walking aids.
At this time there is not an ATM at the Portage Farmers Market. All vendors accept tokens that can be purchased at the Farmers Market Manager's table with a credit/debit card.
We are always looking for volunteer to help out at the market. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the Farmers Market Manager at 269-329-4237 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music and entertainment is one activity that we would love to add to the market this year. If you are interested in playing at the Portage Farmers Market, please contact the Market Manager at 269-329-4237 or email@example.com.
We are always looking to add new events and activities to the Portage Farmers Market. If you have an event idea or are interested in hosting an event or activity, please contact the Farmers Market Manager at 269-329-4237 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel free to contact the Farmers market Manager, Mary Ruple, with any questions or concerns. She can be reached at 269-329-4237 or at email@example.com.