Market fresh

The Spring Lake Farm and Garden Market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday, from June through October.
Tribune Staff
Jun 21, 2013

The farmers market is located on Church Street, east of Spring Lake District Library. Local businesses such as Ter Avest Farms, The Flower Garden and Happy Jack’s Popcorn are frequent vendors.

Locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables are the star attractions.

“It’s hard to stand here all day and not be able to eat anything,” said Tonya Zwak, of Hudsonville-based Ter Avest Farms, as she bagged fresh radishes for a customer.

To see more photos from the market, CLICK HERE.

Since its 2013 season began June 6, the Spring Lake Farm and Garden Market has attracted crowds of people hoping to benefit from this year’s crops and flowers. 

Norna Verplank walked around the market before stopping at The Flower Garden stand to buy a bouquet of 10 peonies for herself and her cleaning lady.

“We just love them,” said the Spring Lake woman, holding the bundle close to her nose.

Casey Lemieux of Coopersville, who has been vending for The Flower Garden for nearly 15 years, said she picks peonies during what she calls their "marshmallow phase," when the flowers are smaller and have the texture of a marshmallow.

“I’ve cut about 3,000 stems of peonies this season,” she said.

The Spring Lake market is organized by the local Chamber of Commerce. They also host a farmers market at Chinook Pier in Grand Haven on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

— By Ashlee Shelley, Tribune intern

Comments

gordbzz231

my question is where do they get the fresh produce, most of what you see there is not in season yet, so is really fresh ?

Wingmaster

Where is the Dept. of Ag inspection of this "fresh" Produce in these markets that pop up all over the place? We hear about recalls on items all the time that are contaminated in fields. Are these markets compliant with COOL (country of origin labeling) standards that most grocery stores are held accountable to?

The guy pawing around in the Kettle corn pictured above is not even wearing gloves or a hair net!

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