In addition to in-season fruit and vegetables, the local venue will also feature “Market Music” performed by local musicians.
Michelle Hanks, who runs Courtyard Concerts and is co-owner of Seven Steps Up in Spring Lake, said teaming up with the farmers market is a natural fit for the group’s mission — encouraging and promoting musical arts, music appreciation and music education through live music performances.
Hanks explained that Courtyard Concerts had a booth at the farmers market last summer. She connected with Christine Boeve of the local Chamber of Commerce, which runs the local farm markets in Grand Haven and Spring Lake.
“We talked about music at the farmers market, and she said that’s something they’ve always wanted to do,” Hanks said. “It really fits well with the mission of our organization, so we had some meetings and here we are.”
Courtyard Concerts provides the sound system, so the musicians can simply show up and perform.
A few musical acts are coming in from Lansing and Grand Rapids, but most are local acts.
Various musicians will perform each Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at the Grand Haven market. Hanks said that if it goes well, the agreement could grow to include the Spring Lake market next year.
“It adds an ambiance to the farmers market, which is cool,” Hanks said. “We’re hoping it makes the community be together just a little longer, stay at the market a little longer.”
The Grand Haven Farmers Market runs Saturdays through Oct. 28. The market is located at Chinook Pier in downtown Grand Haven.