IRON MOUNTAIN - The 2012 Iron Mountain Farmers & Artisans Market is set to begin the 2012 season on Saturday, and runs for 20 weeks through October 20 from 8a.m. to 12 noon.
The market is located in front of the performance stage at the intersection of East Hughitt Street and Iron Mountain Street across from the Dickinson County Library. This is the same location as the market was held in 2011. The market is managed and operated by Iron Mountain Downtown Development Authority/Main Street volunteers.
The Iron Mountain DDA/Main Street is again seeking out artist to join local farm vendors this season.
"The committee and vendors are mindful of the fact that the U.P. experiences such a short growing season," noted Promotion Committee Farmers Market Chair Don Khoury. "We are hoping to encourage a more festive atmosphere and additional foot traffic by inviting local artist to join the seasonal market."
Artists producing unique products from natural or organic materials are encouraged to join other vendors at the market.
"We have adopted some new policies to assist with ensuring an organized and professional atmosphere," noted DDA/MS Manager Jonathan Ringel. "Vendors will no longer be accepted on site but rather will be required to submit a completed application for the Market Committee to review. Local artist and farm vendors are encouraged to plan ahead for attendance at the market."
Princeton Garden's will be the featured guest for the day. They will provide information on their restaurant in rural northern Dickinson County. The restaurant is owned and operated by Emmy Lou Harder and is located at N 7479 Harder's Road in Felch.
Coffee for the month of June will be sponsored by Spiro's.
"We would like to remind people of the Bishop Baraga Catholic School Heritage Festival taking place in the parking on Saturday during the afternoon and evening," noted market volunteer Jinx Brew. "Therefore, market vendors plan to be shifted closer to Moose Jackson in the parking lot for the first market to allow for the setup of the Heritage Festival. You won't be able to miss us though with all of our tents and products."
Interested farmer or artist vendors wanting to participate in the market or citizens seeking additional information, please contact the Iron Mountain Main Street at 774-8534 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.