May and November Saturdays (only) 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
June – October Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 7 a.m – 2 p.m.
The Kalamazoo Farmer’s Market is a great place to start your Saturday morning. In fact, several local restaurant owners are there each Saturday morning looking for fresh produce from area farmers to jazz up that weeks menu! From the egg guy to the Papa’s Sausage cart to Otto’s Chicken, there’s something for everyone.
One of the great things about the market is the great local fare sold in so many booths. From Blue Dog Greens and their CSA opportunities to Bar-Land Farms and the great beef they raise, you can find West Michigan food and crafts at almost any vendor’s counter.
Pat Roush is the market manager. I asked her a few questions about the Kalamazoo Farmer’s Market.
1) How many vendors do you have at the market?
We have a permanent number of 59. “Dailies” account for another 20 or so. There is a lottery drawing at 7 a.m. for the dailies each week. That lottery places them in a spot where a vendor didn’t show up that day or in another area as we fill up.
2) What product do you sell the most of?
Produce is the top seller, definitely. Flowers, crafts, meat and bakery fall in next.
3) Have you seen an increase in customers? What do you attribute the increase to?Last year stayed steady from the year before. Gas prices had us worried that people wouldn’t come out but that didn’t seem to affect us. The “local movement” has helped keep the market busy.
4) Are your customers mostly local?
I hear of people coming in from Chicago, Battle Creek, Delton and other outlying areas, so we have locals and others.
5) What makes your market the best in the state?
Personally, I think it’s the wide variety and great selection. We have everything: meats, flowers, bakery, produce. I really believe that has helped.