November 26, 2014

Arenac Soil Conservation District planning to start farmers market next year

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ARENAC COUNTY — The Arenac Soil Conservation District is in the beginning stages of organizing a farmers market for county residents.

According to Dawn Hergott, administrator for the district, she has received a lot of feedback from people saying they would like to see a market in the county. She said if enough local farmers express interest, then the district would like to begin the market sometime next year.

“We’re in the planning stages,” she said. “If people are interested, they can get a hold of us.”

Hergott said the district has a 1 1/2-acre piece of property on East City Limits Road which it would use for the market. She said she came up with the idea after John Cummings, an Extension educator for Arenac County’s Michigan State University Extension site, talked to her about starting a community garden.

“We thought a farmers market would be good as well,” she said.

As far as what type of items would be sold at the market, she said the main focus would be anything that local growers produce, such as fruits and vegetables, or anything Michigan-based. She said while a couple of larger stores in the community have farmers markets, there is nothing around for the small farmers.

Hergott said she intends to bring her plan before the Arenac County Board of Commissioners.

“We probably will go with them to let them know,” she said. “I’m sure we will take our idea to them.”

Hergott also said the district hopes to start the market in the spring or summer of 2011.

“If we have some interest, we can get that going,” she said. “Hopefully, the community will come out.”

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