Iron Mountain, Mich. (WZMQ) – The downtown Iron Mountain farmer’s market kicked off its new season with a bang this past weekend. Despite the hot temperatures, crowds flocked to the market to check out the 20 full-season vendors, including some exciting new options.
Sarah Black from Black Ridge Roasterie was thrilled to join the market this year, offering whole beans, ground coffee, and coffee bean bark. “It’s basically like chocolate-covered espresso beans. There’s white and semi-sweet chocolate,” Black explained.
Other U.P. favorites were also present, including Stag Farms, Homestead Growers, and U.P. Sweet Treats for the kids and kids-at-heart. Market manager Sara Wentzel was delighted with the turnout, and the number of vendors. “I’m so excited that the market is back for another season, and I’m delighted with the turn out as far as our first weekend,” Wentzel shared.
Despite the heat, the farmers and vendors were committed to whatever the growing season brings. “We have at least 20 full-season vendors here for all weekends,” Wentzel added.
This year, the market will welcome back some old favorites, and new pop-ups.
Isaac Begres has been bringing his produce downtown for the farmers market since he was just 11 years old, and his amazing golden cherry tomatoes were a hit last year. He will be returning this year with all of his fresh produce options. Shiitake Creek, the market’s mushroom source, will also be bringing their mushroom hauls downtown throughout the season.
But that’s not all – the market’s weekly pop-ups have been a hit, and this summer, at least 15 will be joining in on the fun. Visitors can expect to see a variety of unique vendors and products throughout the season.
Market manager Sara Wentzel is excited about the upcoming season and the variety of vendors and products that will be available. “We’re thrilled to welcome back Isaac Begres and Shiitake Creek, and we can’t wait to see what our pop-ups have in store for us this year,” she shared.
If you’re in the Iron Mountain area this summer and even into the fall, be sure to swing by the downtown farmer’s market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. central time to check out all the fresh produce, unique products, and old favorites.