Farmers’ market to open in Harbor Beach
HARBOR BEACH — Harbor Beach will open its own farmers’ market on June 20, announced Rob Swartz, city council member, during the Harbor Beach City Council meeting on Monday night. “We want to make a good impression right away to have people coming back,” he said.
The possibility of the project has been ongoing over the years and the city is finally ready to give it a try. Because of the high success of new farmers’ markets in the surrounding communities, such as Caseville and Caro, Swartz is certain that the Harbor Beach farmers’ market will also grow with each year.
The farmers’ market will take place on Thursdays, so that it will not interfere with the other farmers’ markets in the area. Thursday is also beneficial because it is the pay day for the local factory workers, Swartz added.
The farmers’ market will be open from 2 to 7:30 p.m. and will be located at the Murphy Museum grounds. Between 10 and 12 vendors are expected to be present on the opening day. They will offer fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, plants, baked goods and homemade arts and crafts. No flea market items will be offered.
The topic of the start-up money for the project will be determined at the next chamber of commerce meeting. The City Council of Harbor Beach will make no financial commitment but will offer its assistance with the organization of the project.
Overall, Swartz is determined that with these “baby steps” the city of Harbor Beach will establish a thriving farmers’ market.
“We will probably make some errors but we will correct them in the future,” Swartz stated.
In other business during the Harbor Beach City Council meeting:
• The council approved the payment of bills for the waterfront development project in the amount of $330,649. The payment will be funded through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant.
• A public hearing regarding the adoption of the city budget is scheduled for June 17 at the Council’s consent.
• After the city council meeting a promotional video of the city of Harbor Beach was screened. The video is a part of the Community Development Program designed to raise awareness about the city and increase tourism in the area. It presented a detailed but engaging account of the city’s functional infrastructure, its recreational opportunities, and its tightly-knit community.