Farmer's Market Muskegon MI

Local resource for farmer’s market in Muskegon. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to local produce and organic food, as well as advice and content on healthy eating.

Muskegon Farmers Market
(231) 722-3251
700 Yuba St.,; off Seaway Dri. Between Spring & Marquette
Muskegon, MI
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Thanksgivng-Christmas Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
County
Muskegon

Muskegon Heights Farmers Market
(231) 739-3378
2600 Baker Street, Corner of Center & Baker Streets
Muskegon Heights, MI
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-December Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
County
Muskegon

Grand Haven Farmers Market
(616) 842-4910
Chinook Pier; Harbor Dr. & 1st St.
Grand Haven, MI
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m
County
Ottawa

Coopersville Farmers Market
(616) 997-9731
N. Main Street Parking Lot Pavilion
Coopersville, MI
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
County
Ottawa

Fowlerville Farmers Market
(517) 223-1079
South Grand at the Village Parking Lot
Fowlerville, MI
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
County
Livingston

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
(231) 893-0323
Hackley Health Bldg; Harvey Street, near Pontaluna Road
Muskegon, MI
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
County
Muskegon

Spring Lake Farm & Garden Market
(616) 866-1537
Church Street, east of the Library downtown
Spring Lake, MI
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Thursday, 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.
County
Ottawa

Montague Farmers Market
(231) 893-1155
4511 Church Street
Montague, MI
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. -12:00 Noon Saturday, 8:00 a.m. -12:00 Noon
County
Muskegon

Springfield Recreation Area Farmers Market
(231) 879-4249
3983 Lund Road; Springfied Twp Park, at Lund & Creighton Roads
Fife Lake, MI
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Thursday, 3:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
County
Kalkaska

Greenville Home and Farm Market
(616) 754-5697
West Washington at Veterans Park
Greenville, MI
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-October Tuesday, 8:00 a.m -1:00 p.m. Friday, 8:00 a.m -1:00 p.m.
County
Montcalm

Agriculture Shock

The simple act of planting a seed and watching it grow has degraded
into bizarre synthetic agriculture based on chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
More disturbing still are the so-called genetically modified “Frankenfoods” that
further distance fruits and vegetables from nature. But most distressing of all,
chemical agriculture’s crops may contain significantly less nutrition than you think.

By Eric Schneider

November 2007

 When thinking of agriculture, it’s easy to imagine the scene of a farmer in a sunlit field or Johnny Appleseed planting a future orchard. However romantic, these notions touch on the inherent simplicity of farming, which—at its most basic—involves people working with nature to produce food beyond their immediate needs. What doesn’t come to mind are planes dropping clouds of chemicals on an expanse of crops or scientists working to modify plant genes. But, increasingly, these are common aspects of modern agriculture.

 Natural farming methods served the world well for thousands of years. But while the Industrial Revolution brought about exponential innovation and vastly greater yields, in the last half of the 20th century even these strides seemed insufficient in the face of surging population and an insatiable desire for productivity above all else. This quest for ever-higher yields initially focused on deterring crop-eating animals and insects, ultimately leading to many decidedly non-organic tactics.

The elder statesmen of unnatural agricultural practices, chemical pesticides came into prominence during the 1940s. Though pesticides were generally quite effective in exterminating harmful insects, it was discovered that they also left behind compounds that poisoned the environment. This issue was publicly exposed in writer/biologist Rachel Carson’s renowned 1962 book, Silent Spring, which led to the widespread banning of the synthetic DDT and essentially jump-started the environmental movement. But pesticide use has continued (and even increased) since that time, resulting in depletion of nutrients in the soil—which, in turn, means less nutrients in crops—as well as chemical residues that remain in produce. While the Environ­mental Protection Agency (EPA) sets limits on pesticides, the trace amounts allowed in many foods can still be linked directly to illnesses such as cancer and Parkinson’s disease. In a 2005 report published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a disturbing 73% of fresh fruit and vegetables tested showed detectable pesticide residues.

Frankenfood Future?
    Concern about pesticides not only brought about increased environmental awareness, it prompted a shift towards organic food, particularly in recent years. Generally overlapping with this period, however, has been the rise of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the result of scientists altering the structure of plants to obtain a specific immunity or trait rather than ach...

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