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Holland Farmers Market Opens for Season

Posted at 5:22 AM, May 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-15 06:12:16-04

HOLLAND, Mich. – Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and more will now be available in Holland as the Farmers Market at the 8th Street Market Place.

The market opens for business Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. and will continue to do so at the same time on Saturdays until November 27.

Along with 50 local farmers and vendors, there is a food court serving breakfast and lunch. Crowds might also be entertained with music, magic, and more.

Some of the many featured items include cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes, hanging flower baskets, eggs, meats, jams, honey, cheeses, specialty breads, and more.

Free food demonstrations will take place Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. from May 18 to September 14. A talented local chef or caterer will show folks how to use fresh produce, herbs and other ingredients from the market to create delicious and healthy meals.

There are wonderful weekly activities for kids, too. Each week children from preschool to fifth grade can enjoy fun, educational, and hands-on activities free of charge. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The Kids Activities take place on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. –12:00 p.m. from June 5 to August 28 and begin with a Market Story Time, hosted by the Herrick District Library.

In addition to the weekly activities, there are two large special events planned at the market for the 2013 season.  The fifth annual Salsa Showdown, which includes both a salsa-making contest and a jalapeno-eating contest, will take place on Saturday, August 17.  In addition, The Carve, a professional pumpkin carving competition and fall family event, will be held Saturday, October 12. 

The city of Holland’s Department of Leisure and Cultural Services hosts the Market at the 8th Street Market Place (150 West 8th Street) in downtown Holland. For more information about the Holland Farmers Market, contact Market Master Candy Todd at 616-355-1138.  No pets of any kind are allowed at the Market.