IRON MOUNTAIN - The 2012 Iron Mountain Farmers & Artisans Market is now under way and runs for 20 weeks through Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
The market is located in front of the performance stage at the intersection of East Hughitt Street and Iron Mountain Street across from the Dickinson County Library. This is the same location as the market was held in 2011. The market is managed and operated by Iron Mountain DDA/Main Street volunteers.
Featured guest for the day will be the Almost Home Animal Shelter which is now open at their new location in Quinnesec. Animals available for adoption will be featured and staff and volunteers from the Almost Home Animal Shelter will be on hand to answer questions.
"There are plenty of animals looking for a great home so please stop by and visit us," noted volunteer Kari Laurent.
The market will also features nurses from the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) who will provide an informational table at the market for the purpose of explaining the "Protect Our Jobs" petition and to collect signatures to put a measure on the November ballot to protect middle class jobs in Michigan.
"It's up to us to protect and create jobs in Michigan. Please come down to the Farmers Market and visit the "Protect Our Jobs" table and sign our petition," noted a nurse spokesperson.
Music will be provided by local singer Jennifer Alwine.
The Iron Mountain DDA/Main Street is again seeking out artist to join local farm vendors this season.
"The committee and vendors are mindful of the fact that the U.P. experiences such a short growing season," noted Promotion Committee Farmers Market Chair Don Khoury. "We are hoping to encourage a more festive atmosphere and additional foot traffic by inviting local artist to join the seasonal market." Artist producing unique products from natural or organic materials are encouraged to join other vendors at the market.
"We have adopted some new policies to assist with ensuring an organized and professional atmosphere," noted DDA/MS Manager Jonathan Ringel. "Vendors will no longer be accepted on site but rather will be required to submit a completed application for the Market Committee to review. Local artist and farm vendors are encouraged to plan ahead for attendance at the market."
Coffee for the month of June will be sponsored by Spiro's.
Interested farmer or artist vendors wanting to participate in the market or citizens seeking additional information, please contact the Iron Mountain Main Street at 774-8534 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.