Sturgis Farmers Market needs more customers

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The Sturgis Farmers Market is a cooperative of locals offering produce for sale on Pleasant Street every Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm and in the TSC parking lot every Saturday from 9am to 2pm.

The market was strong before the pandemic, said Jamie Allen of Borderline Farms of Sturgis. But participation has not been as lively in recent years.

Vendors may vary slightly from week to week, but regulars this year include the following:

  • Borderline Farms, co-owned by Norm and Jamie Allen, sells pork and honey from their farm.
  • Knife and tool sharpening by Ryan Schnepp from Constantine. He sharpens knives and some tools on site. Because of the noise, he takes mowing blades home and brings them back to market the next week.
  • Sarah Santos, baked goods, and also has Pockets of Bliss, handmade items by Jo Anne, and a few others at her booth.
  • Daniel and Kathrine Miller, who live south of Sturgis, offer produce and baked goods.
  • Vicky Klophestein offers all kinds of machine embroidered items, including toilet paper.
  • TNT crochet creations.
  • Rosy Ross Crafts and Gifts.
  • Cathy Knapp, baked goods.

Some providers are there in the first year and test the water. Knapp is one of them. She has a busy job, but she loves to bake. If she ever has any unsold goodies, her family and friends will be happy.

Tami Leis Custom Creations sold their custom beverage containers at a farmers market for the first time. Another supplier of a similar product couldn’t make it Wednesday, so she gave it a try.

The farmers market is a risk-free opportunity to see if a business idea or hobby is working.

But vendors need community support, Allen said.

Before the pandemic, each market event drew at least 300 customers, Allen said. It hasn’t reached that number since then, but the sellers value the loyal customers.

Bryan Rawlings of Sturgis stopped at the market with his family last week. He likes to buy fresh eggs, vegetables and the smoked nuts that the knife sharpener sells on site.

“And I’m addicted to the brownies,” he said, gesturing back at Santos’ baked goods.

Theresa Belote of Sturgis, accompanied by family and friends, also made the farmers’ market a destination. Her goal is to help local residents whenever possible. And she sees old friends and parishioners at the same time.

That’s the goal of the Sturgis Farmers Market. Local producers offer services to their fellow residents, creating a stronger community.

Sturgis Farmers Market is sponsored by TSC and the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce, said Norm and Jamie Allen of Borderline Farm.
Sturgis Farmers Market vendors are local producers who offer services to their fellow residents, creating a stronger community.
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