The East Lansing Farmer's Market (ELFM), a growers-only market, is located in an inviting, open-air atmosphere, just steps away from the Michigan State University campus and downtown East Lansing. Customers can fill their shopping bags with a diverse selection of fresh, farm-grown Michigan produce and products, including fresh vegetables, grass-fed beef, artisan bread, cheese, all-natural chicken, organic produce and much more.
2016 Market Season
The 2016 ELFM will take place June 5-Oct. 30, 2016 on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court.
Opening Day Bag Giveaway & Ringing of the Market Bell
Opening day of the 2016 market is Sunday, June 5. The first 150 customers to visit the market on opening day will receive a FREE, reusable ELFM shopping bags to the first 150 customers on opening day. In addition, there will be a special ringing of the "market bell" to celebrate the start of the 2016 market season at 10 a.m. with East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows. Members of the community are welcome to attend.
“100% Homegrown Makes Us Different”
What makes the ELFM unique is that every item sold by vendors is 100% homegrown. Vendors must either grow their own produce or make their own products. In essence, customers at the market enjoy authentic local Michigan goods rather than purchasing wholesale items.
Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks Accepted
The ELFM accepts SNAP/Bridge cards at the market and allows customers to stretch their dollars with the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program. As a result of a grant from the Fair Food Network, the DUFB program "matches" SNAP/Bridge card dollars spent at farmer's markets. Customers will receive a dollar for dollar match (up to $20) that can be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Michigan. For example, if a customer spends $20 on their SNAP/Bridge Card, they would receive an extra $20 for FREE.
The market made its successful debut in 2009, bringing fresh, farm-grown Michigan produce and products to community members throughout the region. The market has proven to be a huge hit over the last few years, drawing a crowd of an estimated 1,000 visitors to Valley Court Park each week.