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Posted on: June 1, 2018

East Lansing Farmers Market to Host UNITY PROJECT Installation on Sunday, June 10

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Farmers Market (ELFM) is pleased to host the UNITY PROJECT installation on Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court.

This interactive art project is sponsored by the East Lansing Arts Commission and features a larger than life structure that consists of 32 posts with identifiers. Participants tie colorful pieces of yarn to posts that reflect their identities. The yarn intertwines with other participants’ yarn to create a web of interconnectedness.

The UNITY PROJECT was “created to raise consciousness about the labels we give ourselves and others and explore how those labels both support and limit building interconnected, interesting communities.” All ages are encouraged to participate.

In addition to the UNITY PROJECT, live music at the market will include Deacon Earl from 10 a.m.-noon and Will Crandell from noon-2 p.m. There will also be outdoor yoga at the market at 9:30 a.m., which will be hosted every Sunday during the market season. There is a suggested donation of $10 and participants are asked to bring their own yoga mats.

The 2018 season of the ELFM runs June 3-Oct. 28 on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park.

About the Market
The ELFM draws a crowd of more than 1,000 visitors to Valley Court Park each week to shop for farm-grown Michigan produce and products. As a growers-only market, ELFM vendors are required to grow their own produce and/or make their own products. The ELFM tagline says it all: “100% Homegrown Makes Us Different.”

This year’s vendor lineup includes a great mix of returning and new vendors. The 2018 vendors include: 45th Parallel Pickle Company, The 517 Coffee Company, Applegarth Honey, Better Finds LLC, The Cheese People of Grand Rapids, Circle F Ranch, Corrion Farms, The Country Mill, Droscha Sugarbush, El Burrito Mexicano, Fire and Rice, For the Love of Grain, The Fresh Lake Whitefish Company, GCC Organics, Guiding Light Garlic Farm, Hickory Knoll Farms Creamery, Jenny’s Sweets & Treats, The Local Epicurean, MI Drinks, Owosso Organics, Pregitzer Farm Market, Rasch Orchards, Rust Belt Roastery, Sanctuary Pizza, Sapo De Solis, Simpatico Coffee, Steffey Farm, Stone Circle Bakehouse, Tomac Pumpkin Patch, Trillium Wood Farm, Wildflower Eco Farm and Wooden Shoe Herb Farm.

Live musical performances take place at the market each week from 10 a.m.-noon and noon-2 p.m.

“The market is a great place to pick up locally grown produce and locally made products, while enjoying a Sunday outing with family and friends in an inviting park setting,” said ELFM Market Manager Karla Forrest-Hewitt.

SNAP/Bridge Card & Double Up Food Bucks Benefits 
The ELFM accepts SNAP/Bridge Cards at the market and allows EBT-eligible 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 to spend (limited to $20 per market Sunday).

Community members can learn more about the ELFM at www.cityofeastlansing.com/farmersmarket.

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