The Mount Clemens Farmers Market has been a local draw for those looking for fresh food and produce, as well as seasonal flowers, for 39 years. The market is set to open for the season on May 5.

The Mount Clemens Farmers Market has been a local draw for those looking for fresh food and produce, as well as seasonal flowers, for 39 years. The market is set to open for the season on May 5.

Photo provided by Pearl Romberg


Mount Clemens Farmers Market returns May 5

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published April 26, 2018

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MOUNT CLEMENS — The Mount Clemens Farmers Market is returning for its 39th year on May 5.

The market, located at 141 N. River Road, boasts products made and grown in Michigan, including fruits, vegetables, baked goods, flowers and plants. There’s even a vendor who frequents the market with fish caught from the Straits of Mackinac, as well as Ed “The Eggman” St. John with his popular poultry.

Pearl Romberg, a Mount Clemens Farmers Market board member, said items available on opening day will include bedding plants, hanging baskets, planters, annuals and perennials, among others. Many of the vendors will have spring vegetables. There will also be fresh eggs, mushrooms, honey and pasta vendors. Romberg will be selling her breads, jams and jellies, among many other items, but not rhubarb, “because it’s been too cool.”

Romberg has been involved in the market for 34 years. A native of Harrison Township, her parents were also farmers who participated in the market for many years.

The market is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 17. The Wednesday farmers market, at the Roskopp parking lot adjacent to the Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, will be open 1-5 p.m. July 25-Sept. 19.

Michelle Weiss, director of the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority, said the benefits of the Wednesday market go both ways.

“When customers come in to the downtown to shop or dine, it’s a great opportunity for the business owners to let their customers know that the farmers market will be in the downtown on Wednesday afternoons in the summer months,” she said. “It also gives the farmers an opportunity to let their customers know that they will be in downtown on Wednesdays and to stop by and visit them. It’s a great marketing tool.”

In total, there are 23 permanent farmers/growers/vendors each market weekend. They mainly come from farms in Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair and Sanilac counties.

“We’re a unique farmers market in the sense that all the products for sale are sold fresh by the farmers themselves,” said Romberg. “A lot of markets have vendors that purchase items and resell them at the market.”

Romberg and her husband, Paul, have been vendors selling products grown on their Ubly farm for the past 32 years.

As the seasons change from spring to summer to fall, vendors at the market change up the farm-fresh products they sell. Each season also brings along special events, such as a Mother’s Day event on May 12.

On the last day of each year, the market holds a ceremonial Hubbard squash drop, which will be planted outside the market on opening day. When it’s fully grown come November, market vendors drop it from a high distance until it breaks into pieces. Those pieces are then offered to patrons.

“Farmers markets are very popular and are definitely an asset to a community,” Weiss said. “When a business is looking for a location to open downtown, the farmers market is a draw. When people are looking for a place to buy a home, they want a quality of life where they live. The convenience of having a quality farmers market in your own hometown can make the difference between one city to another whether you’re opening a business or buying a home.”

The Mount Clemens Farmers Market accepts Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits; the Michigan Bridge Card; WIC; as well as debit via a token system, and a Double Up Food Bucks offer for Bridge Card users.

For more information and details on upcoming events, go to mountclemensfarmersmarket.com or check out the Mount Clemens Farmers Market Facebook page.

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