A Market Treasure in Grant
By Lesly DeLaat
Photos by Abi Koster
Saturdays starting at 9 in the a.m. the hot spot to be in Grant is the quaint little Farmer’s Market located at the Water Tower Park along M-37.
Though seemingly small in size, the yield is rather large with a wide array of items on display ranging from homemade cinnamon rolls to handmade soap to exotic squash pumpkins.
Vendor Karalise Pratt grows veggies in a sustainable and chemical free manner. She enjoys making artisan breads and fresh jam and also sells the wondrous Michigan maple syrup harvested from her grandmother’s 6th generation farm. Her children also pitch in with their bouquets.
Barb Loe of Funny Farm Produce has been involved in working the farm where she was raised since 1994 alongside her husband Jim. Her booth carries the organic produce they grow, craft items and aprons fashioned by ‘The Apron Lady”, Lucille Price.
The booth of Betty Higgins is where you will find the aforementioned cinnamon rolls, created at her home under michigan’s Cottage Food Law.
Abigail Koster of Little Mitten Soaps has been practicing soap-making for the past 4 years. Her handmade creations combine sustainably sourced locally based ingredients with essential oils to add a pleasing aroma.
These scented beauties are available in many shapes and sizes as are the unscented varieties.
Although smaller than most, the Grant Farmer’s Market packs a lot of punch so make plans to check them out while the season lasts. There are four more Saturdays to take advantage of this local treasure so find your way to the Water Tower from 9am-1pm.
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