Sara Hardy Farmers Market

The Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market is THE best place to find locally grown agricultural products.

Get local produce, baked goods, flowers and plants every Wednesday and Saturday through October.

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The Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market is operated by the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and is managed by SEEDs (The Market Manager). The purpose of the Market is to create a sales venue for local area farmers, provide opportunity for consumers to purchase quality farm-grown goods, to provide a community gathering place, and to promote and stimulate economic development and create traffic in the Downtown area.

About the Market

The Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market was taken over by the DDA in 1984. Named after one of the area's leading philanthropists, our market has been a grassroots market that started with less than ten vendors. It has now grown to be one of the top 3 largest markets in the state (and the largest growers only market)! We serve over 115 local area farmers throughout our season and hope to accommodate more in the coming years.

We are governed by the DDA Board, but have a passionate Farmers Market Advisory Board that helps the DDA with major decisions in the management of our market. The Farmers Market Advisory Board consists of vendors, customers, DDA representative(s), and City Commission representative(s).

Our market also firmly believes in food accessibility in our region and support the following Food Assistance Programs: EBT/SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, Senior Project Fresh, Project Fresh, & Hoophouses for Health.

In 2016, the Michigan Farmers Market Association conducted an Economic Impact Study. To view that report, please visit our reports page here.

When Is the Sara Hardy Farmers Market?

The Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market runs every Wednesday and Saturday through October. The Wednesday market begins the first Wednesday in June. The Saturday market begins the first Saturday in May. The farmers market will take place on the ground floor of the Old Town Parking Deck during the National Cherry Festival.

Time: Saturdays - 7:30 am to Noon; Wednesdays - 8:00 am to Noon

Where is it Located?

The Market takes place in parking lot “B” at the southwest corner of Cass and Grandview Parkway in downtown Traverse City, though it may be temporarily moved to accommodate other events in that space (i.e. Moved to the Old Town Parking Deck during the National Cherry Festival).

Location: Lot B: Downtown Traverse City, across from Clinch Park

2017 Vending

Applications for the 2017 Season are available above this section under the title 'Forms'. Please submit applications by April 10th. If you have any questions, please feel free to "Connect With Us." (below)

Please check our events calendar for market dates and times.

Connect With Us

Sponsor: Downtown Development Authority

Contact Name: Nick Viox

Phone Number: 231.922.2050

Contact Address: PO Box 42; Traverse City, Michigan, 49685

Email: [email protected]