For the first time, the community spirit found at the city of Muskegon’s much-beloved Farmers Market will be able to continue through the winter months.
Vendors and customers will be able gather together beginning this Saturday through the winter and early spring until the city’s outdoor market reopens in May.
The new Muskegon Indoor Winter Market will be operating Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the old Muskegon Savings Bank building in downtown Muskegon at the corner of West Western Avenue and Second Street.
“There is clearly a demand for fresh food and goods all year long,” Downtown Muskegon Now Manager Andrew Haan said. “Right now, we don’t have a permanent facility for such an indoor market, but this is a beautiful use of the space this winter.”
The building has been owned and available for redevelopment by Gary Post since 2006. A day-long art event with the Muskegon Museum of Art and Muskegon Community College back October had Post and friend Keith Sipe thinking of the possibilities.
Post is working through a list of building code issues with the city’s new contract inspection’s department provided by Safe-Built. It will allow for the public and vendors to gather to buy and sell foods, produce, fruits and other items twice a week through the winter months.
“This will be a continuation of what happens at the Farmers Market through the summer months,” Post said. “They must close during the winter but this building offers an indoor, heated space.”