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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
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Pellston Farmer's Market offers healthy, locally-grown produce to the community

Pellston, MI, June 21, 2012 – Pellston Farmer's Market vendors and residents of Northern Emmet County have welcomed the opening of the Pellston Farmer's Market, where numerous farmers and vendors are selling local farm-fresh produce and other specialty foods.

The Pellston Farmer's Market season began Saturday, June 16, and will continue every Saturday until October 13th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Memorial Park in Pellston. The market is one of the first in the region to accept Bridge Cards and Project Fresh coupons.

“We want the Pellston Farmer's Market to not only bring healthy farm-fresh produce to residents of Pellston and Northern Emmet County, but also to serve as a vibrant community gathering that reflects the surrounding neighborhood,” said Angie Marion-Ross, Co-Manager of the Pellston Farmer's Market. “We hope the combination of vendors, events and programs will provide a lively market experience week after week for our valued shoppers. We are accepting new farmers or local growers throughout the season.”

“The Village of Pellston and the Pellston Downtown Development Authority are pleased that the Petoskey- Harbor Springs Community Foundation has funded the project with a grant to launch the market this year,” said Jim Gillett, Pellston's Village Manager. “The Village is also underwriting and sponsoring the new Pellston Farmer's Market, to make it the best it can be. We look forward to even more growth in the future.  It is a great addition to our community, and we believe it will be a huge success.”

The Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Coalition, coordinated by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, identified the need for more fruits and vegetables in the area based on a community health assessment completed in 2010-2011. The Pellston area was classified by the United States Department of Agriculture as a “food desert” due to the lack of fruits and vegetables available for purchase in the Village. The BHC coalition planned and sought support and funding for the market from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Community Foundation, the Village of Pellston, and the Pellston Downtown Development Authority.

“We are grateful for the support of the community and Foundation for the market,” said Jim Harrington, BHC Coalition Coordinator for the Health Department. “Everyone worked hard to create the market, and its success is a testament to their teamwork.”

For more information about the market, contact Pellston Market Manager Angie Marion-Ross at (231) 537-4818 or, or contact Amy Ball at (231) 203-1203.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties.