BRIDGMAN — The Bridgman Open-Air Market made its 2020 debut on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 10) in the parking lot next to Edgewater Bank (across Lake Street from the Bridgman Public Library) with garden plants, flowers, farm-fresh eggs, locally found morel mushrooms, and even some newly made face masks.
The Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Nick and Sheri Schmidt offered eggs, produce, aloe plants and more at their Loose Feathers Eggery stand.
“We have over 120 birds so we always have eggs,” Nick Schmidt said.
Nick Schmidt also is involved in organizing the market, and he said there is room for more vendors (for more information go to the Bridgman Open Air Market Facebook page or call Nick at 269-405-0916).
Joe Zebell’s market stand had a decidedly green theme as it was filled with vegetable plants, herbs and flowers from his Three Oaks gardens.
“I’ve got tomatoes, peppers, herbs, flowers, annuals, some bedding plants,” he said.
Rudy Shafer offered fresh batches of morel mushrooms (discovered locally in the woods along with wild ramps) as well as wine cap mushrooms he grew in the R & D Mushrooms booth.
“We grow a lot of different mushrooms, but at this time of year there’s not a lot growing yet.”
Other varieties including oyster mushrooms should be available in about a month. He said the forecast for the upcoming week also bodes well for more morels.
The booth manned by Jennifer Heimbuch offered some timely items including face masks made by her friend, Natalie Vevera.
Heimbuch said Vevera had a good supply of fabric from the T-shirt memory quilts she normally makes, and Heimbuch received the first of more than 2,000 face masks Vevera has made (featuring a unicorn-themed design).
“She’s been making masks since mid-March when she got laid off from her job because of coronavirus … she’s been non-stop sewing every day.”
Heimbuch also was selling “ear savers” that she sewed — a small piece of fabric with two buttons that are used to hook the elastic straps on a face mask behind your head instead of two each ear.
Heimbuch said she expects more of her crocheted items should be brought to market as state guidelines ease
Other area outdoor markets slated to open soon include:
• The Skip’s Open-Air European Farmers Market's 12th Annual Grand Opening took place Saturday, May 16. The Saturday and Sunday schedule is slated to begin May 23-24.
• The Three Oaks Farmers Market is set to open May 23 on Oak Street in front of Three Oaks Elementary. Vendors will be spread to adhere to social distancing guidelines and advised on sanitizing and safety procedures. Gloves and masks are encouraged. For vendor information send an email to email@example.com.
• The New Buffalo Farmers Market is being organized by the New Buffalo Business Association (NBBA) as a virtual platform to continue creating relationships between farmers and the community. The COVID-19 Compliant Version of the market will take place Friday mornings in the heart of town, starting June 19.
"Though our market will be much different than years passed, we encourage you to PRE-ORDER your goods and continue to support our local farmers and vendors!" an NBBA release states.
Information on the 2020 New Buffalo Farmers Market includes:
• Pre-Order pick up ONLY, no walk-up sales
• All vendors/market staff must wear a mask/face covering
• We encourage vendors to limit staff to 1 maximum if providing pick-up or delivery services
• Only produce/food vendors will be allowed to be on-site for pick-up
• Maintain 6 feet between others, if not in car
• There will no preparation or consumption of food onsite
• We encourage contactless payment, as well as pre-orders. We encourage businesses to use square/venmo