Traverse City – Thursday, May 2, 2013 – The Traverse City Downtown Development
Authority (DDA) announces that the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market is opening
earlier than ever this Saturday, May 4. The market has traditionally opened on Motherʼs
Day weekend but will open one week earlier to open the 2013 season.
The rules were tweaked this year to strengthen the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market
ʼs reputation as the best place to find Northern Michigan grown produce and plants.
Pure resellers, even those grandfathered in the past, are no longer allowed at the market.
This makes the Sara Hardy market even more of a ʻgrowers market.ʼ “The customer has
come to expect buying product from the person growing it” reports Rob Bacigalupi, Deputy
Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority.
Saturday markets will start at 7:30 a.m. and go through noon. The Wednesday market
begins in June and goes from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
About the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority
The Traverse City Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is a public agency that promotes
economic development in downtown Traverse City. The DDA staffs the Downtown
Traverse City Association, a not-for-profit business association, and operates the City of
Traverse Cityʼs parking system. www.downtowntc.com
About the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market
The Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market (the Market) is operated by the Traverse City
Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and is managed by the Market Manager. The
purpose of the Market is to create a sales venue for 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