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Farmers’ markets reopen for season

It’s not just leafy green trees, blue skies and sunshine that signal summer is coming; another sign that summer is nigh is when area farmers’ markets open for the season.

The Kalamazoo Farmers Market, 1204 Bank St., opens 7 a.m.– 2 p.m. May 5. Come for the vibe, stay for the locally grown food, artisan wares and live music from Dogpatch Lullaby at 8:30 a.m. and Kzoo Prairie Dogs at 11:30 a.m. The market, which features more than 100 businesses weekly, is open every Saturday through October. It’s also open Tuesdays and Thursdays, June–October, with night markets every third Thursday, through September.

A day later, the Portage Market opens at Portage City Hall, 7990 S. Westnedge Ave. It’s open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, May-October, and features about 30 businesses. More information on the Kalamazoo and Portage markets can be found at

The next weekend, on May 12, Fresh on Q! Farmers Market, at 7110 West Q Ave., in Texas Township, begins it season. Up to 35 vendors will be on hand to sell everything from seasonal produce, meats, eggs, cheeses and baked goods to potted plants and cut flowers. The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon until Oct. 20. For more information, visit