How It Started
The Frankenmuth Farmers Market was founded in 2005 by a group of community members with a desire to bring fresh local food to the area.
The Frankenmuth Farmers Market holds that food is a conduit through which communities can come together. That philosophy is what bonds our organization and drives our purpose.
Through the execution of farmers markets over the past 15 years, FFM has rooted itself in the traditions of our rural heritage and provided a base from which our farmers, food producers, and neighbors grow and thrive.
Frankenmuth Farmers Market is a non-profit organization.
MEET OUR STAFF
Christy is a long-time community resident and active volunteer. As a member of multiple civic organizations and event planning committees, Christy has acquired a special set of skills well utilized by the Frankenmuth Farmers Market. Christy has worked on countless projects over her 8-year volunteer history. Most recently working as co-chairman of the Frankenmuth Jaycee Community Splash Pad helping that project raise the high-six figure amount of funding needed to support the development and building of that exciting community amenity. Christy has also worked with numerous organizations or projects in need of recovery assistance. Her unique talents and time are strong factors in the Market’s rooting and continued growth at the north end of town.
Christie oversees the day-to-day operations of the Farmers Market. Christie has a strong retail and customer service background with a working understanding of facility management in current and previous jobs. Christie, currently being responsible for the recruitment and management of the Farm Market vendors is excited to see the continued growth of the FFM vendor count and will lead the charge in organizing the 2021 outdoor farm markets.
Product Development Manager
Carol is a new Frankenmuth resident, recently relocating to the Frankenmuth area and taking on product, service, and recipe development from the FFM artisan kitchen. Growing up and living in Kalamazoo until recently, Carol served as the Executive Director of "Fancy Pants Theater" a small, grass-roots theater company in Kalamazoo. Carol also currently serves as Chief Operations Officer for JCI Michigan and is a dual member of the Frankenmuth and Kalamazoo Jaycee chapters. With great creativity and a love of good foods, you will see some fun, fresh, and local flavors cranking out of the FFM kitchen in the days ahead.
Retail sales and facilities upkeep is minded by Darlene Higgins. Darlene is a recent retiree joining the Frankenmuth Farmers Market as needed in serving our community after 15+ years in retail service during her career. You'll find her greeting you each week with your delicious market box goods! Darlene enjoys her spare time by traveling and spending time with family.
Michelle is the owner and chef of RoRo's catering. With over 20 years in the restaurant business, Michelle brings her creative talents to inventive foods made with real ingredients at FFM. As a new member of the Product Development team, Michelle demonstrates that fresh food makes for better personal health and happier taste buds. Her culinary creations are a good-and-good-for-you staple of the FFM food programs and weekly features.
Power of Produce Intern
Natalie Kea is an undergraduate student at Central Michigan University in her final year of the Dietetics program. She is pursuing a career as a clinical dietitian and has interests in medical nutrition therapy and sustainable nutrition. As this summer's Power of Produce program manager, she is very excited to share her passion of nutrition and healthy living with you!
2021 Board of Directors
Tracey Baker, President
Tiffany's Food & Spirits
Ashley Smith, Vice President
Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce & CVB
Eric Bushey, Secretary
Star of the West Milling Co.
Bethany Burnett, Treasurer
Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge
Dietrich Bronner, Director
Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland
Lynn Maurer, Director
Wellspring Lutheran Services
Greg Sochocki, Director
Butter Crust Bakery
Keith Arnold, Director
James Boyd, Director
Skyler Walker, Director
VOLUNTEER, IT'S FUN
Looking for a creative outlet or love crafting delicious food? We'd love to welcome you as a volunteer to the Frankenmuth Farmers Market. You'll be able to give back to a non-profit organization that focuses on helping people build small businesses and feeding the community. If you'd like more information, let's connect!