Onekama Farm & Flea kicks off inaugural season

The Onekama Farm & Flea recently kicked off its inaugural summer season. (Courtesy photo)

The Onekama Farm & Flea recently kicked off its inaugural summer season. (Courtesy photo)

ONEKAMA — Whether you’re a grower, a maker, an artisan or a junker, a spot awaits at the Onekama Farm & Flea.

The new local marketplace is the latest in a line of initiatives aimed to attract folks to Onekama and keep the village bustling throughout the summer months.

Sparked by the success of other new community events — such as the Onekama business district’s annual “block party” — the idea behind Farm & Flea is to provide a platform for residents to sell their goods or crafts.

“We thought it would be another nice community event to get people out and into Onekama,” said co-organizer Ashley Bradford of Onekama’s Anchored Design. “Just like the block party, we want to help people realize what the area has to offer.

“Really, this is for anyone who has a craft, a hobby, extra things in their garden; anything like that,” she added. “There are so many local vendors who just haven’t had a venue like this. We’re offering it to anyone.”

For the inaugural summer, the Onekama Farm & Flea has been scheduled to run from 2-6 p.m. on the first Fridays of July, August, September and October the parking lot of Anchored Designs — also dubbed the Main Street Center — located at 4985 Main St. in the village.

Since the first Friday in August lands during the popular Onekama Days festival, the Farm & Flea will also be held from 2-6 p.m. the following day: Saturday, Aug. 4.

“This year, we wanted to get the word out and kind of get a feel for it,” Bradford said. “We’re hoping it grows each month and, if it does, hopefully next year we’ll have it more often.”

Bradford said the first Farm & Flea — held this past Friday — was a promising kickoff.

“Oh, it went very well,” she said. “We had about nine vendors and the foot traffic was steady the whole time. For the first time, it went better than we expected and we’ve already had more vendors sign up for the next one.”

For those interested in becoming a vendor at the Onekama Farm & Flea — whether it’s for one time or the remainder of the season — contact Bradford at (231) 889-0035 or Bonnie McPhedran at (231) 508-5008.

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