MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI – Clean air, land and water would not be something to celebrate without communities committing to protect their environment.
In honor of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, volunteers joined together to spruce up the Muskegon Heights Farmers Market.
High gusts of wind, snow and temperatures in the low 30s didn’t stop these individuals from raking, pulling weeds, picking up garbage, and planting flowers around the facility in preparation for opening day on May 2.
“Working is fun, especially if it’s cleaning up our planet,” said Selah Shyne, 10, as she helped rake up leaves and rocks from the sidewalks.
Shyne, along with 12 others, spent a few hours beautifying Muskegon Heights Farmers Market on the corner of Baker Street and East Center Street.
Three to four flats of flowers donated by residents of Muskegon County were part of this process.
“Our goal is to re-establish the Farmers Market in Muskegon Heights this year,” said Kim Sims, a volunteer from the Muskegon Heights City Council.
For the first time in about five years, the Muskegon Heights Farmers Market will offer a variety of produce along with being a flea market.
Starting on May 2, the market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
“It’s about bringing hope back, that’s really what the community needs,” said Muskegon Heights resident Amanda Halasinkski, 24.
With 18 spots available for vendors, Julie Aaron-Shyne of the City of Muskegon Heights Planning Department, hopes to fill those spots offering a variety of everything.
“There is really a community effort to help get these things going,” said Connie Maxim-Sparrow, grants coordinator of the Muskegon County Administration.
People interested in donating to defray the costs of flowers are asked to contact the Planning Department at 231-733-8830 and ask for Julie Aaron-Shyne.