ESCANABA - More than 4,000 shoppers are estimated to have visited the Escanaba Farmer's Market during the 2012 season, according to the Downtown Development Authority.
During an update of the economic impact of the local farmer's market at the DDA's meeting Wednesday, the report estimated 4,125 shoppers participated this year. The market was open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from May 23 to Oct. 31.
The report also indicated shoppers spent an average $40 a week. Shoppers included residents from Escanaba and surrounding areas, as well as from boat traffic and other visitors to the community.
Vendors sold fresh vegetables and fruits, canned goods, bakery, fish, meat, handmade rugs, flowers, crafts, and other items.
In addition to cash, vendors sold fruits and vegetables for coupons from WIC Project Fresh, Senior Project Fresh, and the Wise Woman program.
The DDA board was also updated on a proposed year-around indoor/outdoor farmer's market facility with business incubator space. Requests for proposals were due by Friday.
Once a contractor and construction costs are determined, the DDA will seek funding sources for the proposed building, explained Colleen Simons, DDA assistant.
In other business, the board was updated on the DDA's budget and the new welcome sign installed at Ludington Street and Lincoln Road. A presentation was also made on the DDA's new website.