HANCOCK – The Winter Farmers Market returned to the Orpheum Theater for the third time on Tuesday. This week and the markets to come, vendors and customers will also enjoy live music from local artists.
With the beginning of the new year, an indoor market is held every Thursday from 15:00 to 18:00 at the theater.
Michelle Sutherland, owner of Copper Country Creations, has attended each of the winter markets at the Orpheum. In the summer, they attend six farmers markets in the Houghton County area. She said she appreciates the market at the Orpheum.
“It’s a chance for vendors to sell year-round,” she said. “Although the summer season, and the outdoor markets are ending,” birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, baby showers, bridal showers — they all happen throughout the year.”
While the vendors have an indoor space in which to set up their stalls, the market also provides access to their goods for their customers during the winter months.
Sutherland said she also sets up her booth at the Calumet Art Center Community Market.
“Twice a month,” she said, “It runs twice a month from September to May.”
The indoor market is open on Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00.
Zack Osborne, who organized the Winter Farmers Market, said the move to make the market a weekly event was largely at the request of vendors, who said the first two events were very successful.
“Many vendors have requested that we actually take more,” he said. “Basically, we didn’t have one on December 22 or today, but the sellers got together and said ‘we did it in those days, let’s add it.
Osborne said his goal now is to get the word out about the weekly market to buyers and consistency is the best way to do that.
“Like every farmer’s market,” he said, “It’s first and foremost about training and delivery and once you establish that core customer base, 75% of your revenue is repeat business.”
Boone Fiala, owner of the Orpheum, said the indoor market is another way to test different uses of the room.
“It was fun, and everyone seemed to enjoy it,” he said.so, it was good for both of us.”
Fiala said he’s glad they found a place to sell, and he’s glad to see it expand and grow.
“Every week it seems like there are a few more cells,” he said, “and I think we can still get a few more in the room.”