As our market continued to grow in size and popularity, we decided we needed a mascot. During the spring of 2017, it was decided that our mascot would be a bee. This fit in nicely with our logo and tag line, "without the bees, there would be none of these" and helped bring awareness to the important role that the honey bee plays in our day to to day lives. In May of that year, we held a contest to name our mascot. Out of more than 100 entries, the winning selection,
Binx the Bee was contributed by 10 year old Hannah Betten of Greenville. Binx has attended every one of our markets since then and has proven to be very popular with marketgoers.
2019 MARKET GUIDELINES: All items must be home grown/hand made. NO DIRECT MARKETERS OF ANY KIND ALLOWED.
Vendors must provide their own tables/canopies
Market is held rain or shine. (Market will close in case of severe weather/lightning in the area)
Market is open to customers from 9am to 1pm. We kindly request no vendors tear down before 1 pm.
Vendors will enter the lot from Main Street. Marketmaster will direct you to your spaces.
Please bring weights/tie downs to secure your tent.
No electricity available on premises
Vendors must pre-register at least 2 weeks prior to each market date. You cannot just show up on market day. You are NOT required to attend every market in order to participate. Please let me know if you are unable to attend a specific market date.
All food items sold at market must comply with Michigan Cottage Food Law.
with Stauffer's Farm Market. Larry is a 3rd generation that has operated in his family. The farm was originally started in the early 50's by Larry's grandfather as a 220 acre dairy farm. When Larry's grandfather retired in 1984, much of the acreage was leased out to other local farmers, but Larry Jr, decided to try his hand at seeing what he could do with a small 1 acre plot of land that had never been farmed before. Larry currently farms about 4 acres and in 2017 installed two 30ft x 72 x high tunnels which help him extend his growing season by as much as three months. In season, Larry's Farm Market, located on Johnson Road, south of M44 in Belding offers biologically and organically grown vegetables, strawberries, peaches, apples, blueberries, free range eggs, local raw honey, pumpkins in the fall and more. Larry is an original Belding Beatnik Bazaar vendor. Link to his Facebook page
with Wood Puzzles Plus. He was our very first Belding Beatnik Bazaar vendor. Walt took up woodworking shortly after his retirement with Atwood Corporation in Lowell Michigan.He volunteered some of his time with Habitat for Humanity but still found himself with time on his hands. His wife of more than 61 years, Betsy encouraged him to get a hobby and Walt decided to make wooden puzzles for their grandchildren. After he and Betsy downsized and moved to Greenville, they set up a small woodworking shop in their basement and decided to try their hand at bringing some of their creations to market. They have been a popular vendor at every show they have attended since then. Walts handmade wooden puzzles, hand turned bowls and other woodcrafts are a sight to behold. At 82 years young, Walt shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Since the inception of the Belding Beatnik Bazaar, Walt and Betsy have never missed a market.
A Blast From The Glass
Robin Atwood with A Blast From The Glass, Greenville Robin, a long time nurse was traveling on business in the Traverse City several years ago and came upon a shop selling glass yard art. She was immediately drawn to it but found it to be very expensive. She was looking for a hobby and thought : "How hard could it be to make something like this? " Her first few pieces were complete disasters and she quickly learned that gluing glass was not as easy as one would think. She refused to give up and soon mastered the technique. She takes great satisfaction out of repurposing/recycling glass plates, bowls, candleholders,ash trays, cups etc and her business took off. She offers a large variety of yard art, glass totems, bird feeders and custom glass flowers. She enjoys attending crafts shows/farm markets and loves to watch the expression of people as they browse through her creations.Link to her Facebook page
The Belding Beatnik Bazaar began in 2014 with a small group of vendors who felt passionate about bringing locally grown and handmade products to the area. We started out in a donated hardware store parking lot with 8 vendors that first June. Our market quickly grew and expanded to a larger venue in downtown Belding the following year. The news of our unique farmer's market quickly spread and attracts customers and vendors from the entire West Michigan region. Now consisting of almost 100 vendors as well as live music, food and other special events, we have become this area's largest outdoor bazaar. Held on the second Saturday of each month, June through October, we invite you to come and experience all that The Belding Beatnik Bazaar has to offer.