Find fresh produce, plants, flowers, herbs & perennials, farm fresh eggs, honey, maple syrup and more. Enjoy local Michigan made products such as; jams & jellies, hand sifted spices, breads & baked goods, natural gemstone jewelry, hand made bar soap, sewn, crocheted & knitted items, innovative glass yard art, hand cut and polished rocks, hand crafted creative wood yard art, custom leather belts, antiques, Amish baked goods & quilts. We have so much to offer you at the Historic Farmers Market of Lapeer, come see for yourself! What beats a beautiful day of shopping, great company, and entertainment?
Denise Becker has been the market manager for the Farmers’ Market in Lapeer for the past 21 years. She graduated as a Certified Market Manager with MIFMA (Michigan Farmers Market Association) in 2011. Denise has also served as a Mentor to new market managers, or markets new to food assistance, since 2012, and has served as a speaker at market meetings. “I love farmers markets and feel they are very important to our communities. We strive to bring the freshest, local produce and goods we can to our community.” Denise has been married to Kent for 47 years and they have six children, nine grandchildren and one great grand child. Denise was on the Lapeer Community Schools Board of Education as a Trustee from 2005-2020. Is a lifetime member of the Lapeer County Historical Society, and has served on the Historic Courthouse Restoration Committee since 1997. The Becker’s are very active members of Lapeer Community Church and Denise serves on the Women’s Ministry Board. Denise thoroughly enjoys conversing with guests at the Historic Farmers Market of Lapeer, be sure to say hello when you are there!
Lapeer is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and is the county seat of Lapeer County. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 9,072. Most of the city was incorporated from land that was formerly in Lapeer Township, though portions were also annexed from Mayfield Township and Elba Township. The city government is politically independent of all three townships. Lapeer is located in southern Michigan, east of Flint, on the Flint River. The name is an Americanization of the French la pierre, which means 'stone'. To the right, is a picture of the Lapeer County Courthouse. The Lapeer County Courthouse is the oldest working courthouse in the State of Michigan. This is located right in Downtown Lapeer, Michgian.
Chippewa Indians were the earliest settlers of Lapeer's countryside. Few Indians were to be found though as the first white man settled in this rich forest area with it's rolling countryside. That first settler arrived in 1828. Real growth of the area did not happen until the 1830's and then there were 2 settlements separated by a taramack swamp along the Flint River. A. N. Hart called his village Lapeer, while Jonathan White called his Whitesville. In 1835 the county was organized and Mr. White hoping to overturn that decision built a courthouse as did Mr. Hart. From 1846 to 1853 Lapeer County Supervisors moved back and forth from one court house to the other. They ended up buying Mr. Hart's impressive colonaded building, which today is Michigan's oldest courthouse. Mr. White's court house ended up being Whites Opera House, and is in part of what is now downtown Lapeer. Surrounding communities of Imlay City, Almont, Dryden, were also founded about 1830's. There were 10,000 people living in the Lapeer County area by the mid-1850's. There were deadly forest fires in 1871, and 1881 clearing the cut over lands, and making way for the farming settlers to move in to the area. Crops at the turn of the century were barley, oats, wheat, and potatoes. About 1940's the Dairy farming came into it's own, with Lapeer's 46 cows per square mile making it the highest concentration of dairy cattle in Michigan. Along comes the 1970s and also an increase in population by 34% from those people moving here from the bigger cities like Flint, Pontiac, and Detroit. While here in the 1990's farming still goes on it has been reduced to only half as many as there were in the early 1900's . There are 159 lakes in Lapeer County making fishing, boating , and water sports major attractions.
THE HISTORIC FARMERS MARKET OF LAPEER IS CELEBRATING FARMING, FRESH FOOD, BACK TO BASICS, LOCAL HISTORY, MADE-IN-MICHIGAN ALL IN DOWNTOWN LAPEER!
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