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Posted on: September 12, 2023

East Lansing Farmers Market to Host Spartan Appreciation Day on Sept. 17

Spartan Appreciation Day with images of the East Lansing Farmers Market attendees and vendors

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Farmers Market (ELFM), 280 Valley Court, will host a Spartan Appreciation Day on Sunday, Sept. 17 to recognize the City’s special relationship with Michigan State University (MSU) and welcome its students to the community. The ELFM runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The first 100 college students who show a student ID from any college at the market’s information booth during Spartan Appreciation Day will receive a free tote and a $2 coupon to spend with any ELFM vendor. All community members are welcomed and encouraged to attend this special event.   

Spartan Appreciation Day will include two live music performances. Jazz artist Christopher Minami will perform from 10-11:50 a.m. and the School of Rock House Band will perform from 12:10-2 p.m. Sara Joy Yoga will offer yoga in the park at 11 a.m., courtesy of the MSU Office of Community and Student Relations’ Spartan Ambassadors program. Community members are encouraged to bring a yoga mat and visit with the Spartan Ambassadors while at the market. Additionally, MSU’s beloved mascot, Sparty, will make a special appearance at the market at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

While at the market on Sunday, ELFM marketgoers will be able to add to the Community Fingerprint Project, a community art activity sponsored by the East Lansing Arts Commission. There will also be rocks to paint for the Kindness Rocks rock garden.

Parking for ELFM marketgoers is available for free at the meters in front of the park on Valley Court, at the spaces reserved for Valley Court Community Center on Hillside Court and at two-hour spaces along Oakhill Avenue above the park. Free parking is also available in the parking lot at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road and in downtown public parking structures, which are free on Sundays and holidays. For more information about parking in downtown East Lansing, visit

The MSU Office of Student Relations, McLaren Health Plan and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) will also have special booths at the market on Sunday. Special thanks to MSUFCU for sponsoring Spartan Appreciation Day!

The ELFM is a growers-only market, located in an inviting, open-air atmosphere only steps away from MSU and downtown East Lansing. It runs from June through October each year. Products and produce sold at the ELFM are 100% Michigan grown. Visit for more information, including a list of vendors and their products at the weekly market.

ELFM participates with Bridge Card, Double Up Food Bucks, Senior Project Fresh and the Michigan Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Project Fresh.

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