With a name like Nancy Crisp, how could she not be a great manager of a farmers market?
But after 16 years, the first and only Saline Farmers Market manager is handing the reins to her successor, Christine Easley.
“This is my goodbye as market manager to all of my treasured vendors and to all of you who were part of helping the farmers market operate and thrive during my time as market manager. After 16 years I am retiring with my last official day this Saturday, October 15,” Crisp wrote in an email on Tuesday. “I will help with the first Indoor Farmers Market at Liberty School and of course will be on call for Christine as she needs me. Thanks to all of you for being a part of the market throughout the years and being so kind to me. I have very fond memories and will take those memories into retirement.”
The Saline Farmers Market was created on a trial run basis in the fall of 2000 by then-Mayor Gretchen Driskell and the city council. In 2001 the Saturday market began serving residents. Crisp was hired as part-time market manager. Under her management the market expanded to include a winter market at Liberty School and a summer market on Tuesday afternoons at the library.
Christine Easley grew up in in Wayne, Michigan and moved to Saline with her family last October. She grew up attending farmers markets with her aunts, who were farmers.
Christine is a graduate from the first class of Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) Market Manager Certificate program, the only one of its type in the US. She is a mentor to farmers markets managers throughout Michigan, both being a manager frequently called on by others for expertise, and formally matched with other markets through MIFMA’s mentorship program for the last six years.
She assisted with the Pittsfield Farmers Market in the summer o 2016. Before that she was the leader of Growing Hope’s markets and programs in Ypsilanti. She also managed the Wayne Farmers Market and the Westland Farmers Market.