DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Farm & Artisan Market is cultivating plans to kick off its sixth season in downtown Dowagiac Saturday as it welcomes Earl’s BBQ on Saturdays.

“Earl is well known in the community for his rib tips, barbecued chicken and pulled pork,” stated Vickie Phillipson, program director for the Dowagiac Downtown Development Authority, in a press release.

Growers and artisans will sell their fruit and produce, annuals and perennials, baked goods, and other Michigan or hand-made products downtown through the second week of October. The market will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To reserve a space, Phillipson can be reached by calling 782-8212 or by e-mailing her at Vphillipson@Dowagiac.org. Working with her is Steve Arseneau, director of the Dowagiac Area History Museum.

The market will be downtown at Division and Railroad streets on the lawn of the Dowagiac Area History Museum, Phillipson stated. The location provides easy access and visibility to M-62, which is one of the major arteries coming into the city.

Sprague Farms will be returning to the market, featuring vegetables, fruit and fresh-cut flowers. Also returning are Suellen Gause with original photography, prints and notecards; Sara Gibson with bath salts, jewelry and hand-made items; and Griffin Farms with fruit, organic honey, eggs, fish and beef.

Offering perennials and annuals will be Creekside Greenhouse and Dussel’s Farm Market & Greenhouses.