2017 Charlevoix Farmers Market - Season Kick-Off
File photoChildren participating in the Munson Healthcare Wellness Workshop cooking class purchase fresh vegetables from vendors at the Charlevoix Farmers Market each Thursday. The market opens for the season at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 18.

CHARLEVOIX — The Charlevoix Farmers Market begins the season with a Kick-Off Celebration sponsored by Ace Hardware of Charlevoix from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, on Bridge Street next to East Park.

The public can enter to win one of two $25 gift baskets from the Ace Garden Center while meeting seven new vendors and saying ‘hi’ to old friends, as the entire Bridge Street sidewalk is full from Clinton Street to the Odmark Pavilion. A new, convenient curbside parking opportunity will be available until 11 a.m. to make it easier for local residents to shop before starting their workday.

The Junior Marketeer program is expanded to include things to do, and has T-shirts free for the children after just…