Sophia Street Garden


Rent a raised bed, grow whole healthy vegetables

Gather with others to learn more about gardening

Enjoy fresh whole foods or donate to help others

  • $25 annual rental for 4′ x 6′ raised-bed garden plot filled with mixture of compost and aged goat manure.
  • Includes on-site water and horticultural support.
  • 10% savings on plants (up to one flat) from Weesie’s Greenhouses.

Individuals, agencies, clubs, organizations ~ all are welcome! ​

 Sophia Street Garden Plot Application 2014

 Questions? Contact Sharron at 231.723.2739,


Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market

The Manistee Community Kitchen is currently planning the upcoming 2014 Manistee Community Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market.  We have some exciting new additions and changes to this year’s market.  We aim to make this weekly event as family-oriented, festive, and fun as possible.

The market is now solely run by The Manistee Community Kitchen.  We are adding local Artisans to the mix for added interest and the opportunity for local individuals to share their talents and gifts to our community.  It is a juried market, where diverse quality goods will be voted upon.  The application process is still open.

We have many new additions to this year’s market such as fresh meats, fish, farm-fresh eggs, artisan breads and pastries, cheeses, jellies, jams, and sauces.  Other additions are fresh smoothies, lemonade, hot coffee and tea.  We will also be able to sample and purchase wine at this year’s market.  We will be featuring a local restaurant each week where they will have a fresh, in-season entrée for purchase, that can be eaten at the market or taken home.  We will also be featuring the talents of a local chef weekly, who will be sharing their knowledge of healthy recipes for you to try yourself at home.  And lastly, a Kid’s Korner for our youngsters to color a farm scene, plant seeds, or craft an art project.  Live music will continue to entertain us, setting the mood for an enjoyable home-town experience, brought to you by our Downtown Development Association.  The market will continue to have the wonderful cornucopia of fresh produce, honey, maple syrup, artisan chocolates, flowers, and plants.

The goals of this year’s Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market is to bring our community together in a healthy, happy, and positive place.  We want to support our local farmers, our local artisans, and our local businesses and to foster their direct relationships.  Our mission is to bring a consciousness to the way in which we all live by promoting healthy eating and providing fresh, wholesome food and education by means of demonstrations and the sharing of knowledge.  We also want to encourage and support our farmers and entrepreneurs to plant the seeds of a truly sustainable local economy where nature, people, and animals are respected.

The location of the Manistee Community Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market will remain in the same location as last year, which is on Memorial Drive across from the Dial-A-Ride building.  The market will open on Saturday, May 24th and close on Saturday, October 25th for the season.  The new market hours are 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM for your convenience.  For regular updates, please check back often and also “Like” us on Facebook.  Please remember to…Eat Fresh and Buy Local.  See you at “the Market”!

Iron Works Cafe Photo Update

IWC Photo Update

Iron Works Café Progress Update

Well, it has been a while since our last update.  The drywall is up, the paint is complete and the fire doors are installed.

Electricians are working diligently and the hood system for the kitchen is about 75% complete.  The plastic coating is up in the kitchen and the tile installation is done.  While it is taking longer than expected we are very excited to open and are hoping to do so before the end of the year.

We have six students in place and cooking classes are under way.  The next step is to get them Serve Safe certified.  We also have a good base of volunteers – Thank you to all who are involved and for your continued support.

Finally, funding is still a challenge but we are pursuing a grant through the Michigan Department of Agriculture.  Additionally, we had to replace six of the large windows which we are using as a fundraiser.  If you “purchase” one of the windows you can have your logo placed on it.  We have sold three and have three left.  If you are interested in helping in any way, contact Al at or (202) 277-1363.

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Third Annual Smoked Fish Cook-Off

Manistee Community Kitchen, Seng’s Marina and Manistee Jaycees are hosting

the 3rd Annual Smoked Fish Cook-off!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Seng’s Marina

33 Lake St

Manistee, MI 49660

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This event is open to the public.  The public will be the judges for the event.

Tickets can be purchased for $5.00 at the door to judge your favorite smoked fish.  Proceeds will benefit the Manistee Community Kitchen whose newest project is the Iron Works Cafe.

There will be live music featuring Carrie Selbee and Company at 5:30 and DJ Bridget D at 7:30.  There will also be a Michigan craft beer and wine garden.

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It is $20 to enter your fish into the cook-off.  The fish must be from any fresh water lake and

would need to be smoked prior to the cook-off.  Prizes include:

1st Place: $250

2nd Place: $100

3rd Place: $20

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For more information or to enter please contact:
Al Frye

Help Kickstart the Iron Work’s Cafe!


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The Iron Works Cafe project will create a training facility and 2-acre community farm on main street in downtown Manistee.  The campaign has raised over 80% toward our $12,000 goal.  Consider making a pledge today and help push us over the edge!


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