Farmers Markets

Become a Vendor


Growing Hope vendors include small backyard farmers, full-time farming families, and urban farmers along with cheese, jam, eggs, baked goods, artisan soaps and crafts.

Our vendors come from up to 90 miles away and have anywhere from none-at-all to 35 years of experience running their small businesses. We are proud of the diversity of businesses that our vendors own and share with us each market season.

2018 YFM Vendor Application | 2018 YFM Vendor Application PDF | 2018 YFM Policies


Building Blocks for the Food Entrepreneur: Free Workshops for Market Vendors and Others!

BuildingBlocksBanner-NowordsBuilding Blocks for the Food Entrepreneur is a series of free workshops put on by Growing Hope, with partnership from the MI Small Business Development Center, SCORE – Washtenaw County, the Entrepreneurship Center at WCC, and SPARK East Incubator.  Support comes from Growing Our Local Economy: Washtenaw County Act 88 funds.

Becoming a Vendor 101 

New and prospective food entrepreneurs ready to up their game as a farmers market vendor or through a home-based business. Join one or all of the following Mondays, 6:30pm8:30pm at SPARK East, 215 West Michigan Ave in downtown Ypsilanti (April 11 session at 9 S Adams).  FREE!  Register at

April 4  Understanding the Cottage Food Law: Can you sell your product at market?

April 11  Marketing, Displays, and Branding: How to make your products fly off the stand (this class only at 9 S Adams)

April 18  How to Become a Vendor: Learn from veteran vendors and market managers

April 25  Mock Farmers Market Set Up CompetitionWin a free season at the market!


From Cottage to Commercial

Food entrepreneurs wanting to sell to restaurants, specialty stores and grocery stores. Join us Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm at SPARK East, 215 West Michigan Ave.  FREE!  Register at

April 5  How to Become a Licensed Food Producer: Learn the ins and outs

April 13  How to Write a Business Plan: Gain tools to develop a north star for your biz

April 19  Developing your PItch: Hone your plan into a concise speech for the public

April 26  Building Blocks Pitch Competition

Register for any and all workshops at!
Download and share the flyer here: BuildingBlocks2016Flyer-WebBuildingBlocks2016Flyer-Web


March 26, 2018
  • Industry Open House
    March 26, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    16 S Washington St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, USA
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April 14, 2018
  • Ypsi Food Awards
    April 14, 2018

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  • "Swing into Spring" featuring the Ypsi Food Awards
    April 14, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    16 S Washington St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, USA
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May 1, 2018
  • Downtown Market Outdoor Opens!
    May 1, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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June 2, 2018
  • Growing Hope's 15th Birthday Party at the Farm!
    June 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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