Farmers MarketsBecome 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.
Building Blocks for the Food Entrepreneur: Free Workshops for Market Vendors and Others!
Building 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 http://growingthehope.eventbrite.com.
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 Competition: Win 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 growinghope.net.
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