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.
FREE! Register at http://growingthehope.eventbrite.com. All Classes in this series will be held at SPARK East, 215 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. For questions please call MaryAnn at 734-707-7442.
Monday, January 30, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Farm to School Panel Discussion-Building Blocks for Food Entrepreneurs
Our area schools and universities want local food to be on the student menu. Learn why and what it takes to become a vendor. What are the food safety requirements, administrative needs and how do you deliver your products.
Panelists: Victoria Davis of Chartwells, Cherry Capital Foods, Vicki Zilke of Zilke Vegtable Farm, and Colleen Matts.
Monday, February 13, 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Selling Your Products to Grocery Stores and Restaurants- Building Blocks For Food Entrepreneurs
Meet buyers from grocery stores and restaurants as well as vendors who are selling their products to these venues. Discover how to establish your business in the wholesale market place, including pricing. Learn how to work successfully with a distributor.
Monday, February 27, 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Nitty Gritty-Hiring Employees-Building Blocks for Food Entrepreneurs
Wondering what you would need to know to hire employees? We will cover this with our guest speakers who have food business experience. Learn what you need to know.
- Basics for employing others
- Best practices for hiring and managing employees.
- Insurance for the food producer
Monday, March 13, 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Food Processor Nitty Gritty – Financial Know How-Building Blocks
Everyone’s favorite subject! The crucial steps to success we often want to skip for the creative aspects of our business.
Speakers: John Schmitt Senior Business Consultant, Small Business Development Center specializing in food products and some experienced producers as well,
- Pricing your product
- Cost analysis
- Record keeping and taxes
- Learn how to access capital and lines of credit to grow your business
Ypsilanti Farmers Market 2016 Season Report - Now Available
Want to learn more about the great impact the Ypsilanti Farmers Markets had in 2016 and over the last TEN years? Check out our 2016 and 2015 Ypsilanti Farmers Markets Season Reports for tons of great pictures, stories, and stats! Ypsilanti Farmers Market 2016 Season Report and our Ypsilanti Farmers Market 2015 Season Report
YPSILANTI FARMERS MARKET - DOWNTOWN
Tuesdays (May 3 – December 20) 3:00pm – 7:00pm 16 South Washington Ypsilanti, MI 48197
For over ten years Growing Hope has hosted a Farmers Market in Downtown Ypsilanti on Tuesdays. This market has become a staple in our community and is vital to the residents it serves. In 2015 we relocated and began work on the Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace, a year-round, indoor-outdoor, space to house this market. Join us on our 2016 Indoor Winter Market season opening day, Tuesday, November 1st and see how we’ve grown! The market will move indoors at the 16 S. Washington St; location (look for the bright green doors!) from November-December 20, 2016.
YPSILANTI FARMERS MARKET - DEPOT TOWN
Since 2013 Growing Hope has managed and continued to fund the beloved and historic Depot Town Farmers Market in Ypsilanti on Saturdays. Join us for our 2016 season opening day on Saturday, May 7th!
Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace
Having run successful and inclusive farmers markets for over ten years, Growing Hope is ready to root our Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market more permanently in the heart of Ypsilanti so that we can make healthy food and economic opportunities more accessible year round. Marketplaces are one of the most ancient ways people connect with each other. Good food is the central reason people gather, and that gathering creates a hub for community life. Thriving markets strengthen not only local economies and community identity, but they also have positive impacts on people’s health and nutrition. Farmers markets are primary assets in community revitalization and the Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace, a year-round, indoor-outdoor, permanent market, can be just that for our community!
Thank you to our 2016 Ypsilanti Farmers Market Sponsors!
St Joseph Mercy Health System
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti CVB
Capstone Tax & Financial
Bank of Ann Arbor
Michigan Ladder Co.
Dug & Linh Song
Buffalo Wild Wings