Farmers Markets



farmersmarketypsiTuesdays (Outdoors May 2 – October 31, Winter Indoors TBA) 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 2017 Market season opening day, Tuesday, May 2nd and see how we’ve grown!


farmersmarketypsi2Saturdays, May 6 – October 28   9:00am – 1:00pm 100 Rice Street in Depot Town Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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 2017 season opening day on Saturday, May 6th!

Become a Friend of the Market!

Love the Ypsilanti Farmers Markets? Join our Friends of the Market membership program to help support them and get some fun goodies to show your love. Every year we must raise the budget to make the Markets happen, and individual donors help make it possible! With different membership levels, there’s a way to be a Friend of the Market for the 2017 season that will work for you.

  • Root $20 – get a cool button to show you’re a true Friend.small robert
  • Shoot $50 – get a button and a window cling to show your support.
  • Flower $100 – get a button, window cling, and a Friend of the Market t-shirt.
  • Fruit $500 – get a button, window cling, t-shirt, a special surprise gift, and recognition on the Friends of the Market poster at the Market!
  • Garden $1000 – get a button, window cling, t-shirt, a special surprise gift, and a shout-out on our facebook page, plus an invitation to a special Garden Members event at Growing Hope!

Sign up at the Ypsilanti Farmers Markets or email: to get going!

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.

 FREE!  Register at 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 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 2017 Ypsilanti Farmers Market Sponsors!

Toyota Motor North America
St Joseph Mercy Health System
DTE Energy Foundation
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti CVB
Capstone Tax & Financial
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
Key Bank
La Vision


August 24, 2017
August 25, 2017
  • Mobile Farm Stand at Ypsilanti Senior Center
    August 25, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Ypsilanti Senior Citizens Center, 1015 N Congress St, Ypsilanti
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  • Mobile Farm Stand at Towner Human Services Courtyard
    August 25, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Courtyard of the Towner Human Service Center, 555 Towner Street
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  • Mobile Farm Stand at Clark East Towers
    August 25, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Clark East Towers, 1550 E Clark Rd, Ypsilanti Charter Township
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