Monday, June 29, 2015

Food and beverage lovers unite. The A2Y Chamber and Growing Hope's "YpsiTasty Grub Crawl" is back for another year of local deliciousness. Presented by the Ypsilanti Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau, "YpsiTasty" is sure to be a fantastic event full of food, fun, and friends!

Explore the delightful delicacies Ypsilanti has to offer and discuss amazing, fresh recipes with local restaurants. Tickets are on sale now here

We hope to see you there! 

Growing Hope
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Join us for the 2015 Chefs in the Garden series where three local chefs will be creating fresh, mouthwatering dishes on Sunday evenings at Growing Hope's beautiful urban farm. Chef Brandon Johns, from Ann Arbor's Grange Kitchen & Bar, will be returning this year with his exquisite seasonal and local recipes for the mid-October event. Chefs for the first two events will be announced upon their confirmation. Proceeds from the events will be used to support Growing Hope's mission of improving lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access.

Tickets are on sale now for the following dates:

Sunday, August 23 - Chef TBA 
Sunday, October 18 - Chef Brandon Johns, Grange Kitchen & Bar
Volunteers are also needed for all three events. This is a fun way to connect with Growing Hope and get a great gourmet meal for your work! Email us at for more information. 
We hope to see you there!

Hungry for more information? (Yeah, we made that joke!)

Learn more about these great events here!

Monday, June 22, 2015

We would like to give an enormous thank you to Mary Campbell and her team at Everyday Wines for hosting our 2015 Summer Solstice Wine Tasting! The event was a huge success with the help of the our numerous guests and volunteers. 

Thank you again! 

The Growing Hope Team
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Huge, huge thanks to everyone who gave so generously to our Patronicity campaign! We're so grateful for the amazing outpouring of support that took us not just to our goal of $65,000 but beyond to $86,600! This first phase of our year-long campaign to raise the funding needed to open the Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace couldn't have gone better, and we appreciate everyone who gave, supported us, and helped spread the word.

Thanks to your support, as part of our Patronicity campaign we'll be receiving an additional $65,000 from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. We're well on the way to reaching our goal of $400,000 which will get the MarketPlace open and provide Growing Hope with crucial working capital.

Growing Hope is very grateful to Barnes & Barnes for their invaluable contribution to this vision. Their support of this project, and the purchase of the necessary properties is making this all possible!

Special thanks to all of our donors (there are over 280!) and Farmers Market Sponsors including:

St. Joseph Mercy
Ypsilanti DDA
Bank of Ann Arbor
Capstone Tax & Financial
Gene Butman Ford
Ypsilanti CVB
Whole Foods (both Ann Arbor locations)
Ypsilanti Food Co-op
Herbal Solutions
Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse
Ann Arbor Professional Pharmacy
Verizon Wireless - Carpenter Rd. Ypsilanti
Ann Arbor State Bank
Advanced Automotive Services
Feral Foods CSA
Door to Door Organics
AJ Leo Solar & Electric
Buffalo Wild Wings - Ypsilanti

Monday, June 8, 2015

All of us at Growing Hope are so delighted by the amazing outpouring of support for our Patronicity crowdfunding campaign! We've nearly reached our goal of $65,000 which will get us another $65,000 in matching money from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. So if you want to support our vision of a year-round, indoor-outdoor Farmers MarketPlace for Downtown Ypsilanti (PLUS get great swag like sweet aluminum water bottles, limited-edition hoodies, buttons, and much more!) TODAY is the day to donate!

We'll be able to take donations online until midnight on Tuesday 6/9 and in-person at the Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market until 7pm. This Tuesday is also the 10th anniversary of the Downtown market's beginning and we'll be celebrating with live music by the phenominal Abigail Stauffer.

This first phase of our year-long campaign will have a huge impact. If we reach our goal and get our matching funding, we'll have $130,000 towards our $400,000 total campaign target for 2015. With your support, the Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace will be closer than ever to opening this winter!

Huge thanks and deepest gratitude to the many individuals and organizations that have already contributed!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Take the wheel and make a difference in your community! Growing Hope will receive $20 for every person who test drives a car at Gene Butman Ford, located at 2105 Washtenaw Ave, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197, between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, May 30. Our goal is $6,000 and YOU can help! Plan to join us for this fast, fun fundraiser. There will be snacks provided by Harvest Kitchen and a wide variety of cool cars for you to drive. 

Pledge to come drive here:

Learn more at our Facebook event!

Available vehicles will include:
fusion hybrid and gas modelscmax hybrid
transit connect


GROWING HOPE  |  922 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI  48197 | P.O. Box 980129, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 | Phone: 734-786-8401 |