Farmers Markets
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 MSU Extension,  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 Series 

Monday October 17, 2016 6:30-8:30 pm

Becoming a Market Vendor 101: Defining the Cottage Food Law  and Becoming a Farmers Market Vendor.

Thinking of starting a food based business or selling produce you grow? This workshops will answer many of your questions. What does the Cottage Food Law allow you to do produce and sell to consumers?  What items can you sell at farmers market and other venues? What niche can you fill at the Ypsilanti Farmers Market?.

Speakers, Amanda Cooley Senior Safety Food Inspector MDARD, Robert Nisley, Ypsilanti Farmers Market Manager and Baker Gretchen Kopmanis

Location: Ypsilanti Farmers Marketplace Hall, 16 S Washington Street.Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734-707-7442 for questions. Register on Eventbrite

Monday November 14 , 2016 6:30-8:30 pm

Becoming a Commercial Vendor Learn what you have to do to expand  beyond the cottage law into commercial food production. Get details on what is required for commercial kitchen space.Find out what is required  to sell to large or small grocery companies, restaurants and schools.

Presenters: Micah Loucks, MSU Product Center,

Stefanie Stauffer of Nightshade Army Industries and Katie representing The Brinery

Location: SPARK East, 215 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

734-707-7442 for questions. Register on Eventbrite

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Growing Hope manages and maintains Farmers Markets to increase access to healthy food in our communities.

Growing Hope’s commitment to providing improved lives and communities through greater access to healthy foods is most clearly demonstrated in the Farmers Markets we manage. By providing a venue for farmers, urban gardens, and other entrepreneurs, we contribute to local economies, developing our downtowns and strengthening our communities. Farmers Markets are essential to the vitality of local food systems and Growing Hope is proud to be a Michigan leader, well known for the strength of our programs.  Check out our Ypsilanti Farmers Markets (including how to become a sponsor of the market), Ypsilanti Mobile Farm Stand, How to Become an Ypsi Market Vendor, and how to Find a Market Near You, including the Washtenaw Markets website we manage.  You can also get in touch about the farmers market services we provide, including evaluation, food assistance, and general consulting services.

You can visit the Ypsilanti Farmers Markets on Facebook and stay up to date on everything happening at your favorite farmers markets.

PDF Resources
2015 Farmers Market Season Report | 2014 Farmers Market Season Report | Ypsilanti Farmers Markets and Health Impacts


January 27, 2018
  • Farm Volunteer Days Restart
    January 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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April 14, 2018
November 5, 2018
  • International Volunteer Managers Day
    November 5, 2018
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YFMP A frame sign sponsors 2015

Our 2015 Ypsilanti Farmers Market Sponsors:

  • St. Joseph Mercy Health System
  • Ypsilanti Downtown Development Association
  • Rob Murphy Foundation
  • Ypsilanti Food Co-op
  • Capstone Tax & Financial
  • Bank of Ann Arbor
  • Butman Ford
  • Ypsilanti Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Whole Foods
  • Herbal Solutions
  • Ann Arbor Professional Pharmacy
  • AJ Leo Solar and Electric
  • Cultivate Coffee and Taphouse
  • Verizon Wireless Zone
  • Zingerman’s
  • Door to Door Organics
  • Narayan Foundation, Underground Printing
  • Ann Arbor State Bank
  • Buffalo Wild Wings, Ypsilanti
  • Advanced Automotive Services
  • Feral Foods CSA
  • Friends Closet
  • UM Credit Union

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