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Building Blocks for the Food Entrepreneur: Free Workshops for Market Vendors and Others!




2018 “Building Blocks for the Local Food Entrepreneur”

Growing Hope’s Free Winter Workshop Series


Make your Message Stick: Insights into Marketing and Social Media Strategy

Monday, February 5, 2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace, Robert C Barnes Sr. MarketPlace Hall, 16 South Washington Street, Ypsilanti MI, 48197

Parking available on site

Join this class to learn strategies for marketing your own local food business and utilizing the various forms of social media to get your message heard. Facilitated by Tricia Phelps, CEO of Taste the Local Difference (TLD), Michigan’s Local Food Marketing Agency. TLD is committed to offering affordable marketing services to farms and food businesses across the state and Tricia has over seven years of experience in marketing, social media management and building consumer demand for local food.

Register for the event here


From Cottage Law to Commercial Food Producer

Monday, February 12, 2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace, Robert C Barnes MarkePlace Hall, 16 South Washington Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Parking available on site

Understand what you can legally make and sell under the Cottage Food Law. From there, learn how to take it to the commercial level. Amanda Cooley from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Becky DeYoung, Innovation Counselor with the MSU Product Center will speak about the technicalities of the Cottage Food Law and how you can get your dream food business started.

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From the Start to Selling: Small Food Business Entrepreneurship

Monday, February 26, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace, Robert C Barnes Sr. MarketPlace Hall, 16 South Washington Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Parking available on site

Gretchen Kopmanis informally started the Czechbox Bakery in 2012. Based on lessons she’s learned, she’ll guide you through the planning stages for starting a successful business including product development, establishing your brand, pricing strategies, record keeping, marketing, display and setting up as a Farmers Market vendor.

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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


April 13, 2019
  • Ypsi Food Awards
    April 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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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