Thursday, August 15, 2013
LANSING, Mich. – The
Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced Michigan Strategic
Fund approval of $200,000 in grants for 10 farmers markets around the state.
“Farmers markets improve our downtowns and bring vitality and a sense of
place to our communities,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “These
grants will support local markets, strengthen communities and create jobs in our
The farmers markets chosen for today’s awards are located
in Delhi Charter Township, Gladstone, Marquette, Boyne City, Port Sanilac,
Gaylord, Chelsea, East Lansing, Grand Ledge and Canton Township (additional
details below). The winning projects will provide $269,450 in matching funds.
Announced in June, the Farmers Market Grant Program provides
one-time grants between $10,000 and $50,000 to existing farmers markets that
have been in operation for at least four years in Michigan. Projects for
consideration included unique and innovative design elements, amenities for
patrons and vendors, multi-use spaces, multi-modal transportation, marketing and
signage. Projects that make markets more accessible to residents were also given
A total of 24 applications requesting $677,904 were
submitted to the 2013 Farmers Market Grant Program. Representatives from the
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan
Farmers Market Association participated on the scoring team.
“Michigan’s community farmers markets have helped re-energize the enthusiasm
for connecting with our agricultural roots. As a matter of fact, Michigan ranks
fourth in the nation for the number of farmers markets,” said Jamie Clover
Adams, Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
“Our farmers markets are a great place to sample the diversity of our
agriculture and get a taste of Pure Michigan.”
A second round of food
entrepreneurship grants, this one aimed at the food truck industry in Michigan,
will be announced within the next two to three weeks.
Delhi Charter Township/Holt Farmers
will create a community kitchen that will expand the market into a year-round
event and create a potential for community events (wine tasting,
City of Gladstone Farmers Market
The City of Gladstone is creating a
multi-purpose area in a downtown parking lot to be used for the city's farmer
market and other local activities.
Marquette Downtown Development Authority/Marquette Farmers
Marquette Commons will be revamped to better meet the needs of the farmers
market by making it more aesthetically pleasing and adding needed amenities.
Boyne City Farmers Market
Boyne City is converting its Veterans Park
pavilion into a multi-activity structure, complete with heat, kitchen, stage
and storage. It will house a permanent winter farmers market as well as broaden
the building’s community uses.
Port Sanilac Farmers Market
Port Sanilac Farmers Market will be adding a
steel-roofed pavilion to provide shelter for vendors as well as performers and
other community events that may be held.
Otsego County Community Foundation/Gaylord Downtown
The Gaylord Downtown Farmers Market will use its funds to
expand accessibility and enhance a plan that focuses on organizational
development, marketing and atmosphere.
Chelsea Community Hospital/Chelsea Farmers
Chelsea Farmers Market will use funding to create a community input-based plan
for the new market that will then be carried out. Features could include a
u-shaped pavilion, smaller heated building for a winter market and a
East Lansing Farmers Market
The E. Lansing Farmers Market wants to create
a place for people to gather. A new covered plaza that is functional and
pleasing to the eye will be built to house the farmers market as well as be
available for special events.
Authority/Grand Ledge Farmers Market
The Grand Ledge DDA will construct an 11,500 sq. ft.
multi-use building along the river in downtown Grand Ledge. The building will
be used primarily for the farmers market, as well as for an ice rink and other
community events. They also will develop a business and marketing plan to help
the market grow.
Canton Township Leisure Services/Canton Farmers
Market will use its funding to implement programs that promote healthy
lifestyles for adolescents and recycling education for the community. Plans
also to add another community garden site with amenities and make other
upgrades to the grounds.
Pure Michigan is a brand on the rise,
representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These
efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which
serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead agency for business growth, jobs
and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.
more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit: www.michiganbusiness.org. For
Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org.
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