Stop In To The Flint Farmer’s Market This Saturday For A Taste Of The Market

1403099239With summer here people’s minds turn to barbecues and festivals and things that go ‘bang’ in the sky but for foodies things get a little bleak at times. Sure, sure, there’s an abundance of fresh foods out there but there aren’t many events focused on those foods or on anything that isn’t barbecued or covered in some manner of sauce, ah, but the Flint Farmer’s Market has just what the foodie palate has been craving at their Taste of the Market event this Saturday.  The event is the perfect opportunity to check out the new space if you haven’t yet and will give you a chance to learn more about some of the amazing foods that are there.  The event will feature the cooking talents of some of the chefs of the Market’s businesses and will offer a very wide variety of foods and styles.  If you come out you will be able to see demonstrations of skills from chefs from Chubby Duck Global Foods, Chef Nate’s Wing Bar, Mexico at the Market, and Beirut Restaurant & Grocery.

This event is a wonderful way to see how some local chefs prepare their favorite recipes and will give you some insight into how they create those dishes and put their own spins on them.  The event runs from late morning into the early afternoon so there is plenty of time to do some shopping, both window and otherwise, either before or after the demonstrations.  If you have a love for food and cooking this is an event you won’t want to miss.

A Taste of the Market

Flint Farmer’s Market – Downtown Flint

Saturday, June 28, 2014

11 AM – 3 PM



Flint Farmers’ Market Announces Plans to Move Back Downtown



FLINT, MI. — The Flint Farmers’ Market, managed by Uptown Reinvestment Corporation (URC) announced today plans to relocate the market to the former Flint Journal printing facility at 300 E. First Street. The move allows the market to undergo significant updates and expansion, and marks its return to the downtown Flint area after more than 70 years.

Over the past 10 years, while the market has experienced a rebirth of enthusiasm and vitality at its Boulevard Drive site, downtown Flint has also experienced a renaissance.  When the Flint Journal changed its business model in 2011 and vacated both its sites on First Street, the opportunity to merge the two “rebirths” by returning the market to a downtown home proved too good to be missed. The combination of the market’s vitality and the downtown area’s vibrancy will create endless new possibilities in the drive to reinvent and revitalize not just downtown, but all of Flint and Genesee County.

“Many people have memories of the market at its current location.  There is history, ambiance, and a country-like quietness at the location alongside the river, all of which hold great attraction.  However, we are hopeful that the public will embrace the fact that moving into a newer and much larger facility offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for the market and its vendors to take a significant step into the future,” said Dick Ramsdell, Flint Farmers’ Market Manager.

The market is one of the most beloved and most successful places in the City of Flint. However, the current building, now 73 years old, suffers from a multitude of ailments ranging from a leaking roof to an insufficient plumbing and sewer system, to inadequate parking. In addition, the facility is not ADA handicap accessible and does not have an elevator. The effects of the building deterioration coupled with the growth of the market vendor and customer base have created challenges that the market is hard pressed to address at its current site.

According to Tim Herman, President of Uptown Reinvestment Corporation (URC) and CEO of the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce it’s the right time to relocate the market.

“The current market is bursting at the seams,” said Herman. “We have the perfect opportunity to move the Market and fix some of the problems that stifled the Market’s expansion and growth. Once the renovations are complete, the new Flint Farmers Market will occupy more than double its current footprint to 32,000 sq. ft., more people will be exposed to fresh, locally grown foods and educational opportunities that will encourage nutritious options as a central part of their diets.  The new market will rival our nation’s leading small city markets.”

In addition to diversifying and adding more unique vendors, the new 32,000 sq. ft. site will have a commercial kitchen designed to serve as an incubator and test kitchen for entrepreneurs and current market vendors alike.   It will offer a large meeting room which seats 200 people and can be used for community meetings and private events all year round. The room will also feature a demonstration kitchen where cooking demonstrations and culinary classes will be held.

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has funded a number of improvements to the current market over the years through grants to the URC, including for roof repairs in 2010. While that support helped maintain the property over time, the new location offers a unique opportunity to grow the market’s long-term vitality and success, said Neal Hegarty, vice-president of programs at the Foundation.

“The Farmers’ Market is one of the Flint area’s greatest assets. In addition to providing fresh produce and locally grown food, it offers a space for people from all walks of life to come together and cultivate a sense of community. The new location will expand not only the market’s physical capacity, but also its service to the people of Genesee County, and ensure that it remains a cherished asset for many years to come.”

“The Flint Farmers’ Market has been a vital part of the Flint community for decades and has a great tradition of bringing people together around fresh foods, community fun, and local businesses,” said Flint Mayor Dayne Walling. “The City of Flint supports the continued innovation at the market through public-private partnerships. We are excited for our community to have access to the new services and amenities that will be offered in the downtown location.”

Scheduled to open in the spring of 2014, the new site is about a half mile south of the current Market, easily accessible off the I-475 access road, Chavez Drive, across First Street from the University of Michigan-Flint campus and the beautiful Wilson Park.

“I am excited the Flint Farmers’ Market will be right at the center of all the happenings that Downtown Flint offers.  This will give so many residents and those working downtown a better chance to discover one of Flint’s most treasured jewels,” commented Art Reyes, UAW Local 651 President.

“We are very excited about moving to a new location” said Tom Alex, owner of Knob Hill Meats. “Not only will it be at a new place but Knob Hill Meats will be expanding our size and our hours of operation to better serve our customers’ schedules.  Downtown Flint is a safe and growing area full of many unique and exciting experiences. We are looking forward to seeing all of our regular shoppers there and are looking forward to meeting new customers as well!”

Downtown Flint has grown steadily. The revitalization has been on the upswing for the past seven years with buildings being renovated, lofts and other residential living made available, and the opening of businesses, coffee shops and many great restaurants such as Blackstone’s, Churchill’s, Cork, El Protrero, Flint Crepe Company and 501 Bar & Grill. The new location will allow the market to become an active participant in the increasing number of downtown events that draw close to 1 million visitors a year. It will also make the Market more accessible to people who use public transportation, and provide fresh food options to over 5,000 people who work and live downtown as well as the over 30,000 students attending nearby colleges and universities.

The relocation of the Farmers’ Market will be part of a proposed $32 million downtown redevelopment project. To date, the URC has completed projects encompassing 600,000 sq. ft. of mixed-use space totaling $65 million. Recently announced URC projects include: Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine expanding its public health and medical education program;  Genesys’ Downtown Health Center; and the opening of Landaal Packaging Systems’ Innovation Center and Corporate Offices.

Community Open Houses

Market management has announced two community open houses to be held at Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint next Wednesday, March 13. The first Open House will be held over the lunch hour, 10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon. The second will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. the same evening. The Open Houses will offer an opportunity for market customers and supporters to visualize the new market and share ideas and suggestions for the new space. Visitors will be able to meet project developers, market consultants from Project for Public Spaces, and the market management team.  Additionally the market website, will have an area dedicated to community input for those who may be out of the area or unable to attend the public input session.

The market management team offers to visit neighborhood, church and community meetings during the months of March and April.  These sessions will provide those unable to attend one of the open houses the opportunity to hear the market’s new story and offer their own suggestions. For more information contact the market office at 810.232.1399 or email [email protected].

Coming June 18: Dort Federal Credit Union’s Taste of the Market in Flint

FLINT, Michigan — The Flint Farmers’ Market proudly announces the Dort Federal Credit Union “Taste of the Market” on Saturday, June 18, 2011.  The event will take place from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Flint Farmers’ Market which is located at 420 East Boulevard Drive just off I-475 Exit 8A.  The event is open to the public and free of charge.  It will be held on the Citizens Bank side of the market.

Dort Federal Credit Union’s Taste of the Market will feature healthy cooking demonstrations by five professional chefs from the American Culinary Federation Flint-Saginaw Chapter (ACF):

Chef Tobin Loomin, Holiday Inn Gateway Center              

Chef Mark Handy, Genesys Convalescent

Chef Steve McAllister, Lunch Naturally      

Chef Dan Reyes, All Occasions Catering

Chef Joe Nader, Levy Restaurants – Ford Field

Additionally, the event will feature canning tips from student chef, Alene Smith.  The event was organized with assistance from Chef Douglas St. Souver, Food Network Carving Champion and friend of the market.  Chef Douglas, now in residence at the market, will also be onsite serving up great dishes at his new restaurant, Artisans Gourmet Deli located on the east end of the market near the wine shop.

The ACF chefs will also participate in weekly cooking demonstrations at the Flint Farmers’ Market every Thursday at 12:00 P.M. on the back “porch” of Artisans Gourmet Deli.  The weekly cooking demonstrations are also sponsored by Dort Federal Credit Union in partnership with Mott Community College Culinary Arts Program and the ACF.

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Flint Community Schools to host 3K Run/Walk at the Flint Farmers Market

Flint Community Schools and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, in partnership with the Crim Fitness Foundation, will be hosting the second annual “Healthy Hike” on Saturday (June 4) at the Flint Farmers’ Market. This event will begin at 10 a.m. with registration starting at 9:30 a.m.

In 2009, Eisenhower Elementary in Flint was granted a Blue Cross Blue Shield Grant to help create healthier communities. This Building Healthy Communities grant has added fitness equipment and professional development training for teachers at Flint Community Schools to better serve the needs of children.

Blue Cross Blue Shield has provided a new twist in experiencing physical education. “Everything from cardio kickboxing to dribbling with Lamar Odom is explored in a digital lesson thanks to the HopSports system now in place,” said Mike Maienbrook, physical education teacher for Flint Community Schools.

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