Fresh from scratch! That’s how Kentwood’s new Farmer’s Market is described by Denise Dawson, grant administrator for the city’s Parks and Recreation department. The Market will open on Saturday, June 13th and continue every Saturday until October 10th, satisfying the desire of many Kentwood citizens wanting to have one for some time. The plan came together as of late last year, thanks to contributions from the Economic Development Council and the completion of the Farmers Market Feasibility Study by the Michigan Farmers Market Association.
“Over the years, many residents have told us that they would like to see a market in Kentwood,” says Dawson, adding that the city had a Farmers Market documented as part of its Master Plan, EDC Strategic Plan and the Parks and Recreation 5 Year Park Plan.
Despite having several Farmers Markets going on in the area, Dawson says, “A market here will bring our community together where people can mingle with their neighbors and meet the local farmers.”
At this time, Dawson says they have contacted many potential vendors with several stating interest in being a part of Kentwood’s Farmers Market. “Since we are a new market, we have to start everything from scratch. Thanks to the support from our City Commission and other city departments, we are getting through this process.
“We hope to have a least 10 vendors and grow from there.”
The Kentwood Farmers Market will be located at the Richard L. Root Kent District Library parking lot on Breton Road SE. “This location will provide a great space for the vendors, an amphitheater for live entertainment, and a green space for recreational programs and activities,” she explains. Visitors to the Market can expect entertainment, family fun activities in partnership with the library and the Parks and Recreation department, and “…hopefully some food trucks to offer ready-to-eat items while people are shopping,” says Dawson.
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If anyone is interested in being a vendor at the Market or becoming a volunteer, contact Denise Dawson at 616-656-5323 or at firstname.lastname@example.org