For the past two weeks, WYCE’s The Local Feed has been speaking with Kayem Dunn to learn more about the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids. Dunn, a nonprofit management consultant, has been working with the market as a member of the Downtown Development Authority Board since 2008.
Listen to the extended interview linked above. We discuss the market hall, restaurants, green houses, kitchen educational facilities, and much more.
The 137,000 square foot, LEED Registered market hall building opens later this summer. Although the building is under construction, the outdoor market shed is open for the farmers market three times per week. Visit them Tuesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and Thursday evenings 4:00 to 7:00.
Make your mark on the Downtown Market by sponsoring in the new Market Grove. It’s a two-dimensional, metal sculpture featuring a grove of five apple trees. It is installed in the second floor atrium of the Downtown Market, which is open for public seating and enjoyment. That is the main community gathering space in the Market, so everyone who visits will see it! This area overlooks the Market Hall and all the activity that takes place below. Sponsor a leaf for $200.00, an apple for $500.00, or the whole tree (trunk and branches) for $25,000.00.
Here is a list of the Market Hall Vendors that are confirmed so far – there will be more!
Theresa is the author of the Michigan Local Foodbeet blog and Facebook page. The Foodbeet's mission is to educate readers on how to find, prepare, eat, preserve, and enjoy local food. She also writes and narrates for The Local Feed on WYCE. These are two minute segments on local food. Listen online at wyce.org on Saturdays at 8:30 am and 5:30 pm.
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