Produce From D-Town Farm At Wednesday Farmers’ Market

Produce From D-Town Farm At Wednesday Farmers’ Market

5201 Cass Ave.-Detroit, Right in front of Prentis Hall
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Every Wednesday, June 3rd to Oct. 30th

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Wayne State Wednesday Farmers Market Accepts Michigan Bridge Card and WSU One Card

Members of the university, mid-town, and broader Detroit community are invited to visit the Wayne State Wednesday Farmers Market and shop for fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, transplants, and other farm and food products.

The market opened June 3, and runs every Wednesday from 11 AM to 4 PM, through October 28. It is located on Cass Avenue, in front of Prentis Hall (WSU Business School), just north of Warren Ave, and across the street from the Detroit Public Library.

The market features farmers from Detroit and the surrounding metropolitan region, including one farmer from Ontario, Canada. In June, farmers will offer the season’s early gifts, including lettuce, spinach, collard and other greens, peas, potatoes, strawberries, apples, spring flowers, and lots of transplants. Some farmers will have hothouse tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and herbs. One of Detroit’s favorite bakeries, Avalon International Breads, will also maintain a stall through the entire market season.

The market’s organizers are especially proud of Detroit growers who will sell at the market; they include the D-Town Farm run by the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Vandalia Gardens, Earthworks Urban Farm, and the Grown in Detroit Cooperative coordinated by the Garden Resource Program Collaborative.

The Wayne State Wednesday Farmers Market is authorized to accept the Michigan Bridge Card. The Bridge Card is a debit card, in which federal food stamp dollars are deposited so that participating low-income households can purchase food. The food stamp program—now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP—is offered at the market in partnership with Detroit’s Eastern Market Corporation.

SEED Wayne is also gearing up to be authorized to accept the state’s Project Fresh and Senior Project Fresh coupons this season. Project Fresh and Senior Project Fresh are programs that help pregnant women and children, and senior citizens, respectively, have access to Michigan-produced fruits and vegetables sold at farmers markets. This program therefore also supports Michigan farmers.

Additionally the market will accept the Wayne State One Card, for the convenience of students and staff who do business on campus through their One Card.

As with all SEED Wayne activities, the farmers market is made possible with the help of several campus partners, with special thanks to the Division of Business Operations led by Nabelah Ghareeb and the Department of Public Safety led by Chief Tony Holt, and Dean David L. Williams of the School of Business Administration.

The Wayne State Wednesday Farmers Market is a project of SEED Wayne.
For questions regarding the Wayne State Wednesday Farmers Market or SEED Wayne, please contact Kami Pothukuchi at k.pothukuchi@wayne.edu.

SEED Wayne’s mission is to collaboratively build sustainable food systems on the campus of Wayne State University and in Detroit area neighborhoods.

SEED Wayne projects include the Warrior Demonstration Garden and the St. Andrew’s Allotment Garden on campus, in which students and staff grow herbs and vegetables; the Wayne State Wednesday Farmers Market in which area market gardeners and farmers sell fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and prepared foods; Cafeteria Composting, in which kitchen wastes at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center and campus cafeterias are composted; a 4,000 sq. ft. passive solar greenhouse at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen for year-round production of vegetables for the soup kitchen; and Healthy Corner Stores, in which corner stores in the near-Eastside neighborhood around Capuchin Soup Kitchen are being assessed to increase access to healthy foods in the community.

SEED Wayne is made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund. For more information on SEED Wayne, please browse: www.clas.wayne.edu/seedwayne