There's enough good local food and customers to go around, in the eyes of Fulton Street Farmer's Market vendors and management.
They'll begin their 91st season with renovations complete at East Fulton and Fuller NE, according to Manager Melissa Harrington. "That culminated with a 2,000 square foot building that we'll be opening tomorrow." Harrington said the flow of their operation is improved by that space for permanent vendors, improved access and handicap accessible restrooms available at either end of the market.
Much attention and investment has been given to the Downtown Market at Ionia south of Wealthy, Harrington said their operation should not be diminished as a result. "We have vendors who have been selling here for generations and shoppers who have been here for many generations and customers who have been shopping with the same farmer for generations." Harrington said the public benefits as "this raises awareness of local food and farmer's markets in Grand Rapids."
She said while asparagus is less likely on Opening Day due to a cold season, they'll have "all sorts of meats, cheese, eggs, baked goods. We still have farmers that are growing hydroponic greens, so you can get lettuce, spinach, kale." There will also be flats of flowers and rhubarb available for planting. Fulton Street Farmer's Market hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. There will also be Wednesday evening sessions from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. from June to September. You'll find more about the Fulton Street Farmer's Market at their Facebook page.