Last weekend’s Chicago Sun Times featured a great writeup on the Flint Farmer’s Market, nothing that one thing Vehicle City has over the Windy City is a year-round, enclosed farmer’s market:
In September, the market was named â€œMost Loved Market in Americaâ€ in a nationwide contest sponsored by Care2.com and LocalHarvest.org. Hundreds of the country’s 4,500 farmers markets entered the competition. The Flint market grabbed the $5,000 prize thanks to Web blasts and Facebook voting.
The Flint Farmers’ Market is anchored by a beautiful red brick WPA (Work Progress Administration) building from 1940. It is set in a ravine along the Flint River and has more than 30 vendors. The steel trusses supporting the roof date to 1920, when they were used at the feisty auto town’s former Union Market.
The 15,000-square-foot market features an art gallery, book store, restaurant and Michigan’s only farmers market wine shop….
â€œOne of the downsides of Flint is that there are 18,000 vacant properties,â€ (market manager Dick) Ramsdell explained during an autumn stroll through the market. â€œPeople who worked here left. The upside is that there’s community gardens opening up all over Flint. There’s an emerging food security system for low-income folks, using not only local farmers but people who are starting to grow on vacant lots inside the city.â€