You may have heard or seen Flint in the news because of the water crisis, but the staff and volunteers of Flint Fresh are working hard to ensure the next time you think of Flint you think of great, local food.
As spring unfolds in the Upper Peninsula, seedlings have been growing in hoop houses, greenhouses and now fields to prepare for the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market opening day on May 20th. Many farmers markets in the UP do not open until June or even July, but Myra Zyburt, the market manager, explained they are able to open in May because there are enough farmers using season extension techniques that have produce that they are ready to sell.
For the last four years, Cary Junior has been working to create a market for a small group of black farmers not far from Detroit’s city center.
As general manager of the Southeast Michigan Producers Association, or SEMPA, Junior has been leading an effort to build the capacity of these farmers and get their greens, tomatoes, corn, squash and other vegetables into the hands of fellow Detroiters who lack access to healthy, fresh local food.