ARE YOU IN?
If you are a farmer or grower interested in the Allen Market Place “Exchange” selling your produce and products to restaurants, grocery stores and larger scale food service organizations and would like to find out more? Please click here to tell us a little about your farm.
What is “The Big Fuss About Food?”
Plenty! The Allen Market Place is the first non-profit food hub in Mid-Michigan with a commercial incubator kitchen and food exchange— connecting regional farmers with retail merchants, restaurants and institutional buyers, bringing the bounty from regional farms and gardens to the kitchens and tables of our community.
The Allen Market Place will have far-reaching benefits and builds on our well-established food-related projects, including our award winning farmers market that draws more than 16,000 community visitors annually. Allen Market Place, is in the final few months of construction and is centrally located along with Allen Neighborhood Center at the corners of Lansing’s E. Kalamazoo Street and Allen St.
1. The Allen Market Place “Exchange” is getting ready for a early summer, 2013 launch! Assistant Director, Lynne Brown is meeting with farmers and buyers to establish the Allen Market Place founding members. The “Exchange” is a weekly market for the aggregation and distribution of regionally grown and produced foods — connecting farmers & food producers with restaurants, food service managers, caterers, schools, grocers, institutions and others interested in ‘buying local’. If you are interested in finding out how to become a founding member fill out the short farm questionnaire [click here] or contact Lynne by email or call 517-999-3923.
2. Building a Commercial Incubator Community Kitchen. The licensed kitchen will enable us to:
- Offer farmers and food entrepreneurs the ability to produce value-added goods.
- Develop educational classes and opportunities for families on food preparation and preservation of nutritious meals.
- Provide training to neighbors and others interested in culinary skills, production of safe and quality foods, or developing a food business.
3. Keeping it Cool!… Food Storage. The walk-in and reach-in cooler storage will be available for this year’s prime harvesting season. A great addition for both urban growers and rural farmers. Our Rental rates will be posted in April or early May.
4. Expand the Allen Street Farmers Market to a year-round market. A large outdoor market during the summer months and an inside modest farmers market during the winter months — Ensuring year-round access to locally grown produce and we are food stamp-friendly!
The Allen Market Place will impact the triple bottom line: people (their health and year-round food security), planet (strengthening the local/regional food system), and profit (in support of job skill development and food entrepreneurism). We believe that the Food Hub will catalyze a whole new set of food, energy, entrepreneurial, and health related initiatives to enrich public and private life in the region.
Information | Contact
For more information on the The Exchange or Cooler Storage contact Assistant Director, Lynne Brown via email or call 517-999-3923.
For more information on the Commercial Kitchen or Farmer’s Market contact Director, Hollie Hamel via email or call 517-999-3911.
Allen Market Place Construction Progression
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