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Community Foundation commits $150,000 to Market Project The Frankenmuth Community Foundation has affirmed its support of the Frankenmuth Farmers Market’s fundraising drive for a permanent building. At their recent June board meeting, the FCF approved a grant request resulting in a pledge of $150,000 over a three-year period which will be paid out beginning when the project has secured financing to commence construction at their new site.
The Frankenmuth Farmers Market is working to raise funds to construct a new building on two acres of land purchased in 2014 from the Frankenmuth Credit Union. The new location is adjacent to the Frankenmuth Credit Union Administration building on North Main Street. Plans call for a vendor stall area and building that will accommodate up to 50 vendors, a gathering barn to host events and educational activities, a retail farm store and a market office with conference room. In addition, an incubator kitchen is planned which will offer local entrepreneurial food start-up businesses access to a commercial kitchen while providing rental income to the Market. The project is budgeted at just under $2 million and is being managed by TSSF Architects of Saginaw with an anticipated ground-breaking in March of 2016.
Lynn Zuellig, Construction Project Manager for the Frankenmuth Farmers Market explained, “We are thrilled to have the support of the Frankenmuth Community Foundation as we work to create a one-of-a-kind farmers market complex with expanded hours and year round shopping. This vibrant public space will be a destination for visitors and locals alike and will reinforce our support for local farms and artists, keeping our rural heritage alive.”
Now in its 11th season of operation, the popular market has grown from 15 to 32 vendors offering a variety of fresh produce, meats, and artisan products and now attracts up to 1,000 shoppers each week to its Saturday market and upwards of 400 shoppers at extended Wednesday sessions. The Frankenmuth Farmers Market strives to facilitate the exchange of local products and information between growers, producers, and consumers by supplying fresh local products and goods and educating growers, producers, and consumers. The Frankenmuth Farmers Market opened in May of this year on a paved parking area at the new site. Current hours are Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm and Wednesdays from 3 pm to 6 pm. The Market has been rated one of the Top Ten Farm Markets in the state of Michigan by Michigan Travel Ideas Magazine.
“The Frankenmuth Farmers Market has been an incredible asset to our town, providing not only fresh fruits and vegetables, but also education and an enhanced sense of community. The Frankenmuth Community Foundation exists to assist worthy projects such as this as they strive to expand their positive impact in our area,” offered Stephen List, Executive Director of the Frankenmuth Community Foundation.
List continued, “The new Frankenmuth Farmers Market building will increase their visibility, provide easier access to market offerings and provide a space for education and community events for years to come. We are proud to support their efforts as they work to build a fresh future for Frankenmuth.”