As the oldest and largest market in Grand Rapids, Fulton Street Farmer’s Market was first established in 1922. In 1926, what is now called the office was built as a hub for farmer’s bringing in their goods. The property itself was set aside in origination to ease congestion when the farmer’s sold their produce block by block from their wagons and vehicles.
Today, the Market sees approximately 11,000 shoppers on a typical week and over 200 vendors throughout the entire year. In fact, currently the Market is involved in a fundraising campaign to perform major renovation on the market stalls, traffic flow, and a permanent building for year-round sales.
Specifically, Fulton Street Farmer’s Market is located on Fulton St. just before Fuller Ave. The Market remains open from the first Saturday in May until the last Saturday before the Christmas holiday. Patrons can visit the Market on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. However, it is strongly recommended that customers arrive in the earlier hours in order to take advantage of the best selection and availability. Additionally, the Farmer’s Market plays host to the Artisans Market starting the second Sunday in June through the last Sunday in September from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
The produce available at the Market varies dependent upon what sort of goods are in season at the moment. However, there promises to always be variety, freshness, and quality. Currently, the Market is carrying the following produce and meats:
- Winter Squash
- Cucumbers, Pickles
- Greens (Arugula, Swiss Chard, Kale, Collard)
- Cut Herbs
- Eggs (duck and chicken)
An assortment of breads, dairy, granola, pet treats, baked goods, jams, jellies, salsa, and other delicious treats are also available.
The Fulton Street Farmer’s Market greatly benefits the Grand Rapids area, as well as Michigan in general. Allowing a venue for farmers from the entire state while promoting the sale of locally grown produce, the support of local farmers, a healthy lifestyle, and a sense of community. Knowing that you are supporting the lifestyle of the farmers who participate in the market lets individuals feel as though our community of Grand Rapids is healthy, successful, and heartfelt.
Construction and renovation on the Market begins this November in order to be completed before the Grand Re-Opening in May. However, remember to continue to visit the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market through December! ~Kristin M. Coppens, Regional Director