Increasing access to good food is at the core of our mission to nourish a healthier, wealthier, and happier Detroit. This goal of access isn’t only with regards to our most popular markets but resonates in all of our additional resources, programs, and partnerships as well. Below is more information on the programs that bring the food, culture, and camaraderie of Eastern Market to smaller communities throughout Detroit.
Food & Health Fellowship
Each year, Eastern Market Corporation hires around 15 Food & Health Fellows who assume hands-on responsibility for running our Food Assistance operations, Farm Stand program, Tasting Stations, and other market initiatives. The Fellowship program incubates participants in Michigan’s regional food system and engages them with food justice issues in Detroit.
We operate 20+ mobile pop-up Farm Stands each week from June through September; offering fresh produce and pantry items at sites all around Metro Detroit. Through relationships with community development organizations, corporate entities, health care systems, neighborhood farmers markets, and schools, the Farm Stand seeks to promote a culture of wellness in the City of Detroit and Southeast Michigan.
We’ve partnered with several Detroit-based independent grocery stores to promote increased produce consumption and healthy lifestyles. Most “Tasting Stations” are set up inside grocery stores near the produce department to promote healthy eating through the distribution of samples and recipe cards. We also help connect grocery store stores with our Wholesale Market.
Detroit Community Markets
We support the Detroit Community Markets, a network of neighborhood farmers’ markets and alternative food distribution programs that work to improve healthy food access in the underserved areas in Detroit. Learn more at the Detroit Community Markets website.
Red Truck Fresh Produce
We support Red Truck Fresh Produce grocery store, located in the Gratiot Central Market at 1429 Gratiot. Red Truck offers fresh produce, healthy prepared foods, and a variety of locally produced goods six days a week. Red Truck is the one place in the market district that you can purchase a head of lettuce year round. The store also runs a workforce training long term unemployed Detroiters with an additional focus on training veterans. Learn more at the Red Truck Fresh Produce website.
Ways to Pay
Bridge Card, Double Up Food Bucks, & Project FRESH
We make the Bridge Card easy to use at our public farmers markets. Bridge Card participants can receive more information about how to use their card at our Sunday, Tuesday, and Saturday Markets at our Welcome Center or Shed 5 information booth.
Our Double Up Food Bucks program matches your Bridge Card purchases dollar-for-dollar (up to $20 per day), giving them an additional free $20 to spend on Michigan fresh fruits and vegetables. This program runs annually June through December.