Building the Market

Nourishing Detroit

Since it began in the 1800s, Eastern Market has gradually become a cornerstone, nourishing its residents by providing fresh and nutritious food throughout Southeastern Michigan. In more recent years, Eastern Market Corporation has built an infrastructure around the market to support our unwavering mission to enrich Detroit—nutritionally, culturally and economically. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, our goal is to maintain Eastern Market’s:

  • Authenticity
  • Development Equity
  • Connectivity
  • Density
  • Diversity

Vision

We shepherd Eastern Market’s rich history to nourish a healthier, wealthier, and happier Detroit.

Mission

We manage operations, develop programs, build facilities, provide critical infrastructure, and collaborate with community partners to:

  • Strengthen the Eastern Market District as the most inclusive, resilient, and robust regional food hub in the United States.
  • Fortify the food sector as a pillar of regional economic growth
  • Improve access to healthy, green, affordable, and fair food choices in Detroit and throughout Southeast Michigan

2025 Plan & Downloads

Past plans have elevated Eastern Market to one of the nation's most comprehensive regional food hubs and attracted millions in market and infrastructure investments. We embarked on a strategic planning process that will help guide economic development in the district through 2025. You can download the details:

Eastern Market 2025 Strategy Executive Summary

Full 2025 Strategy

Task Force Meeting Notes

Community Workshop 1 - Slides - Notes

Community Workshop 2 - Slides - Notes - Q&A Notes

Stakeholder Presentation

Stakeholder Meeting Notes

Progress

Michigan Farm to Freezer Initiative

Eastern Market Development Corporation

Eastern Market Development Corporation (EMDC) is a community-based non-profit development entity established to ensure that the Eastern Market District remains an authentic and diverse place for all businesses, residents, and visitors. EMDC engages in commercial and mixed-use (mixed-income housing, retail, industrial) development projects in collaboration with private and philanthropic partners. Coming soon: How EMDC’s work is enhancing the district’s unique character.

Welcome Center Hours

Stop in to ask a question, get maps and recipes, or present your Bridge Card to receive tokens accepted at many vendors under the sheds.

  • Saturday 7am-4pm (year-round)
  • Tuesday 9am-3pm (June-Sept.)
  • Sunday 10am-4pm (June-Sept.)

District shops and restaurants are open after shed hours. Check our directory for specifics.

1445 Adelaide, Detroit, MI 48207 (between Sheds 2 and 3)

Get directions

Host your event with us!

Whether you are having a corporate party, wedding, family reunion, business meeting, media event, or numerous other occasions, Eastern Market's historic setting is the perfect venue for any type of event! View our new event brochure, submit an inquiry form, and more to get your event started.

Host Your Event

Give Back to Eastern Market

Our work as a nonprofit includes managing the public market and operating programs to strengthen Metro Detroit’s food sector. We operate programs that increase access to healthy food and incubate and accelerate the growth of food businesses. Donate today & become a Friend of Eastern Market!

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