The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation congratulates the Flint Farmers’ Market on being named among this year’s 15 Great Places in America by the American Planning Association. The honor recognizes local spaces that demonstrate “exceptional character, quality and planning,” and that are “unique and exemplary in their amenities and infrastructure, cultural identity and use of sustainable and innovative practices.”
The 106-year-old market moved in 2014 from a location just north of the city center to a former newspaper production facility in downtown Flint. The 32,000-square-foot building’s transformation allowed the market to grow its vendor base, provide two commercial kitchens to service local chefs and food entrepreneurs, improve handicap accessibility and host both small and large community events and meetings. In August 2015, the market became the new home of Hurley Children’s Center, effectively bridging pediatric health services and access to fresh, locally-produced food to promote a culture of health.
“Apart from energizing the local economy and bringing the community together, the modern Flint Farmers’ Market is also critical to marginalized groups in the area who, through the market, have access to healthy food choices,” the American Planning Association said in a press release.
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