Farmers market to open in new location this year

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 3, 2015


EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe farmers market has a new location, new management and new availability for state Bridge card benefits this year.

The Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe has taken over management of the market, according to Recreation Office Assistant Amanda Hughes, who is one of the people working on it this year.

“It’s going to run from June 6 through Oct. 31. It is a longer market (this year), running from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Saturday,” Hughes said. “There are no skip dates.”

Instead of being at the East Brooke Commons, the market has moved to Eastpointe Memorial Park off 10 Mile Road, west of Gratiot. Recreation Director Tony Lipinski said that while the owner of East Brooke Commons was generous in letting the space host the market, he heard complaints from visitors about limited parking and restrooms.

“We just wanted to try a new location and try to make it where people in the neighborhood could walk to,” Lipinski said. “We have a lot of space at the park; it’s got a little larger parking lot; restrooms are available; it’s in a neighborhood next to the dog park; and we have some activities going at the park, so they kind of complement each other.”

The Recreation Authority also received approval for Michigan Bridge cardholders to participate in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits — essentially the federal food stamp program — and the Double Up Food Bucks program.

Hughes said that under the food bucks program, participants who use their cards to buy fresh food can get a dollar match up to $20. In effect, they can get up to $40 worth of food for $20 on the card, she said.

The Recreation Authority also is planning a couple of themed days, but those are still tentative and will not be announced until solid plans are in place, Lipinski said.

Hughes said that the registration for vendors is being done out of the recreation building at 18185 Sycamore St. in Roseville this year. In addition to farmers and food sellers — for items like jams, jellies and salsas — she said the Recreation Authority is interested in signing up other types of vendors, like Avon or Mary Kay sellers.

Anyone interested in signing up can contact Hughes or Lipinski by calling the recreation center at (586) 445-5480, she added.