Lakeshore farmers market picks up $710K from state


Downtown Muskegon hosts events such as a stop on the Hot Rod Power Tour, which draws some 50,000 visitors. Photo via

A lakeshore farmers market is $710,000 closer to a $4-million move, thanks to the state.

The Downtown Muskegon Development Co. picked up the state funds yesterday to move the Muskegon Farmers Market to a new site in downtown Muskegon, at 1 Market St.

The move will occur in 2014, and the project's organizers are still fundraising. 

Muskegon Farmers Market

The state said the downtown Muskegon Farmers Market will feature two all-season buildings, outdoor vending space and on-site parking on the 3.92-acre site.

The market will feature 20 year-round vendors, as well as office space and a commercial kitchen for community programs and small business incubation.

Throughout the year, the market will be a multi-purpose facility for activities in downtown Muskegon, including outdoor ice skating rinks and lights to support evening events.

The market is expected to create four full-time jobs.

The state’s marketing arm, the Michigan Economic Development Corp., said the grant was allocated under the state’s Community Revitalization Program.

The new Muskegon Farmers Market will help to “further revitalize our state and bring new jobs to our communities,” said Michael A. Finney, MEDC president and CEO. 

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