Article Archives > New farmers’ market to open on Kalamazoo’s Northside

22 Apr 2011

Vendor applications due May 4

Date: April 22, 2011

For more information or digital photos, please contact:

Paul A. Stermer

Executive Director

Fair Food Matters

(269) 492-1270


The Douglass Community Association and Fair Food Matters are collaborating to bring a new farmers’ market to Kalamazoo’s Northside neighborhood.

The Douglass Farmers’ Market will be located at the Douglass Community Association at 1000 West Paterson Street. The market will be open to the public from 3-7 p.m. on May 24, June 28, July 26 and August 23 (the fourth Tuesday of each month)

Market Master Erica Barajas, of Fair Food Matters, said the market has two initial goals: To help increase access to fresh, locally grown produce in the north and east side neighborhoods; and to create an enjoyable, safe community event that brings people together.

The market is currently seeking vendors who produce and sell vegetables, fruits, baked goods, prepared foods, plants, flowers, seeds or crafts. Applications are due Wednesday, May 4.

In addition, the market will bring music and family activities to each market day.

The Douglass Farmers’ Market will accept SNAP benefits via EBT cards.

“During this initial season, we’ll collect information from customers to determine if there is a demand for more market days in the future,” said Barajas.

Updated information and a vendor application are available at the market’s website:

Fair Food Matters is a Kalamazoo-based non-profit organization that works to strengthen neighborhoods, improve community health and support small businesses through local food. Its programs and collaborations include the GrowingMattersGardenand WoodwardSchoolGarden; the Can-Do Kitchen; Eat Local, Kalamazoo; the Douglass Farmers’ Market; the Community Garden Project; Future Chefs; and the Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Festival.

The Douglass Community Association has served countless individuals and families in the north-side and greater Kalamazoocommunities as a center of social, recreational, and community development since 1919. Today, the DCA provides collaborative opportunities for youth development, education, healthy living and leadership.

Fair Food Matters

323 North Burdick Street

Kalamazoo MI 49007

(269) 492-1270



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