Eastern Market is one of Detroit’s most beloved attractions. Detroiters … city dwellers and suburbanites … flock to the Market to buy fresh food, check out the vendors and just plain mingle.
That’s been going on since 1891. As the Market says it’s “where everyone from toddlers to tycoons look for fruits, veggies, fresh-cut flowers, homemade jams, maple syrups, locally produced specialty food products, pasture and/or grass-fed meat and even an occasional goose or rabbit.”
Enter Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3). The company is sponsoring the winter season at Eastern Market.
“Strategic Staffing Solutions’ support will allow us to increase awareness of Eastern Market during the winter season and allow us to continue to build new programs as new market facilities, such as the Detroit Community Kitchen, come on line,” said Dan Carmody, president of Eastern Market.
This is the beginning of a three-year partnership between S3 and Eastern Market. Besides promoting the winter season, the sponsorship will also help support and expand the educational aspects of the Friends of Eastern Market.
Friends of Eastern Market is a program that helps those in Detroit and the surrounding area have access to healthy, green, affordable and fair food choices. It also aids in the strengthening the food sector as a pillar of regional economic growth.
The Market has the potential to make an even bigger impact on Detroit’s economy and its residents.
According to the Market, estimates say if 25% of our food could be sourced locally it would generate nearly 5,000 jobs, create $20 million in new local taxes and $125 million in new household income. Detroit sure could use those jobs and those dollars.
“Eastern Market is one of Detroit’s treasures and S3 is committed to supporting our city’s gems and the health of those who live here,” said Cindy Pasky, president and CEO, Strategic Staffing Solutions. “Our sponsorship will help develop and advance one of Detroit’s most cherished places, increase job opportunities and improve access to healthy foods at America’s most complete metropolitan food hub.”
Any visitors to Eastern Market between now and the end of March will notice some new signs and street pole banners welcoming them. These colorful additions are brought to them by S3.
“Throughout the year, the nature of the market changes with the seasons. By developing seasonal sponsorships for the winter, spring, summer, harvest, and holiday seasons we hope to develop new programs and marketing materials that highlight each season’s distinctiveness,” said Carmody.
While the seasonal sponsorships mark a new chapter for the local hot spot, it is hardly the only first this year. A new Sunday market will debut this summer and Shed 5 will have its renovations finished. Eastern Market is scheduled to finish its $3.9 million Shed 5 renovation project by June. There will be new windows, new garage doors, new bathrooms and radiant heating in the floor. Once the renovations are done you’ll be able to sit at tables under umbrellas and enjoy food from the market and food trucks. There will also be a community kitchen to help food startups that can be rented by the hour.
The Dequindre Cut and Midtown Loop greenways will open in the fall.
All good places to check out … winter, spring, summer or fall.