Food Access

Increasing access to good food is at the core of our mission to nourish a healthier, wealthier, and happier Detroit. This goal of access isn’t only with regards to our most popular markets but resonates in all of our additional resources, programs, and partnerships as well. Below is more information on the programs that bring the food, culture, and camaraderie of Eastern Market to smaller communities throughout Detroit.

Thanks to the Detroit Lions for being our lead food access sponsor! We appreciate support from our other food access sponsors as well including Beaumont Health, Target, & more, as well as our media partners WJR & 105.1 The Bounce.

Food & Health Fellowship

Each year, Eastern Market Partnership hires around 25 Food & Health Fellows who assume hands-on responsibility for running our Food Assistance operations, Farm Stand program, Tasting Stations, and other market initiatives. 

Food & Health Fellows serve as healthy ambassadors to over 25 weekly partner locations from early-June through mid-October, while also learning about the challenges and opportunities of building a sustainable regional food system. 

Fellows are responsible for purchasing, storing, transporting, displaying, and selling produce at each Farm Stand site. The Fellowship program incubates participants in Michigan’s regional food system and engages them with food justice issues in Detroit.

Farm Stand

We operate 20+ mobile pop-up Farm Stands each week from June through September; offering fresh produce and pantry items at sites all around Metro Detroit. Through relationships with community development organizations, corporate entities, health care systems, and neighborhood farmers markets, the Farm Stand seeks to promote a culture of wellness in the City of Detroit and Southeast Michigan.

Check back for our 2019 Farm Stand Schedule!

Tasting Stations

We’ve partnered with several Detroit-based independent grocery stores to promote increased produce consumption and healthy lifestyles. We do this by setting up nutrition education tables to engage customers in conversations about healthy eating. Most “Tasting Stations” are set up inside grocery stores near the produce department to promote healthy eating through the distribution of samples and recipe cards.

Detroit Community Markets

We support the Detroit Community Markets, a network of neighborhood farmers’ markets and alternative food distribution programs that work to improve healthy food access in the underserved areas in Detroit. Learn more at the Detroit Community Markets website.

Ways to Pay

Bridge Card, Double Up Food Bucks, & Project FRESH

We make the Bridge Card easy to use at our public farmers markets. Bridge Card participants can receive more information about how to use their card at our markets at our Welcome Center or Shed 5 information booth.

Our Double Up Food Bucks program matches your Bridge Card purchases dollar-for-dollar (up to $20 per day), giving them an additional free $20 to spend on Michigan fresh fruits and vegetables. This program runs annually June through December.

Many of our Saturday Market vendors accept WIC Project FRESH and Senior Project FRESH coupons from June through October. Visits these websites to learn more: WIC Project FRESH and Senior Project FRESH.

Some of these benefits are also available at our Tuesday and Sunday Markets from June through September. Check in at our Welcome Center for more information.

Fresh Prescription

Fresh Prescription is a fruit and vegetable prescription program that brings together the healthcare system and the food system, fostering innovative relationships to build a healthy sustainable food system in Detroit. This promising approach to a healthier food system connects patients to fresh, locally-grown produce while providing direct economic benefits to small and midsize farmers.

Participants are referred to the Fresh Prescription program by their primary care physician. The clinician gives the participants a "prescription" to eat more fruits and vegetables and helps set goals for healthy eating. Patients fill their prescription at a partnering farm stand or market, where they also receive nutrition counseling, cooking demonstrations and other educational support for making meaningful, healthy eating changes.

If you're interested in being involved or learning more, please contact Patrice Brown of Eastern Market Partnership or Denise Pike of CHASS Center. Read more details about the program here.

Welcome Center Hours

Stop in to ask a question, get maps and recipes, or present your Bridge Card to receive tokens accepted at many vendors under the sheds.

  • Saturday 6am-4pm (year-round)
  • Tuesday 9am-3pm (June-Sept.)
  • Sunday 10am-4pm (June-Sept.)

District shops and restaurants are open after shed hours. Check our directory for specifics.

1445 Adelaide, Detroit, MI 48207 (between Sheds 2 and 3)

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Give Back to Eastern Market

Our work as a nonprofit includes managing the public market and operating programs to strengthen Metro Detroit’s food sector. We operate programs that increase access to healthy food and incubate and accelerate the growth of food businesses. Donate today & become a Friend of Eastern Market!

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Work for Eastern Market

Eastern Market Corporation is looking for qualified people like you to help us nourish a healthier, wealthier, and happier Detroit. Click below to check our current job openings and see if you might be a good fit with our team!

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