The Excitement is Back at Eastern Market-October 27, 2010

Posted on October 27, 2010 - 2:46 pm

by Ed Deeb

Boy, what a difference between the Eastern Market of years gone by and the Eastern Market of today!  The Market is looking so much better and is attracting many new shoppers. Bottom line:  The excitement is back at Eastern Market!

And have you noticed that new farmers markets are cropping up in many cities, not only throughout southeastern Michigan, but all over the state. This is great news for farmers, offering them more opportunities to display and sell the products they have grown. 

But Eastern Market is the largest in our state, and the "granddaddy" of them all, operating in the same location since 1891.  Our market has always been one of Detroit's jewels.   With all the recent shed renovations, new vendors, farmers and flower growers participating, Eastern Market is better than ever.  Many are not aware that our market is one of the largest farmers markets in the nation.  And instead of being in one building or outdoor farmers stand, our Eastern Market is spread over several outdoor sheds, making it unique. Not only do we have the large array of farmers selling products in our area, we are also fortunate to have a large number of retailers and wholesalers surrounding the sheds where you can shop for more values.

The new shed renovations now permit organizations and companies to rent shed facilities for special occasions, as luncheons, dinners, fundraisers. Sheds 2, 3 and 5 are available.  For information and requirements, contact the Eastern Market Corporation at (313) 833-9300.

The renovated Shed 2 is looking great.  The newly renovated Shed 3 was completed earlier this year and dedicated on July 17th.  Mayor Dave Bing was our featured speaker, extolling the new look and beauty of Eastern Market as one of Detroit's jewels.

Mayor Bing asked for everyone's cooperation working together to help reinvent and revitalize the City of Detroit.   On hand at the dedicationceremony were many guests, board members and staff of the Eastern Market Corporation.  EMC president Dan Carmody welcomed the guests. The renovation of Shed 5 will begin soon.

In addition, Eastern Market is considering a weekday market. The plans have not been finalized yet, but it is something to look forward to.

EMC is now working with numerous community organizations and associations to maximize food distribution in our area is as many needy and hungry people who need our help.   They include such organizations Greening of Detroit,  Gleaners Community Food Bank, Forgotten Harvest, Michigan State University, USDA, Michigan Food and Beverage Assn., Fair Food Network, State of Michigan, just to mention a few.

Many people have told me that they miss Ann and Sal Ciaramitaro.  They were the former owners and operators of Ciaramitaro Bros. Produce Co., across from R. Hirt, Jr. Co. on the corner of Market Street.  After 70 years in the business Ciaramitaros retired, but they are dearly missed.  They were upbeat cheerleaders of the market, always greeting customers with a smile and offering them their morning cup of coffee.  If you wish to send a card, they are at: 429 Riviera Dr., St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.

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