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Flint Farmer's Market: 71st Anniversary Event

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The Flint Farmers' Market proudly welcomes back Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy of Flint as the sponsor of "Get Back to Your Roots."  The event, which is also a 71st birthday celebration for the market, will take place Saturday, October 8 from 11 AM to 2 PM.  The market is located at 420 East Boulevard Drive just off I-475 Exit 8A.  The event is open to the public and free of charge. 

"Diplomat is pleased to support the Flint Farmers' Market," said Phil Hagerman, President and CEO of Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy. "The market is our county's center for locally grown food, and buying local helps build our community.  We're encouraging all our employees to shop at the Farmers' Market. It's a great way to meet your neighbors, eat healthier and support local businesses."

The event will feature cooking demonstrations from local chefs who will be preparing dishes made with Michigan root vegetables.  Free recipe books will be on hand that include the demo dishes as well as other root vegetable favorites from market vendors.  There will be a vendor pie competition where customers can try tastes of vendor pie specialties (while supplies last.) Visiting Nurses will have flu shots available.  Volunteers from "Friends of the Market" organization will be on hand selling market aprons, t-shirts, cutting boards, bags, and more.  There will be kids activities and LIVE music from local jazz trio "Compared to What?" 


A bit about the Market's own roots:

The market is actually more than 100 years old but it has been at its current location since 1940.  The earliest recorded open air market in Flint began on the southeast corner of Beach and Kearsley Streets during the summer of 1905.  After World War I, the market moved to the southeast corner of Harrison and Union Streets (the current site of the UM-Flint Thompson Library), where a large, drafty building was erected in 1920.  In 1940, built by WPA workers (President Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration), the current market rose on the banks of the Flint River.  The steel trusses supporting the roof are the originals from the 1920 Union Street building, wheeled over to the current site on railroad cars.  When the trolley tracks which ran along Industrial Avenue next to the old Buick plant were torn up in 1939, they were recycled to form the pilings which anchor the current cement floor.  It is a much different market today.  Back then, the Market Master lived on the second floor in space currently occupied by Steady Eddy's and Art at the Market. There used to be a police mini-station in what is now Thompson Creek Turkey Farm and there was a police vehicle storage area and firing range in today's lower level Garden Room.  The Flint Farmers' Market has been managed by Uptown Reinvestment Corporation since 2002. 


"The Flint Farmers' Market has a rich history.  It is a special place that is loved by many.  We hope the community comes out on October 8 as we celebrate both healthy and historical Roots," said Market Manager Dick Ramsdell.

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