Harrison City Market on fast track Spaces filling rapidly

March 30, 2017

Tami Cowles from Clare has been set up since January. She sells Avon and Magnabilities.

Tami Cowles from Clare has been set up since January. She sells Avon and Magnabilities.

By Jenn Bomorra

For a city, town, or village to thrive in this economy nowadays, it needs a strong sense of community and support from people in that community to help it grow.
The Harrison City Market plans on being a part of that growth and support for years to come.

Back on October 20th 2016, the grand opening of the market began its journey to seek out local fresh growers for the Farmer’s Market, crafters, artisans, and those with a vision of one day possibly owning their own small businesses.

The project of the City Market was lead and put in force by Tracey Beadle, Manager of the city of Harrison and Kathy Methner of Michigan Works, and The Middle Michigan Development Corp.

Funding for the Harrison City Market came from multiple sources, one being a USDA Rural Development Grant in the amount of $250,000; along with a $ 736,764 Michigan Economic Development Block Grant; a $20,000 Community Facilities Grant, and $ 247,809 was contributed by the City of Harrison.
The Harrison City Market offers year round indoor stalls with outdoor stalls and space when weather permits.

Crafters and artisans of all ranges, and local growers for the farmer’s market play an important part for the community when it comes to economic growth for our area.

“We need this, and I feel confident the city market will take off and be a really great thing for Harrison and the community” said Debbie Andrews, Market Manager.

In addition to the crafters market and farmers market, a full commercial kitchen is up and running and ready for use. Available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, the kitchen can be rented by the hour for a small fee to be used for caterers if needed, hosting cooking classes, community groups, clubs, and event happenings that need access to a kitchen.

The Business Hub of the Harrison City Market offers a chance to take that leap if you’ve ever dreamed of owning a business of your own or take an already established home business and increase its growth and customer base furthering with a store front option. The Business Hub offers all types of support, low overhead, and assistance in all areas of operating a business. The Farmer’s Market will operate Wednesday and Sundays, April through October and the Crafter’s Market runs all year round and operates Fridays and Saturdays.

If you are interested in selling your produce, products, food, or art locally at The Harrison City Market, contact Debbie Andrews, Market Manager @ (989)330-9561 or Rosemary Carson, Community Kitchen Manager @ (989)239-2219.

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