BATTERY PARK MARKET
Meet the Manager
I wanted to take moment to introduce myself and share some exciting news. My name is Michael Armstrong and I am the new Battery Park Market Manager. Some may be aware that the Farmer’s Market is changing locations as we look to grow the market into a sustainable community entity. We want to remain true to what makes the market a wonderful asset and know that the Gordon Square Market has been an important part of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood for a number of years. Even though our location and name are changing – Battery Park Market will remain the community’s market, welcoming and open to all in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood and on the Near West Side.
During the 2015 market season, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) partnered with a resident-led Steering Committee to evaluate the market’s performance and to chart a course for the future. Although the 2015 market drew some loyal customers, growth lagged and its continued operation required significant funding support. Through a market survey, we learned that most patrons wanted a community gathering space associated with the market – ideally, a green space.
This market season, Vintage Development Group will become lead sponsor to underwrite the substantial costs associated with hosting a market, providing the resources needed for the market to grow and thrive. Our new location – on West 75th Street between Battery Park Blvd. and Father Frascati Avenue – will be directly adjacent to Battery Park Neighborhood’s large community green space, overlooking Lake Erie and available for all to enjoy.
The market will kick off June 22 and will take place every Wednesday from 4:00-7:00pm through September 21. We’ll offer great local vendors and we have submitted the applications that will allow us to continue to accept SNAP and WIC.
Please follow us on Facebook and the web to stay up-to-date on the most current information and make sure to join us as we move to create a new community based and supported market in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. Please contact me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can’t wait to see you there.
Market Manager, Battery Park Market
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Battery Park Market is located in the near Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland at Battery Park neighborhood on Father Frascati Drive. The mission of Battery Park Market is fourfold: to build and strengthen connections amongst local growers, artisans and consumers; to educate consumers about the benefits of increasing and preserving local agriculture and buying local products; to provide a market for new and/or small urban growers to immerse themselves in a market, thereby creating a niche for themselves in the local food system; to serve the surrounding neighborhoods, including people of all income levels, by providing fresh, high quality, locally grown produce as well as by providing an environment that fosters social-gathering, interaction and inclusion.
The Gordon Square Farmers’ Market was founded in 2008 as the Ward 17 Farmers’ Market. Building on the reputation and history of Gordon Square as a place to come for great food and entertainment, we renamed ourselves Gordon Square Farmers’ Market (GSFM). Our market is comprised predominately of urban growers who put the local in local food. Most of the produce that you will find at the market is grown within the city limits or 50 miles. Our first season won us friends, customers and a Community Spirit award from Detroit-Shoreway Community Development Organization “for creating a neighborhood market place and enhancing the sustainability of the neighborhood”. We are very proud of this honor and strive to improve upon all that we do. We also won a grant from Cleveland’s Neighborhood Connections to do more outreach and pay musicians to add to the atmosphere of our outdoor market. In 2009, we added more live musicians and locally, sustainably-grown Christmas trees. In 2010, we added the ability to accept Ohio Direction/EBT. In 2012 we won a marketing grant from Enterprise Community Partners through our partnership with the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization. In 2013 we formed a Steering Committee and completed a strategic plan which helped create a clear focus for the future of the market.