Downtown Market fills produce vacancy
A new produce vendor is filling the space at the Downtown Market vacated by City Produce.
Beginning today, Relish Green Grocer is the latest vendor to join the market’s indoor Market Hall.
City Produce decided not to renew its lease with the Downtown Market, according to a spokesperson for the market.
City Produce is the first vendor to leave the Downtown Market. The business opened last August. Its owners could not be reached for comment prior to publication.
Relish Green Grocer plans to sell a range of items: fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, milk, butter, natural beverages, produce-related kitchen gadgets and cookbooks, window herb gardens, micro green growing supplies, specialty canning supplies and other Michigan-made products.
“The plan is to source as much from Michigan and our outdoor market farmers as possible,” said Brandon Joldersma, who's leading the venture.
Joldersma added that the business should "help create a stronger, more accessible food network downtown that can meet the demand for fresh food in our neighborhood," creating "a range of long-term community benefits.”
Joldersma has worked in the West Michigan restaurant scene for a number of years.
His previous experience includes assistant general manager positions at Reserve Wine & Food in Grand Rapids and Butch’s Dry Dock in Holland, and most recently, he was employed by Ann Arbor’s U.S. Wine Imports, according to his Facebook page.
Relish Green Grocer is looking to add additional programs and offerings in the future: a distribution program, CSA co-op, Downtown Market merchandise and gift cards, gift baskets, frozen produce, pre-made salads, catering, house-made dressings and dips and chef demos.