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Produce tenant re-opens in Downtown Market

April 29, 2016
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Relish Green Grocer is a tenant in the indoor Market Hall at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids. Photo via fb.com

The Downtown Market will once again have a tenant on hand selling produce and non-perishable items.

Relish Green Grocer re-opened yesterday in the indoor Market Hall after Chris McKellar took over ownership of the operation from the Downtown Market.

McKellar has designed the Relish space similarly to his home pantry.

Downtown Market said Relish will offer fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits from local farms, organic produce, frozen Michigan produce, as well as non-perishable staples and other goods “a family needs to create the core of a meal.”

Grab-and-go items will also be offered once the prep kitchen is completed in May.

McKellar said he wants Relish to be a “convenient and affordable” grocery stop for Downtown Market patrons.

Jenna Weiler will serve as the manager of Relish.

Weiler is involved with Groundswell Farm — a small CSA farm in Zeeland that grows food for more than 140 families in Grand Rapids and Holland — as well as the creator of Tater Tats, which are temporary vegetable tattoos that support small farms and healthy eating.

The Downtown Market said Relish will be a destination for CSA and local farm pickups.

Other Downtown Market businesses by McKellar

McKellar is also the owner of Downtown Market tenant Love’s Ice Cream, which he's relocating and expanding in the hall, and Rocket Pies, a Neapolitan pizza eatery that's coming to the hall.

All three of McKellar’s businesses will be located side by side in a 3,125-square-foot space in the market, with Love’s Ice Cream and Rocket Pies opening later this spring.

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