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City Produce weighs in at Downtown Market

August 30, 2013
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City Produce weighs in at Downtown Market
Rows of strawberry cartons for sale at Downtown Market in Grand Rapids. Photo via

If you were worried about how you’ll get fresh produce during the winter months, City Produce will open its doors at the Downtown Market on Monday.

City Produce will offer a supply of fresh produce throughout the year at the indoor Market Hall.

Co-owners Alison Maat and Chris VandeGuchte grew up in the West Michigan produce business and this is their first foray into retail.

“Both of our families are involved in the wholesale produce business, and we are eager to take that experience to create a fun and unique shopping experience at the Downtown Market,” Maat said. “We have access to a diverse group of local and Michigan regional growers, from whom we will source organic and seasonal vegetables.”

Market Hall is becoming the closest thing to a grocery store in downtown yet. In addition to fresh vegetables, shoppers can also stock up on beef, pork, lamb and fish, find spices, peruse a selection of dessert options and even pick out flowers for their centerpiece.

“The Downtown Market is bringing together artisans, building community and incubating new ideas for Grand Rapids’ new food economy,” said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO of the market. “There is a growing variety of people in West Michigan with new and interesting ideas for food, and we are excited to bring them together at the Downtown Market.”

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