Eating local, yes we've all heard about that. The produce is fresher and more nutritious, it supports the local economy and cuts back on food miles. It's a total win. And Detroit's Corktown neighborhood just won with the opening of The Farmer's Hand. This new market-café aims to bring make it easier for locals to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and eat healthily and locally.
The market, modeled after Argus Farm Stop in Ann Arbor and Local Roots in Wooster, Ohio, is the idea of Rohani Foulkes and Kiki Louya. It carries fresh produce, meat, dairy, eggs, bread, pastries, dry goods, housewares, and natural body care. What makes this new business even more important is that all the products being sold are Michigan produced, making it Detroit's first and only entirely local grocery. Foulkes and Louya have partnerships with 100 growers, producers, and artisans. In return for their contributions, market partners will receive 70 cents for every dollar The Farmer's Hand makes in sales. (In contrast, popular chain grocers offer 17 cents for every dollar made.)
Corktown has become a destination for anyone interested in food and The Farmer's Hand looks is sure to add to the neighborhood's appeal and have impact state-wide.
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