The Prosperity Agenda: Farmers Markets Helping Michigan’s Communities, Economy

prosperity-agenda-thumbFarmers markets have existed in Michigan for more than a 100 years, but are now experiencing a resurgence by more than doubling in numbers in the last decade. They are great places to buy fresh produce and meet-up with friends and family. But they can also provide an economic boost to a community and offer healthy-food options for those in need. On this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show on News/Talk 760 WJR we talk about the importance of farmers markets to our state’s economy and our local communities.  My co-host for this month’s show is Detroit Free Press reporter Matt Helms and our guests are Dru Montri, director of the Michigan Farmers Market; Jennifer Holton, director of communications for the Michigan Agriculture and Rural Development, and Karianne Martus, market manager of the Flint Farmers Market. The Michigan Prosperity Agenda is a monthly radio show that challenges listeners to help make Michigan a better place to live, work and play by creating vibrant and prosperous local communities. It has aired on News/Talk 760 WJR since 2010. The hour-long radio program is hosted by me, Dan Gilmartin, CEO of the Michigan Municipal League (the League). The show is sponsored by the League and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). The League’s next show airs 7 p.m., May 27, 2015 on News/Talk 760 WJR, but you can listen anytime at the League’s website or by subscribing to the FREE iTunes podcast. Learn more about the placemaking concept here as well as on this blog.