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Ypsi Area Online Market opens in response to COVID-19

The online market brings community members together by providing fresh goods and supporting local farmers and businesses.

Ypsilanti-area farmers are collaborating with The Ypsi Area Online Market. Already included on the list are Growing Hope, The Farm at St. Joe’s and Zilke Farm Kitchen. This online market comes to the community during the challenging and unfamiliar time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 17, the Ypsilanti Farmer Markets posted to their Facebook page stating, “After careful consideration, we’ve decided to tentatively reschedule the Opening Days for the Ypsilanti Farmer Markets outdoor season for Tuesday, June 2, and Saturday, June 6. The circumstances around the pandemic have been evolving rapidly, so this date may change as the situation continues to develop. To keep our Vendors, Shoppers and Community safe, Growing Hope has partnered with The Farm at St. Joe's and Zilke Farm Kitchen to open the Ypsi Area Online Market! This online farmer’s market has 3 no/low contact pickup locations to choose from and a growing list of vendors.”

The Ypsi Area Online Market will enable the community to come together in support of local businesses as well as shop from the comfort of their own home. Users can make an account and select a pick-up site, from one of three locations listed below at the hours indicated. This information is accessible on their website.

The Ypsilanti Farmers Marketplace

16 S Washington St Ypsilanti, MI, 48197

Hours: Tuesdays 4 p.m to 7 p.m.

The Farm at St Joe’s

5557 McAuley Dr, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Hours: Wednesdays 4 p.m to 6 p.m.

Zilke Farm Kitchen

1115 Dexter St, Milan, MI 48160

Hours: Fridays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The website is easy to navigate, with images of most products and filters, that allow customers to shop by category. Producers of all products are available for viewing in one of the menu tabs, at the top of their website. This allows customers to learn more about the shop, including their location, brief background and a website to their shop.

The Ypsi Area Online Market pick-up locations accept Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Double Up Food Bucks. If able to use Double Up Food Bucks, spending $1.00 will get back $1.00 of free fruits and vegetables, according to their website. For more information on Double Up Food Bucks, visit their website.

Buyers are able to purchase locally grown vegetables, herbs, baked goods, cheese, eggs, meats, honey, meal kits, salsas, chocolates and more. The Ypsi Area Online Market supports Ypsilanti-area farmers and small business owners while bringing fresh goods to community member’s tables.