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Details: The Fulton Street Farmers Market has been in business since the World War I era and was serving over a million shoppers by the 1920's. Today, although the old brick building above is the only remaining original structure, the market continues to thrive. In 2013 the modern colonnade-style pavilion was completed. Incorporated in the design were new walkways, improved parking, a modern building for year-round access and a bus stop. Architects for the project were Lotz3Metz.
History: Although in the 19th-century farmers could sell their wares on the street, by the turn of the century this was illegal and sellers had to relocate to stands in a large outdoor market on an island in the Grand River. This changed during World War I and new markets opened up including this one, which survived because it was located in a thriving neighborhood. The market was once managed by the Public Services Department of the City, then became part of the City Parks Department, then was part of the neighborhood association and now is a non-profit entity.