Growing Green Neighbors

Encouraging Sufficiency

As part of UCOM’s strategic plan for the next five years we will be focusing on sustainability, eco-consciousness, and client self-sufficiency. The growing Green Neighbors initiative will center on helping our neighbors learn to grow their own foods, making local farm markets accessible, and encouraging more ecofriendly and energy efficient practices in the home. These concepts will be at the forefront of UCOM’s programming over the next five years.

To date UCOM has already begun several new projects under the banner of our Growing Green Neighbors initiative and more are in the works.

To learn more about UCOM’s current and upcoming Growing Green Neighbors projects click on the links below.

Square Foot Gardening

Project Fresh

(Or check out our brochure for an overview of the programs.)

Here's a list of farmers' markets in our area.  All markets listed participate in Double Up Food Bucks when you pay with your bridge card.  This new program will allow food stamp recipients to spend up to $20 a week at area farmers markets and receive $40 worth of Michigan grown produce.

Local Farmers’ Markets

YMCA Farmers Market, GR

Location: 475 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, GR

Days of the Week: Thursday (June – September)

Hours of Operation:   3:00pm – 7:00pm

Contact: Emily Martin (616) 855-9600



Fulton Street Market, GR

Location: 1147 East Fulton Street

Days of the Week: Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat (May - December)    

Hours of Operation:   8:00am – 3:00pm

Contact: Melissa Harrington (616) 454-4118



Plainfield Township Farmers’ Market

Location: Corner of Plainfield Ave and 5 mile

Days of the Week: Tues & Thurs  (May - October 15) 

Hours of Operation:    2:00pm – 7:00 pm

Contact: Tim Teneyck   (616) 364-9086



Southeast Area Farmers’ Market, GR

Location: 334 Burton SE – Garfield Park

Days of the Week: Saturday   (May – October)

Hours of Operation:    9:00am – 2:00pm